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The NICHD follows overall NIH policies and guidelines on many topics, but also issues its own policies on specific topics. These policies help guide how the NICHD handles a range of different research issues such as human subjects' protection, data sharing, large grants, and administrative supplements.

Clinical Research (Includes Human Subjects, Inclusion, & Safety Monitoring)

The NICHD provides guidance on its conduct of various aspects of clinical research, including entries into, inclusion of different groups, protections for human subjects, and management of data safety and monitoring activities. 

NICHD Policies and Procedures on Clinical Research and Related Issues

Large Grants

The NIH and NICHD provide policy guidance to applicants planning to submit any application requesting $500,000 or more in direct costs for any one year.

NICHD Policy on Large Grants
NIH Policy on Large Grants

Stem Cells

These policies govern the use of stem cells for research purposes.

NICHD Human Embryonic Stem Cell and Other Stem Cell Information
Stem Cell Information at the NIH


The NICHD provides guidance to applicants on the submission of administrative supplements requesting additional funding to an active NICHD grant to support research activities or other necessary items that fall with the original scope of the project.

NICHD Policy and Procedures for Administrative Supplements

Overarching Policies

NICHD also follows these NIH and HHS policies related to its research and activities.

  • Animal Welfare: NIH Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare regulates the use of animals for research.
  • Conflict of Interest: Financial conflict of interest is governed by NIH policy.
  • Public Access, Intellectual Property, and Data-Sharing Policies: These NIH policies address issues related to research data and findings.
  • Research Grants: The NIH provides policies and guidance on the steps involved in the planning, development, implementation, and follow-through of grant and cooperative agreement applications, including understanding the compliance obligations of a grant award and the proper use of grant funds.
  • Research Integrity: NIH and HHS are fully committed to maintaining public trust in the research enterprise by supporting grantees in adhering to the highest standards of research integrity.
  • Select and Infectious Agents: The NIH is responsible for monitoring and oversight of the submissions and awards process for extramural research involving infectious agents and select agents as well as processes for investigations of accidents, research-related illnesses and potential biosafety violations involving infectious or select agents.

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