The NICHD seeks to advance knowledge and improve public health through prevention research. The Associate Director for Prevention Research helps accomplish this mission by assessing, promoting, and coordinating prevention research within the NICHD.
Prevention research can be primary or secondary. Primary prevention seeks to prevent onset, while secondary prevention seeks to reduce the severity, consequences, and recurrence of disease or disorder, injury, or disability. At some level, all NIH research, including basic research with tissue or animals seeks to prevent health problems. However, the emphasis on prevention here is on human research with direct prevention outcomes in the form of health or risk factors. Prevention research includes studies with human populations and the following purposes:
Prevention research is supported primarily through the NICHD extramural branches. The NICHD Associate Director for Prevention Research has no separate research budget and does not issue RFPs or other funding announcements and does not manage a grant portfolio.
However, information about relevant NICHD research funding opportunities and expert conferences will be posted on this page as they become available.
NICHD prevention research seeks to support a federal government environment that includes many offices, programs, and entities with a focus on prevention research. Among these include the following: