Funds are available for intellectual and developmental disabilities-related pilot grants

The Rose F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (RFK IDDRC) is pleased to once again announce the availability of Pilot and Feasibility awards (up to $20,000 annually per award) 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 projects. Studies that combine the efforts of basic scientists and clinicians to better understand and/or treat human IDDs are of particular relevance for this funding mechanism. This year we will also give priority to those proposals addressing IDDs caused by genes discovered through the IDDRC Operation IDD Gene Team program. A description of this program and the genes currently of interest is provided on our website (

Eligible applicants must hold the rank of instructor or higher at the time of the award. It is not necessary to be an RFK IDDRC investigator or clinical partner at the time the application is submitted.


A one-page letter of intent (LOI), using the RFK-IDDRC LOI template, is required by midnight October 11, 2019. Those selected will be informed shortly thereafter, and asked to submit an R03-style grant application due on or before December 1, 2019. 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, 2020.

In your one-page LOI please include (1) a brief overview of your specific aims and hypothesis to be tested, (2) the project relevance to IDDs, (3) a list of the IDDRC cores you expect to access and (4) a proposed budget. In terms of the budget, the total amount requested can be up to $20,000. Salary support for the PI is not allowed. 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 4 scientific cores of the IDDRC can be found at

Submit your one-page LOI electronically as an e-mail attachment to on or before October 11, 2019. Questions concerning this program should be directed to Lisa Guillory (