Release Date:  May 26, 1999

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development

The National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) in the
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has issued an
RFA for Medical Rehabilitation Research Networks.  The full text of the RFA
can be found at

The mechanism chosen for funding the networks is the National Institutes of
Health (NIH) resource-related research project grant (R24).  It is hoped that
this mechanism will foster sharing of facilities and collaboration among
disciplines, and generate individual research project grants in medical
rehabilitation.  To provide a wide distribution of facilities and resources
devoted to research relevant to medical rehabilitation, NCMRR seeks
applications from institutions located in four areas of the United States: the 
Northeast, South, Midwest and West.  State distributions are as follows:

Northeast:  Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Maine, Maryland, 
Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode
Island, Vermont.

South:  Alabama, Arkansas, Florida Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Louisiana,
North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia.

Midwest:  Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri,
Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin.

West:  Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada,
New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wyoming

To familiarize the research community with this mechanism and with the goals
of the Medical Rehabilitation Research Networks, NCMRR has scheduled
informational workshops for potential applicants.  At each, NICHD staff will
present the background of the RFA, and will provide information and answer
questions relevant to applications responding to this RFA.  Pre-registration
is optional (contact staff listed below under INQUIRIES), and attendance is
not required for submission of an application.  There are no registration fees
associated with the workshops.  Travel will be at the expense of attendees. 
Workshop summaries, including frequently asked questions, will be available  
for those investigators unable to attend.  This material will be available
through the contacts listed under INQUIRES or on the Internet at:  Investigators are encouraged to
share information and meeting materials with colleagues.

The workshops will take place in July, allowing investigators time to consider
the logistics of a network application prior to submission of a letter of
intent (November 15, 1999) or an application (January 12, 2000).  Morning
(8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. local time) and afternoon (1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. local
time) sessions are planned for each venue to allow attendees some flexibility
in travel schedules.


July 9, 1999
Natcher Conference Center
Building 45, Room F1/F2
National Institutes of Health
Bethesda, Maryland 20892

July 13, 1999
Sheraton Grand Hotel (Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport)
Renoir Conference Room
4440 West John Carpenter Freeway
Irving, Texas 75063

July 15, 1999
The Wyndham Hotel (Chicago O'Hare International Airport)
Salon E Conference Room 
5615 North Cumberland
Chicago, Illinois 60631


Dr. Louis A. Quatrano
Director, Behavioral Sciences and Rehabilitation Engineering Program
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Building 61E, Room 2A03, MSC 7510
6100 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510

Dr. Stephen A. Tuel
Director, Clinical Practices Program
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Building 61E, Room 2A03, MSC 7510
6100 Executive Boulevard
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510

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