NIH Launches Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program--Funding Opportunities

Source: www.nih.gov/echo

Understanding the effects of environmental exposures on child health and development is a priority for the National Institutes of Health. To advance knowledge in this area, NIH has launched a new seven-year initiative called the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program. While the goals of ECHO are consistent with those of the former National Children’s Study, the approach is different. ECHO is designed to capitalize on existing participant populations, and support approaches that can evolve with the science and take advantage of the growing number of clinical research networks and technological advances.

ECHO will support multiple, synergistic, longitudinal studies using existing study populations, called cohorts, to investigate environmental exposures — including physical, chemical, biological, social, behavioral, natural and built environments — on child health and development. The studies will focus on four key pediatric outcomes that have a high public health impact:

  • Upper and lower airway
  • Obesity
  • Pre-, peri-, and postnatal outcomes
  • Neurodevelopment

The studies will share standardized core data elements managed by a central coordinating center and an associated data analysis center. The core elements to be addressed across all studies are:

  • Demographics
  • Typical early health and development
  • Genetic influences on early childhood health and development
  • Environmental factors
  • Patient/Person (parent and child) Reported Outcomes (PROs)

An additional, but significant, element is an IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network. This network also will leverage the existing IDeA infrastructure by embedding clinical trials experts at IDeA state locations and facilitating their partnership with other academic institutions. This national network for pediatric research could help address access gaps for rural children by leveraging the infrastructure at existing IDeA state centers.

To support ECHO and other pediatric environmental exposures research, NIH awarded $144 million in new grants in fiscal year 2015 for the development of new tools to enhance measurement of environmental exposures. Specific funding opportunities and links are below.

NIH is seeking a charismatic, dynamic, and visionary scientific leader for the position of Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program Director.  See the Job Bank Posting for details.

Funding Opportunities Include:

Title

ID Number

Earliest Submission Date

Letter of Intent Due Date

Application Due Date

Clinical Sites for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (UG1)

RFA-OD-16-001

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Data Coordinating and Operations Center for the IDeA States Pediatric Clinical Trials Network (U24)

RFA-OD-16-002

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes: Patient Reported Outcomes Research Resource Center Core (ECHO PRO Core) (U24)

RFA-OD-16-003

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Pediatric Cohorts (UG3/UH3)

RFA-OD-16-004

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Data Analysis Center (U24)

RFA-OD-16-005

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Coordinating Center (U2C)

RFA-OD-16-006

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

Limited Competition: Exposure Analysis Services for the Environmental Influences on Children's Health Outcomes (ECHO) Program (Admin Supplement)

PA-16-046

March 15, 2016

March 15, 2016

April 15, 2016, by 5:00 PM local time of applicant organization

 

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