April 22, 2021
Office of The Director, National Institutes of Health (OD)
National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
This Notice is a time sensitive RFI to gather input about enhancing the science of the ECHO program.
NOTE:It is important to read this entire RFI notice to ensure you prepare an adequate response and to have a full understanding of how NIH will use your response.
Background: In 2016 NIH launched the nationwide ECHO Program. Its mission is to enhance the health of children for generations to come. The impact of ECHO’s observational research rests on availability of combined data from multiple diverse pre-existing and ongoing maternal-child cohort studies, driven by the ECHO-wide Cohort data collection protocol. To date the ECHO-wide Cohort data platform contains data on over 50,000 children and their families.
This RFI seeks input from stakeholders throughout the extramural scientific community and the general public regarding enhancing the science of ECHO.
The NIH seeks comments on any or all of but not limited to, the following topics:
I. General Topics
II. Preconceptional Origins of Child Health Outcomes:
For more information about this RFI, please join us for a webinar on May 6, 2021 at 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET
Also, for your information, ECHO will sponsor a workshop on Preconceptional Origins of Child Health Outcomes on June 17 and 18, 2021. Please register here.
How to Submit a Response
You must submit your response electronically as follows:
Responses to this RFI Notice are voluntary. NIH will not consider submitted information confidential. Responses are welcome from associations and professional organizations as well as individuals. This RFI is for planning purposes only and should not be construed as a solicitation or as an obligation on the part of the Federal Government, the National Institutes of Health, or individual NIH Institutes or Centers. The NIH will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. NIH will analyze the information submitted and may share it internally or in reports. The information may or may not be reflected in future solicitations, as appropriate and at the Government’s discretion. NIH advises respondents the Government is under no obligation to acknowledge receipt of the information provided and will not provide feedback to respondents.
Please direct all inquiries to NIHKidsandEnvironment@od.nih.gov