About the Friends of NICHD Coalition

  • The Friends of National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) is an independent coalition of over 100 organizations formed in the mid-1980’s to support the important role of NICHD.

  • Member organizations represent scientists, physicians, health care providers, patients and parents concerned with the health and welfare of women, children, families and people with disabilities. Members do not pay a fee to join or belong.

  • The Friends of NICHD Executive Committee manages the coalition. Current members of the Executive Committee are the American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, March of Dimes, Consortium of Social Science Associations, Society for Research in Child Development, Population Association of America/Association of Population Centers, Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Association of University Centers on Disabilities, American Physical Therapy Association, National Women’s Health Network and the National Center for Learning Disabilities.

  • The primary mission of the Friends of NICHD is to advocate on behalf of the institute during the annual congressional appropriations and budget processes.

  • The Friends also promote NICHD-funded research activities and advances by sponsoring briefings for congressional staff, mailings to Members of Congress and staff, drafting fact sheets, facilitating tours of the institute and research facilities for congressional staff, and submitting annual testimony to the House and Senate appropriations committees.

  • The Friends of NICHD co-chairs maintain an active list serve to inform the Friends about key science policy issues and to share important announcements about NICHD and its research programs.

  • At least twice a year, the Friends meet with the NICHD director and other NICHD staff to discuss issues of mutual concern. The Friends are invited to attend and observe the public sessions of the NICHD Advisory Council meetings.