Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 6/23/2023

Maximizing the Scientific Value of Data Generated by the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program: Dissertation Grant (R36)

The goal of this NOFO is to support doctoral candidates studying high-priority areas of child health for the completion of their doctoral dissertation research project. This NOFO seeks to advance research in child health by stimulating the use of Environmental Influences on Child Health (ECHO) Cohort data by doctoral students in relevant scientific areas. This RFA will provide students working on dissertations the opportunity to access the ECHO data within the NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH) repository.  ECHO’s DASH dataset integrates deidentified longitudinal data from more than 41,000 participants across the U.S.  Prenatal and child exposure data include physical, chemical, social, behavioral, and biological factors.  ECHO’s five primary pediatric outcome areas are pre-, peri-, and postnatal outcomes, upper and lower airway, obesity, neurodevelopment, and positive health. This award will facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of early environmental exposures and child health research, enhancing the pool of highly talented researchers. NIH encourages applications   supporting candidates from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups  as described in the Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity (NOT-OD-20-031). 


  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): October 1, 2023

  • Application Due Date: November 01, 2023

RFA-OD-23-020 Expiration Date November 02, 2023

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible institutions must have a doctoral degree-granting program in the candidate's area of study. The applicant institution must be the institution at which the PD/PI is pursuing doctoral studies.  The research training should occur in a strong research environment that has appropriate human and technical resources for the proposed research and is demonstrably committed to high-quality research training in the research area proposed by the PD/PI. 

Eligible PDs/PIs include predoctoral students at the dissertation stage of training. The candidate  must have an approved dissertation proposal (at the time of award), show evidence of high academic performance in the field of study and a commitment to a career as an independent research scientist, an independent physician-scientist or other clinician-scientist (dual-degree training)

This NOFO is available to support predoctoral students from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical research, who are in good standing in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions; see above  for additional information regarding eligibility for this program). The PD/PI must have a baccalaureate degree and be currently enrolled in a PhD or equivalent research degree program (e.g., EngD, DNSc, DrPH, DSW, PharmD, PsyD, ScD), a formally combined MD/PhD program, or other combined professional/clinical and research doctoral (e.g., DDS/PhD) in the biomedical, behavioral, or clinical sciences.

 NIH does not allow multiple PD/PIs.

 By the time of the award, the individual must be a citizen or a non-citizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence (i.e., possess a valid Permanent Resident Card USCIS Form I-551 or other legal verification of such status).

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