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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.

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The STrategies to EnRich Inclusion and AchieVe Equity (STRIVE) initiative, led by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Office of Health Equity, will chart a bold new course to promote equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the institute's workforce and among those who participate in and conduct its research.

STRIVE consists of three committees that focus on three key areas: studying health disparities, diversifying the broader scientific workforce, and enhancing EDI opportunities within NICHD. STRIVE committees will create an Action Plan that will complement the NICHD Strategic Plan and inform the institute's future directions.

As part of this effort, the STRIVE Health Disparities Research Committee invites you to submit your ideas and feedback to inform research on health disparities across NICHD's portfolio over the next five years. These efforts not only include projects to identify and quantify disparities, but also strategies to mitigate and eliminate health inequities.


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.