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September 2000Vol. 1, No. 6NIH Solicits Grant Applications on Child Development in Poor Families

Researchers from various disciplines interested in the intersection of child development, poverty, and public policy will be interested in a new Program Announcement from the National Institutes of Health.

Jointly sponsored by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) and the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), it is part of the SEED (Science and Ecology of Early Development) 2000 Initiative, made up of several Federal partner agencies. The goal of the SEED initiative is to stimulate research to better understand the factors that affect child development in low-income families.

The Program Announcement (PAS-00-108) will remain active for three years, through a July 1, 2003 application receipt date. Three to four grants will be funded, for up to 5 years, under this program announcement. The purposes are threefold: (1) to examine the effects of poverty on the development of children in low-income families; (2) to identify risk and protective factors for physical and mental health and cognitive, linguistic, affective, and social development of these children; (3) to identify social-ecological factors that affect the development of poor children and that can be used to guide and inform policy.

Research priorities identified by NICHD, NIMH, and SEED partners include:

  • effects of poverty on child development
  • mechanism through which poverty affects child development
  • link between intervention approaches and child outcomes
  • child care arrangements in low-income families

Examples of research questions and the full program announcement are available online at:

For more information, contact:

Natasha Cabrera, Ph.D.
Demographic and Behavioral Sciences Branch
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 8B13, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Phone: 301-496-1174
Fax: 301-496-0962

Cheryl Boyce, Ph.D.
Developmental Psychopathology and Prevention Branch
Division of Mental Disorders, Behavioral Research and AIDS
National Institute of Mental Health
6001 Executive Boulevard, Room 6200, MSC 9617
Bethesda, MD 20892-9617
Phone: 301-443-0848
Fax: 301-480-4415