Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers 2016 (U54)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

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 FOA invites applications for research center cooperative agreements 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 support IDD-related projects funded by other sources; and 2) at least one specific research project related to one of five focus themes identified as an area of research need in IDD. Funds for the majority of research projects using these core facilities come from independent sources including Federal, State, and private organizations.   

Only one application per institution is allowed.


  • Duke Internal: January 11, 2016
  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): January 18, 2016
  • Application Due Date(s): February 18, 2016

RFA-HD-16-013 Expiration Date February 19, 2016

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

The IDDRC Center Director(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) 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 commitment of 2.4 person-months to the IDDRC. The Center Director(s) may also serve as PD(s)/PI(s) on the Research Project Component of the IDDRC. The Center Director(s) cannot serve as a Project PD/PI on another active IDDRC award.



Amount Description

Award budgets are limited to $800,000 total direct costs per year.

The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF via the upload feature on the ORS website.

* A letter of support from dean/chair – 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* NIH Biosketch

The project summary should describe your project sufficiently for our reviewers to understand what you are proposing and its relevance. Go to the ORS Current Competition page: Select the funding opportunity you wish to apply to and upload your materials.

Internal Deadline

January 11, 2016

External Deadline

February 18, 2016