The MIND Institute IDDRC provides resources to its member scientists that are designed to encourage and accelerate the pace of research that moves the field closer to treatments, strategies for prevention, and eventual cures. The MIND Institute IDDRC is funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development », a component of the National Institutes of Health (grant number: 1 U54 HD079125. »

The MIND Institute IDDRC is one of 15 such centers in the United States.  

Established in 1963 by Congress as "centers of excellence" for research in intellectual and developmental disabilities, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Centers represent the nation's first and foremost sustained effort to prevent and treat disabilities through biomedical and behavioral research. The MIND Institute IDDRC is the newest member of this prestigious network, having earned the distinction in 2013. Other members of the network can be found here ».

The MIND Institute IDDRC focuses its scientific efforts on three themes: Biobehavioral Characterization of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities », Environmental Contributions to Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities », and Treatments for Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities ». The MIND Institute IDDRC also provides support for those studies through six cores: Administrative Core, Clinical Translational Core », Biological Analysis Core », Neurobehavioral Analysis Core », Rodent Behavior Core », and Biostatistics, Bioinformatics, and Research Design Core ».

The IDDRC is a center within the UC Davis MIND Institute. The IDDRC is fully integrated into and benefits from the outstanding faculty, staff, trainees, and resources of the MIND Institute and its internationally recognized research, clinical, and educational programs.  The MIND Institute IDDRC also draws on and contributes to the resources and expertise of other centers and units at UC Davis, including the Clinical and Translational Science Center », the Center for Mind and Brain », the Institute for Regenerative Cures », and the Center for Neuroscience ».