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Please Note: NICHD staff cannot provide medical diagnoses or personalized medical advice to individuals outside of a clinical research environment. Instead, the NICHD offers resources and information to help people better understand their health and their diagnosed disorders. Staff are prohibited from rating, making referrals to, or endorsing a specific person, health care provider, organization, or facility.

The resources on the NICHD website are not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. The NICHD urges you to work with your health care provider(s) to obtain answers to your specific questions about your person health.

Select a link below to find an NICHD contact for questions about:

General Health Information
Media, News, or Press Inquiries
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests
Clinical Trials
Grant Information
Contracts and Requests for Proposals (RFPs)
Web-Related and Technical Issues

To search for an NICHD staff person, visit the Staff Directory.

Our mailing address is:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of
Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
31 Center Drive
Building 31, Room 2A32
Bethesda, MD 20892-2425

General Health Information

  • The A to Z Topic section of this website provides detailed information about a variety of health conditions and topics. Check the alphabetical listing for topics related to the NICHD mission.
  • You can view, download, and order health-related materials through the NICHD website.
  • The National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus website provides health information on a wide range of topics.

In addition, the NICHD Information Resource Center provides information to the public on health issues within the NICHD research portfolio. Trained information specialists will take your call and direct you to health information, related resources, and materials ordering. Information specialists are available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST. Contact the NICHD Information Resource Center at:

Phone: 1-800-370-2943 (TTY: 1-888-320-6942)
Fax: 1-866-760-5947
Mail: P.O. Box 3006, Rockville, MD 20847

Media, News, or Press Inquiries

Members of the news media can contact the NICHD Public Communications Branch, at 301-496-5133, or by fax at 301-496-7101, for information about NICHD news releases or to schedule an interview with NICHD scientists.

You can also visit the News and Media for media contacts and resources and to view and search NICHD news releases and multimedia.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests

To learn more about FOIA and the NICHD, visit

Clinical Trials

To learn more about NICHD clinical trials and clinical research, visit the Find Clinical Trials section of this website.

The website, managed by the National Library of Medicine, is the primary federal online resource for information about clinical trials, including eligibility requirements and contact information. Visit to search for clinical trials by topic or condition.

You can also contact the NIH Patient Recruitment and Public Liaison Office at 1-800-411-1222 (TTY-1-866-411-1010) or at to learn whether you or a family member might qualify for a clinical trial.

Please note that clinical trials have very specific criteria for inclusion; just because there is an ongoing trial does not mean that you or a family member will be eligible to take part. 

Grant Information

The NICHD's Office of Extramural Policy provides guidance on and interpretation of NIH policies related to research grant applications and administration. The Office also addresses inquiries related to Requests for Applications (RFAs) and Program Announcements (PAs/PARs/PASs) and other funding opportunity announcements.

The NICHD’s Grants Management Branch provides guidance and answers to questions related to funded grants and projects and their progress reports. Find a contact in the Grants Management Branch. You can also visit the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT) website to search for funded projects using different variables, such as researcher name or institution.

Contracts and Requests for Proprosals (RFPs)

The NICHD's Office of Acquisitions provides resources and guidance to assist the Institute in acquiring research and development services through contract mechanisms and using RFPs to solicit contract proposals. Find a contact in the Office of Acquisitions.

Web-Related and Technical Issues

Send comments, questions, and feedback about this website to

Messages sent to the NICHD Webmaster are processed Monday through Friday, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., EST, except for federal holidays. We try to respond within 48 hours; however, messages sent late Friday or over the weekend will not be reviewed until the following business day.

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