2023 Request for Applications: IDDRC@WUSTL Pilot Funding

The Washington University Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC@WUSTL) will soon begin accepting applications for pilot funding projects that will test a bold new hypothesis in IDD research that will generate critical proof-of-concept data necessary for securing larger federally-funded awards. Projects may be awarded up to $45,000 for up to an 18-month project period from the following sources:

  • $25,000 from the IDDRC@WUSTL Engelhardt Family Foundation Innovation (EF2I) Fund, $15,000 of which must be used for purchase of IDDRC core facility services, with the remaining $10,000 for discretionary use on the project
  • $15,000 from the Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) Pilot Studies Program, which provides vouchers for scan time in MIR facilities
  • $5,000 from the Institute for Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS) Just In Time (JIT) Core Usage Program, which provides vouchers for utilization of ICTS Cores. The IDDRC@WUSTL is an ICTS-JIT Core.

Applications must utilize core services from at least one IDDRC core facility.  Utilization may include collaboration with core faculty on study design/analysis or purchase of core services.  Applicants must have a faculty appointment and should become an IDDRC member investigator, if not already. MIR and ICTS-JIT scanning vouchers must not exceed a total combined amount of $15,000.

Applications should be submitted with the following materials:

  • One page specific aims for the proposed pilot project
  • One page (maximum) project impact statement outlining anticipated opportunities for publication or grant submission and the context of pilot study in relation to a longer term scientific agenda
  • Project budget
  • Letter of support from core facility director outlining proposed utilization of core services

Applications are due by 5 PM Central time on Wednesday, December 1, 2022.  Materials should be submitted to iddrc@email.wustl.edu.  It is expected that up to three awards will be made with funding made available for a project start of March 1, 2023.  Applicants including MIR and JIT funding in their project budgets should not submit MIR or JIT applications until they are notified of IDDRC funding approvals.  For any questions related to this announcement, please e-mail iddrc@email.wustl.edu.    

Awardees are required to submit a progress report at project completion describing the research activities undertaken, status of the development of one or more manuscripts for publication of the results,  the securing of new grant awards based on the preliminary data, and other future directions being explored.  Awardees will be expected to cite funding support from the Engelhardt Family Foundation, the IDDRC@WUSTL, MIR, and ICTS (as appropriate) in any publications resulting from data collected under the award.

Becoming a Member


Eligibility is open to any Washington University faculty member engaged in research of relevance to intellectual and developmental disabilities. This includes Principal Investigators and Co-Investigators. Graduate students and post-doctoral scholars are encouraged to access IDDRC resources through primary IDDRC investigators/mentors.

Benefits of an IDDRC Membership

  • Access to IDDRC Core Services
  • Eligibility for IDDRC pilot funds
  • Continuous exchange of news, ideas,
  • Access to education and advancement opportunities
  • Ability to present research and findings through IDDRC-sponsored lectures, symposia, and seminars

Obligations of an IDDRC Member

  • Conduct research in accordance with IDDRC mission statement
  • Utilize proper IDDRC NIH citation (NIH/NICHD P50 HD103525) for publications benefiting from Core Services
  • Contribute to scientific dialogue through IDDRC lectures, symposia, communications, and seminars
  • Report progress regularly on research activities, grants, and publications relating to IDDRC-supported projects

To apply for Membership

Please submit the following to iddrc@kids.wustl.edu

  • Up-to-date Biosketch
  • Name, Title, Department, Employee ID #
  • A description of how you were referred to the IDDRC
  • A description of how your current or expected research projects and interests align with  the research themes of the center
List of Current Members
  • Agner, Shannon
  • Ances, Beau
  • Anokhin, Andrey
  • Arbelaez, Ana Maria
  • Baldridge, Dustin
  • Barch, Deanna
  • Bayly, Philip
  • Black, Kevin
  • Botteron, Kelly
  • Brestoff, Jonathon
  • Cashikar, Anil
  • Cho, Jaehyung
  • Cole, F. Sessions
  • Culver, Joseph
  • Dickson, Patricia
  • Dosenbach, Nico
  • Dougherty, Joe
  • Egervari, Gabor
  • Eggebrecht, Adam
  • England, Sarah
  • Farber, Nuri
  • Fields, Melanie
  • Foutz, Tom
  • Friess, Stuart
  • Gabel, Harrison
  • Galindo, Rafael
  • Garbow, Joel
  • Glaser, Paul
  • Goodhill, Geoffrey
  • Guerriero, Rejean
  • Guilliams, Kristin
  • Gurnett, Christina
  • Gutmann, David
  • Hershey, Tamara
  • Herzog, Erik
  • Holtzman, David
  • Hoyt, Catherine
  • Huettner, James
  • Imai, Shin-Ichiro
  • Kepecs, Adam
  • Klein, Robyn
  • Klyachko, Vitaly
  • Kravitz, Alexxai
  • Kroll, Kristen
  • Lang, Catherine
  • Lean, Rachel
  • Lee, Jin-Moo
  • Luby, Joan
  • Maloney, Susan
  • Mamah, Daniel
  • Marcus, Daniel
  • Markson, Lori
  • Marrus, Natasha
  • Mennerick, Steven
  • Milbrandt, Jeffrey
  • Mitra, Robi
  • Morris, Stephanie
  • Neil, Jeffrey
  • Nicol, Ginger
  • Noguchi, Kevin
  • O’Malley, Karen
  • Ortinau, Cynthia
  • Perkins, Stephanie
  • Perlman, Susan
  • Pruett, John
  • Reiersen, Angela
  • Reynolds, Margaret
  • Richards, Linda
  • Rogers, Cynthia
  • Rubin, Josh
  • Ryther, Robin
  • Sands, Mark
  • Schechtman, Ken
  • Schwartz, Alan
  • Shimony, Joshua
  • Shinawi, Marwan
  • Skeath, James
  • Smith, Alyssa
  • Smyser, Chris
  • Snyder, Avi
  • Snyder, Lawrence
  • Solnica-Krezel, Lila
  • Song, Sheng-Kwei
  • Stout, Molly
  • Sylvester, Chad
  • Thio, Liu Lin
  • Turner, Ashley
  • Turner, Tychele
  • Urano, Fumihiko
  • Vesoulis, Zachary
  • Wang, Shuo
  • Wang, Yong
  • Wen, Jie
  • Wong, Michael
  • Wozniak, David
  • Yi, Jason
  • Yuede, Carla
  • Zorumski, Charles

Publication Submission and Acknowledging the IDDRC

If you utilized the IDDRC resources, please ensure you properly acknowledge the IDDRC’s NIH Grant (P50 HD103525). You can use the following suggested language:

Research reported in this publication was supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number P50 HD103525 to the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center at Washington University. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

The McDonnell Center for Systems Neurosciences asks to be acknowledged in any publication or presentation resulting from Center funding. Please use the following language in the Acknowledgements section of publications to describe work supported by Center funds:

“This work was supported by funds provided by the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience at Washington University in St. Louis.”

All papers must conform to NIH’s Open Access Policy, meaning that the paper must be submitted through the NIHMS. Papers that are fully compliant are issued a PMCID number (different from a PubMed ID). Some journals will automatically complete this process for you, but others do not and will require you manually upload the manuscript via NIHMS. WUSM’s Becker Library maintains an excellent resource page with instructions and information to understand the process.

When your paper is published, be sure to notify the IDDRC via iddrc@kids.wustl.edu and the Directors of the IDDRC cores you utilized so we can ensure that your important work is counted in the work of the IDDRC.