NICHD Seeks Input on Health Disparities Research at Non-Research Intensive Institutions

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has issued a Request for Information (RFI): Defining an Agenda to Address Research Capacity Building (NOT-HD-10-016) that seeks input from the broad scientific community “regarding models and best practices in the development of sustainable research capacity at non-research intensive institutions of higher education with the long term goal of conducting health disparities research.”  Responses to this RFI will be used in planning future NICHD funding programs in such fields as reproductive health, child development, and rehabilitation research.

The RFI asks for comments describing challenges and possible solutions in areas such as:

  • Creating a culture in which original research and facilitating research literacy are valued activities.

  • Innovations in creating adequate time for conducting original research. 

  • Implementing a research agenda that supports the mission of the institution as well as reflects the national research agenda. 

  • Innovative approaches to creating a critical mass of independent biomedical and bio-behavioral researchers at non-research intensive institutions. 

  • Encouraging interdisciplinary research across departments. 

  • Motivating undergraduate and/or graduate students to become involved in research. 

  • Evaluating efforts to enhance research infrastructure and capacity at institutions.

The deadline for responses is August 15, 2010.  See the RFI notice for further information and instructions for submitting comments.