We invite investigators with projects relevant to intellectual and developmental disabilities to join the Center. IDDRC investigators use the Center’s core facilities on a priority basis and at reduced rates. Members network with other investigators on a number of educational activities throughout the year, including our IDDRC Seminar Series. The Center offers a range of support for investigators studying topics of relevance to intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). Examples of topics include, but are not limited to:


To become a member of our Center, investigators (comprising faculty of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania) must have at least one NIH-funded research project in areas related to intellectual disabilities. The Steering Committee determines if the project meets CHOP’s IDDRC criteria and warrants the use of one or more core facilities. If the project is approved, the Steering Committee submits a recommendation to the Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Investigators who do not meet our eligibility requirements may still use our Core facilities as a non-member (at higher rates). For additional information, please access the Core sites.

To support our ongoing funding, IDDRC members are expected to cite our Center (“Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center” - NIH/NICHD P30 HD026979) in all publications that result from work supported by one or more of our Core facilities. In addition, all IDDRC members are required to submit updated information concerning their funded and pending projects every spring for our annual progress report to NICHD.

To apply for membership, investigators are asked to complete the IDDRC Application for Membership. Please submit application along with an NIH biosketch to Kristen Hearty at