OSP FO# 11-049

AGENCY: Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS)/National Institutes of Health (NIH)/Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

PROGRAM: Learning Disabilities Research Centers (P50)

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding to develop new knowledge about learning disabilities in language, reading and writing, and comorbid conditions. The program supports research to address the definition, classification, etiology, diagnosis, epidemiology, early identification, prevention and preventive approaches, and remediation of children, adolescents, or adults identified with or at risk for learning disabilities (LDs) in component oral language abilities, reading, and written expression abilities and relationships among these LDs and other disabilities. Both foundational and translational research are encouraged with emphasis on investigations into approaches that serve as alternative classification approaches (including hybrid models) to models or approaches that make exclusive use of the IQ-achievement discrepancy criterion for identification. A major focus of the effort should include how these models or combinations of models distinguish LDs from low achievement and other disorders that affect learning, including those that encompass a range of cognitive abilities.

Applicants to this program should propose inter-disciplinary, coordinated programs of research that demonstrate cohesion and synergy across research subprojects and cores. Investigators are required to examine, as part of a broader, richly integrated set of projects, factors related to at least two of the following topics: development of reading comprehension skills, writing skills, and/or executive functions skills (as these skills relate to literacy development in individuals at risk or identified with an LD impacting reading or writing). Although not all subprojects within the application are expected to examine questions related to these three topical areas of interest, applications must include a focus on at least two of these topics across one or more subprojects.

The goal of this program is to produce transdisciplinary, coordinated programs of research supported through the P50 center grant mechanism. The proposed research must include three or more related, highly-integrated, and high quality research projects that provide multidisciplinary, yet unified and interdisciplinary interaction, and include at least two resource cores. All centers are required to include a service core tasked with efficiently and effectively providing access to research resources to subprojects, and translating and disseminating results to broader research and practitioner communities as scientifically appropriate; applications should include as part of the service core’s responsibilities a cogent plan for professional mentorship for pre-doctoral, post-doctoral and/or early stage investigators that would be involved in one or more of the subprojects and how these efforts would be coordinated across projects and across sites. Additionally, an administrative core is required.

Letters of Intent (optional): April 4, 2011
Full Proposal: May 3, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: NICHD intends to commit an estimated total of $7 million for 4–5 awards. Application budgets are not limited, but need to reflect actual needs of the proposed project. Direct costs of up to $1.2 million may be requested for the initial year. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Brett Miller, PhD
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 4B05, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Rockville, MD 20852 (for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: (301) 496-9849
Email: millerbre@mail.nih.gov
Web: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-HD-12-202.html

REMARKS: Complete program guidelines and application materials (RFA-HD-12-202 and PHS 398) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.