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Down Syndrome Cohort Research Sites (DS-CRS) for the Down Syndrome Cohort Study Program (DS-CDP) across the lifespan for the INCLUDE Project (U01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)




October 19, 2023



December 15, 2023



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Match Required?





Entity Types:

State governments, County governments, City or township governments, Special district governments, Independent school districts, Public & State controlled institutions of higher education, Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized), Public housing authorities, Native American tribal organizations, Nonprofits (with 501(c)(3) status), Nonprofits (without 501(c)(3) status)

Other Eligible Applicants include the following: Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions; Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISISs); Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government; Faith-based or Community-based Organizations; Hispanic-serving Institutions; Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs); Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized); Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Organizations); Regional Organizations; Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs) ; U.S. Territory or Possession; Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply. Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are eligible to apply. Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.




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The NIH INvestigation of Co-occurring conditions across the Lifespan to Understand Down syndromE (INCLUDE) Project seeks to improve health and quality-of-life for individuals with Down syndrome. This Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) invites applicants to participate in a new INCLUDE Project Down Syndrome Cohort Development Program (DS-CDP) as Cohort Research Sites (DS-CRS). The purpose of this program is to recruit participants with Down syndrome across the lifespan; collect biospecimens; assemble phenotypic data, images, and omics for deep phenotyping; and make the data readily available to the scientific community. Research sites will participate in all aspects of planning and conducting a common protocol, as well as interpretation and translation of results. This NOFO runs in parallel with a companion NOFO (RFA-OD-24-005) that will solicit applications for the Clinical Cohort Coordinating Center (DS-4C) to provide overall coordination of the DS-CDP. A related NOFO (RFA-OD-24-004) will support a Federated Biobanking Resource to store and distribute biospecimens collected by the Cohort Research Sites. This NOFO requires a Plan for Enhancing Diverse Perspectives (PEDP), which will be assessed as part of the scientific and technical peer review evaluation. Applications that fail to include a PEDP will be considered incomplete and will be withdrawn. Applicants are strongly encouraged to read the NOFO instructions carefully and view the available PEDP guidance material.

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