CID brings together top researchers from several disciplines, each with unique and relevant expertise involved in developmental research, across seven Universities and University Medical Centers within the Netherlands. CID has received a grant from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO). The grant is part of the Gravitation programme, funded by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW). The grant allows CID to follow large samples of children in their development over the course of a decade, integrating approaches from many different disciplines. CID joins Dynamics of Youth (DoY) as one of Utrecht University’s four strategic themes.
CID consists of four Work Packages (WP’s). Because the focus of the project is on development from birth to adolescence, the core of all work packages consists of large-scale longitudinal cohort studies. Two new children cohorts will be implemented: the longitudinal cohort YOUth (based in Utrecht, WP1 and part of DoY), and an intervention cohort L-CID (based in Leiden, WP2). In addition, four existing cohorts will be involved as WP3: TRAILS (Groningen), Generation-R (Rotterdam), RADAR (Utrecht), and NTR (Amsterdam). The final work package, WP4, provides a supportive basis using animal and mathematical models of development (Utrecht).