IDD Reads Grants

IDD-Reads Grant Awards

Request for Proposals - The 2020 call is closed


IDD-Reads (Intellectual and Developmental Disability REsearch And Data Science) Awards are an internal grant mechanism available to teams consisting of:

  1. Investigators or Members of the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center, AND
  2. Faculty who are advisors of students of the Vanderbilt Data Science Institute, CHIPI (Center for Improving the Public’s Health Using Informatics), or Department of Health Policy.

The purpose is to encourage Vanderbilt Kennedy Center researchers to conduct IDD research using innovative data science tools including, but not limited to, (1) new inferential tool such as second-generation P-values, (2) variable selection with penalized regression, (3) fully Bayesian approach, (4) cross-validation with Bootstrap, (5) machine learning, (6) deep learning, and (7) technique to integrate multiple large-scale data, and to encourage Data Science researchers to apply their tools/methods to investigate IDD-related research questions. This initiative is made possible by the NICHD-funded P50 award (1P50HD 103537).

Period and Amount of Awards

Awards will be for a 12-month period after the notification of awards and are non‐renewable. Requested budgets should range from $5,000 for studies that can use already curated datasets, to $15,000 for studies involving the pulling and cleaning of new data. Allowable costs include, but are not limited to, salary support, travel, publication fees, data collection costs, equipment (e.g., a notebook or workstation computer). The funds must be spent by PI/trainees who are analyzing the data. The budget should range from $5,000 to $15,000 in direct costs

Research Objectives and Eligibility

This competition is open to teams consisting of VKC Investigators/Members and their trainees, and VDSI faculty (including affiliated faculty)/trainees, including CHIPI, or Department of Health Policy. The objective is to conduct pilot projects consistent with the mission of the VKC using innovative data science tools. The mission of IDD-Reads is to facilitate discoveries and best practices that make positive differences in the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Applications are encouraged that seek integration of available large data sets, i.e., BioVU, SD, ImageVU to address IDD-related research questions. Applications from V-DSI M.S students who are in the process of developing their capstone projects are strongly encouraged. Applications that do not include both VKC and VDSI (CHIPI or Dept of Health Policy) faculty/trainees will not be considered. If anyone interested in IDD-Reads grant application needs help in finding potential team members, please contact Data Science Core leadership: Hakmook Kang ( and Julie Taylor (, or Jeffrey Blume (

Priority will be given to applications that propose innovative, multidisciplinary research, and that are most likely to lead to extramural grant support. Applications proposing research that links biomedical (e.g., neuroscience or genetics) variables with behavioral, educational, or policy components (e.g., learning, behavior problems) are especially encouraged.

Application Procedure

Applications (a one-page application, akin to a Specific Aims page) are due by 5pm, November 20, 2020. Applications submitted beyond that date will not be considered. Application should email a pdf file to Julia Harrison ( A return confirmation will be sent to you electronically. Award decision will be made in December 2020 and the funds must be spent by the end of December, 2021. Please include requested amount (direct costs only) on the Specific Aims page.

Final Report and Seminar

A final written report is due 90 days after termination of the grant. This report should detail major accomplishments and publications obtained as a result of the funding, and a list of new grants submitted as a result of this funding. Also, a seminar is due 180 days after termination of the grant.


Inquiries are encouraged in order to clarify procedures or priorities. Questions regarding procedures should be directed to or Substantive questions regarding research priorities should be referred to Core E Director

For more information contact:

Julia Harrison or Tim Stafford