Supporting researchers and research efforts at other institutions and organizations—called extramural research—allows the NICHD to greatly expand the reach of activities in support of its mission in a way that would not be possible relying on Institute researchers alone.
These investigators, at universities and other research institutions around the world, rely on NICHD support to conduct biomedical, biobehavioral, and interventional research that improves the health of people throughout the world, including vulnerable populations such as those with disabilities and those in resource-poor areas.
Investigations supported through the NICHD's extramural research program have provided answers about the genetic causes of many types of intellectual and developmental disabilities, such as Rett syndrome and Fragile X syndrome, and have advanced knowledge about healthy pregnancy and infant health.
To learn more about the activities and health-related areas studied by the NICHD's extramural organizational units, select a link below.
- Division of Extramural Research (DER)
The DER's research Branches and Offices support investigations of normative and abnormal development and growth, as well as behavioral and emotional wellbeing and problems that disproportionately affect communities of color.
- National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR)
The NCMRR aims to advance scientific knowledge needed to enhance the health, productivity, independence, and quality-of-life of people living with disabilities.