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New Content and Proposal Guidelines

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Health Statistics
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Hyattsville, Maryland 20782

Date: October 17, 2018
From: David A. Woodwell, MPH
Chief, Planning Branch
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, National Center for Health Statistics, CDC
Subject: NHANES 2021-2022: Letter of Intent for new content and continuation of existing content
To: Current and future NHANES Collaborators

Every two years, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) invites federal and state agencies, as well as public and private institutions to propose new content for the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). This notice describes the procedure for submitting a letter of intent to support the addition of examination, laboratory, or questionnaire components for the 2021-2022 NHANES survey cycle. We are also requesting that current collaborators notify us of their intent to continue supporting current components beyond the NHANES 2019-2020 data collection period.

To propose new content for NHANES, please submit a brief letter of intent describing the component. The letter, no longer than two pages in length, should include descriptions of the public health significance of the new content, technical or protocol requirements to perform the proposed component, and any issues related to the safety and privacy of survey participants. If there are exclusion-related questions, or other questions necessary to conduct the proposed examination or laboratory components, please describe them in the letter. In addition, state a commitment of financial support, including the funding of cognitive, feasibility, or pilot testing occurring prior to 2021. Proposed content consisting only of questionnaires with no exam or lab content is not encouraged at this time.

NHANES collaborators who plan to continue their current components in the 2021-2022 cycle should send an email stating this intention. Collaborators should describe any proposed modifications to the current protocol, such as changes in examination procedures, laboratory methodology, or target age.

NHANES is exploring alternative sample designs and data collection methods beginning with the 2023-2024 survey cycle. We are in the very early stages of our planning, but we recognize such changes may influence what you consider proposing for inclusion in the 2021-22 NHANES and what we, because of our limited staff time and budget constraints, finally implement. We are inviting your ideas, but need to make you aware that there are changes ahead.

Please submit your letters of intent describing new content, or stating your continued commitment to Natalie E. Dupree, MS by the following deadlines:

Examination content: January 11, 2019
Questionnaire content: March 15, 2019
Laboratory content: May 31, 2019

NHANES program staff are available to discuss cost estimates and any other concerns with you in advance, and encourage joint proposals both within CDC, with other Federal agencies, and with groups outside the government. We plan to review your letters within two months of the deadlines. Detailed proposals will be requested for all submissions considered appropriate for NHANES 2021-2022. Guidelines for proposals will be provided at that time.

Our partnerships with both new and established collaborators are essential to ensuring our ongoing portrait of the health of the nation. We look forwarding to hearing from you.