NICHD invites comments on proposed reorganization

Seven of the current ten extramural research branches would be renamed and two additional branches are proposed to be added

After undertaking the Vision Process (PDF, 1.1KB) last year to help identify scientific opportunities for the coming decade, NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher announced at the January Advisory Council meeting that he would also like to streamline the organization of the institute itself. Under the proposed reorganization, 7 of the current 10 extramural research branches would be renamed to more clearly identify for the research community what research the branch funds and two additional branches are proposed to be added. One of the new branches will focus on pediatric injury prevention and critical care, in recognition that childhood injuries are the leading cause of childhood mortality. Notably, the Child Development and Behavior branch and the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities branches would remain unchanged, while the Demographic and Behavioral Science Branch would be changed to the Demography and Population Sciences Branch. Under the proposed reorganization, no research portfolios or research programs have been moved or eliminated, although there will be a review at the staff level to determine if adjustments in portfolios are needed. Comments on the proposed reorganization can be sent to NICHD. 

On March 7, Guttmacher took questions about the reorganization at a meeting held at APA, prior to a meeting of the Friends of NICHD. For information about that meeting, contact Karen Studwell.