In pursuit of its mission, the NICHD offers fellowships, career development awards, and institutional training grants in areas relevant to normal and abnormal human development, including: contraception, fertilization, pregnancy, childbirth, prenatal and postnatal development; childhood development through adolescence; intellectual and developmental disabilities; and rehabilitation medicine.
If you have questions about projects within a specific research area, you can find an NICHD program officer (PDF - 293 KB) to contact with questions.
Complex biological processes, which determine health and well-being, begin even before conception, and fetal and early childhood development set the stage for physical, cognitive, and behavioral outcomes throughout life. A major NICHD priority is to advance fundamental and clinical knowledge about maternal health and problems of child development.
This research includes (but is not limited to):
A major priority of the NICHD is to conduct research to address maternal and child health in the United States and worldwide.
Understanding reproductive health and biology for both men and women is crucial to improving health and quality-of-life around the world. Improved knowledge about human population dynamics is also essential to successful and sustainable communities.
Medical rehabilitation research is essential to developing scientific and technical knowledge needed to enhance health, productivity, independence, and quality-of-life for people with disabilities.
For more information, visit the National Center for Medical Rehabilitation Research (NCMRR) homepage.