University of Southern California


RFA-HD-21-009: Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers 2021 (P50 Clinical Trial Optional)

Slots:                                        1

Internal Deadline:                     May 8, 2020, noon PT

LOI:                                          30 days prior to the application due date

External Deadline:                    August 14, 2020  

Award Information:                  Type: Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: NICHD intends to commit $6,500,000 in FY2021 to fund up to 5 awards.

Anticipated Amount: Application budgets are limited to $800,000 direct costs per year.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


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Who May Serve as PI:              

The PD(s)/PI(s) (known as the IDDRC Center Director) should be a scientist or science administrator who can provide effective scientific and administrative leadership. The PD(s)/PI(s) of the IDDRC should be a recognized scientific leader(s) experienced in the field of IDD research and must be able to coordinate, integrate, and provide guidance in the establishment of research programs. The Director(s) will be responsible for the organization and operation of the IDDRC and for communication with the NICHD on scientific and operational matters. The Director(s) should be able to integrate and synthesize the proposed research, and, thereby, serve as an example to other investigators. The Center Director(s) should have a minimum total combined commitment of 2.4 person-months to the IDDRC. The Center Director(s) may also serve as the Director(s) on the Research Project component or a Core of the IDDRC, although their level of effort will need to increase. The Center Director(s) cannot serve as a Project PD/PI on another active IDDRC award.



The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to seek applications for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers (IDDRCs). This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for research center grants designed to advance the diagnosis, prevention, treatment, and amelioration of intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). This FOA seeks applications from institutions that meet the qualifications for a multi-disciplinary program of IDD research that will include: 1) Cores that facilitate interdisciplinary and translational research in IDD and its dissemination, and that support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and 2) at least one specific research project related to one of several focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD. Funds for the majority of outside research projects using these core facilities come from independent sources including Federal, State, and private organizations.


A major goal of the NICHD IDDRC Program is to support research that leads to the prevention and/or amelioration of IDD. The intent of the IDDRC Specialized Center program is to bring together scientists from various disciplines to work within a Center on the most pressing issues related to IDD. Each IDDRC typically supports investigators studying a range of topics in basic and clinical or applied research. This FOA also encourages support of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, junior investigators, and investigators new to the IDD field through their access to Core services, as one of the goals of the IDDRC program is to attract scientists to IDD research. NICHD strongly encourages translation of basic research observations into patient-oriented protocols whose ultimate aims are to validate the mechanistic basis of IDD in humans and to develop new approaches for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of IDD. In addition, for the purposes of this FOA, it is essential that scientific personnel and institutional resources capable of providing a strong research base in the IDD field are available.


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