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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Risks for Abuse and Injury Among Vulnerable Children and Youth

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 31, 2024

Valerie Maholmes, PhD, CAS


This opportunity is a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to fund research on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and risks for abuse and injury among vulnerable children and youth. Emphasis is placed on disparity populations related to abuse and neglect prior to the pandemic, as well as populations that have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus. Disparity populations include American Indians, Alaska Natives, LGBT youth, and children seen at rural emergency departments.

Research questions and topics of interest include:

  • To what extent have rates and patterns of child abuse and abuse related injuries been affected by the current pandemic? What is the impact on treatment and care?
  • What psychosocial issues compound the experience of abuse or neglect in children and youth in the context of the pandemic? What are the short- and long- term consequences of experiencing abuse and/or neglect in the context of the pandemic?
  • To what extent have disparities in child abuse identification, screening and care deepened or become more pronounced as a result of the pandemic? What are the short- and long- term implications for disparity populations?
  • What data sources, tools, and resources are needed to strengthen reporting and communication among systems of care during and after the current pandemic?
  • Novel projects designed to improve short and long-term health outcomes for pediatric trauma patients including such complementary issues as family functioning and systems engagement
  • Research resources and innovative approaches to improve screening, evaluation, and diagnosis of abuse or neglect related injury and illness in children during and after the pandemic including the use of biomarkers, imaging, and biomechanics
  • Studies identifying lessons learned to address gaps and challenges in treatment and care of vulnerable children and youth for new and emerging disasters/crises

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    • Independent school districts
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    • Small businesses
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Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Award amounts vary based upon the NIH announcement the applicant chooses to apply.

Tagged as
Abuse and violence · American Indian or Alaska Native · COVID-19 · Children and youth · Health disparities · LGBTQI+ · Public health · Research methods and resources

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