Welcome to the NICHD Ideascale Community

We're glad you're here! NICHD's research mission covers all stages of human development, from pre-pregnancy through old age, meaning our research touches millions of lives. We invite your ideas, comments, and perspectives to help guide our activities and achieve healthy and optimal lives for all. Check out our campaigns and add your voice.


The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) was founded in 1962 to investigate human development throughout the lifespan, with a focus on understanding disabilities and important events that occur during pregnancy. Since then, research conducted and funded by NICHD has helped save lives, improve well-being, and reduce societal costs associated with illness, injury, and disability.

Our mission is to lead research and training to understand human development, improve reproductive health, enhance the lives of children and adolescents, and optimize abilities for all.