2022 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, in a manner that is expected to yield a publishable, incremental scientific advance, and 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 consultation 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.

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, 2021.  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 January 1, 2022.  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
  • Discounted Rates for 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

Ances, Beau
Anokhin, Andrey
Arbelaez, Ana Maria
Baldridge, Dustin
Barch, Deanna
Bayly, Philip
Botteron, Kelly
Brestoff, Jonathon
Cashikar, Anil
Cho, Jaehyung
Cole, F. Sessions
Constantino, John
Culver, Joseph
Dickson, Patricia
Dosenbach, Nico
Dougherty, Joe
Eggebrecht, Adam
England, Sarah
Farber, Nuri
Fields, Melanie
Friess, Stuart
Gabel, Harrison
Galindo, Rafael
Garbow, Joel
Glaser, Paul
Guerriero, Rejean
Guilliams, Kristin
Gurnett, Christina
Gutmann, David
Hershey, Tamara
Herzog, Erik
Holtzman, David
Hoyt, Catherine
Huettner, James
Imai, Shin-Ichiro
Klein, Robyn
Klyachko, Vitaly
Kravitz, Alexxai
Kroll, Kristen
Lang, Catherine
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
Rogers, Cynthia
Rubin, Josh
Sands, Mark
Schechtman, Ken
Schwartz, Alan
Shimony, Joshua
Shinawi, Marwan
Skeath, James
Smyser, Chris
Snyder, Avi
Snyder, Lawrence
Solnica-Krezel, Lila
Stout, Molly
Sylvester, Chad
Thio, Liu Lin
Turner, Tychele
Urano, Fumihiko
Vesoulis, Zachary
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.

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.