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Kennedy Center


Submission of a required, one-page letter of intent (LOI) has been extended to FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013-NO EXCEPTIONS!  


Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center  

Albert Einstein College of Medicine 




The Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (RFK IDDRC) announces the availability of Pilot and Feasibility awards (up to $35,000 annually) for both basic science and translational projects that involve intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDDs).  The awarded funds are intended to enable new and established investigators to generate preliminary data in order to successfully apply for extramural funding for their project.  Pilot and feasibility funds are not intended to support or supplement ongoing IDD research programs. Eligible applicants must hold the rank of instructor or higher at the time of the award.   In the past, 4-6 awards have been made annually. 


ELIGIBILITY (in order of priority). This program is designed to support: 

  1. New investigators with interests in IDD research. Meritorious applications from new investigators will receive priority for funding.  
  2. Established faculty who wish to explore a new area of research involving IDDs that constitutes a substantive departure from their on-going work. 
  3. Established faculty currently focused on IDD-related research who are attempting to build preliminary data for additional NIH grant support.  

Please note:  It is not necessary to be an RFK IDDRC investigator or clinical partner at the time the application is submitted.  


The deadline for submission of a required, one-page letter of intent (LOI) has been extended to NO LATER than FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013.  Those selected will be informed shortly thereafter, with R03-style grant applications due on or before December 1, 2013. Additional details of how to assemble the grant will be provided with the notice of acceptance of the LOI.  It is anticipated that the one-year funding for successful applicants will be initiated on January 1, 2014.   


In your LOI please include an overview of your specific aims and hypothesis to be tested, its relevance to IDDs, the IDDRC cores you expect to access and a proposed budget.  In terms of the budget, the total amount requested can be up to $35,000, although smaller requests are strongly recommended. Salary support for the investigator is generally not provided, except under circumstances that must be pre-approved before submission of the full grant.  Please note: It is required that 25% of the grant budget be used to cover costs of RFK IDDRC scientific core use.  A description of the 6 scientific cores of the IDDRC can be found at 


Submit your one-page LOI electronically as an e-mail attachment to on or before FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4, 2013


Questions concerning this program should be directed to Lisa Guillory (   


Lisa L. Guillory, M.A. 

Administrator, Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center 

Department of Neuroscience 


Rose F. Kennedy Center, Rm 912 

Albert Einstein College of Medicine 

1410 Pelham Parkway South 

Bronx, NY  10461 

Ph:  (718) 430-3787 


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