The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities: 2013 Fellowship and Research Opportunities Jan 29, 2013

The National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities (NCBDDD) at the CDC is pleased to announce the availability fellowship and research opportunities for 2013.

Information about the fellowship and research opportunities are available on the newly created Disability Research and Dissemination Center (DRC) website at

Both fellowship and research submissions are on-line submissions handled exclusively through the DRDC website.

NCBDDD Fellowship Opportunity: The 2013 fellowship opportunity involves activities with the NCBDDD "Learn the Sign. Act Early" program, which supports early recognition of developmental delay and disability. There are three components to the fellowship: a health communication campaign, initiatives to promote local collaborations, and research and evaluation to build capacity and overcome barriers to systems. The Fellowship is in Atlanta, GA at the NCBDDD. The deadline for submission is March 4th, 2013. Please visit to learn more about the fellowship opportunity and submission process.

NCBDDDD Research Opportunities: There are 4 current individual research opportunities available through RFA's that have been developed in collaboration with NCBDDD. The 4 areas of funding are: child mental health, early identification of developmental delay, outcomes for children with hearing loss and improving screening for hearing loss in WIC programs. The specific research projects are entitled:

  • Project to Learn about Youth – Mental Health (PLAY-MH)
  • Learn the Signs. Act Early
  • EHDI Developmental Outcomes Study
  • Improving EHDI Loss to Follow-up/ Loss to Documentation through Screening at Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Certification Visits

The deadline for RFA submissions are March 15th, 2013. Please visit to review the RFA's and learn more about the submission process. The Letter of Intent (optional, but encouraged to allow formation of review panels) is due February 15th, 2013.

Please contact for questions.

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