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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Scientists
for Research Related to Prenatal and Maternal Health

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March of Dimes Foundation

Deadline Date:

09/10/21 6:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International scientists affiliated with universities, hospitals, and nonprofit or for-profit research institutions to carry out research related to prenatal and maternal health. Priority areas of interest include pregnancy-related disorders, maternal morbidity and mortality, and developmental origins of infant health.

March of Dimes is committed to advancing the health of all moms and babies, and that involves seeking answers through a diverse research portfolio. MOD is actively seeking applications for research grant funding that involve translational and actionable science that will lead directly to interventions or preventions. The goal is to turn observations in the laboratory, clinic, and community into interventions, therapeutics, and diagnostics that improve the health of moms and babies. MOD is also committed to learning about differences in populations integrated into key research areas.

The proposed research should focus on one of these priority areas:

  • Pregnancy-Related Disorders: Prevention and treatment of diseases in either mom or baby that lead to spontaneous or medically indicated premature birth. This may include studies related to inflammation and immune signaling, placental or cervical health, and hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. Investigations addressing all pregnancy-related disorders must have the potential to improve clinical care to prevent adverse maternal and child outcomes.
  • Developmental Origins of Infant Health: Including research on the role of the placenta and the maternal-fetal interface on pregnancy outcomes, and immediate and long-term health outcomes for the infant. Studies must lead to clinical impact in the areas of prevention and treatment of developmental disorders, and have the direct potential to improve the quality of life of those affected.
  • Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: Studies addressing the leading contributors to the rising rates of severe morbidity and maternal mortality, such as preeclampsia, cardiovascular and metabolic health, and environmental factors including the effect of stress. This may include investigations regarding during pregnancy, intrapatum and up to one year postpartum, specifically impacting maternal health outcomes. Studies must have the potential to improve clinical care to decrease the rate of maternal mortality.

These elements should be considered for each of the above-mentioned categories:

  • Basic-Translation Methods
  • Population Specific Disparities
  • Social Determinant or Drivers
  • All of the above

Social Determinants and Drivers of Health are defined as studies that have the potential to make an impact in achieving maternal and child health equity. This includes studies that address aspects such as economic stability, neighborhood and physical environments, education, food security, environmental stress, race and discrimination, quality of care, access to health care and coverage.

Multidisciplinary collaborations including those with community based partners that engage populations, providers, and policymakers, are encouraged. Please note, the research:

  • May include continued investigations into the effects of COVID-19 infections on maternal and infant health.
  • May involve information and communications technology innovations.
  • May include human studies or studies with human tissue, or studies at the population level.
  • Models systems research is discouraged, but mouse studies are eligible if they are to validate novel human disease processes.

For eligible use of funds, see:

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 180323

Number of Grants:

At least two awards in each category

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants ranging from $200,000 - $300,000.

Term of Contract:

- Grants will be distributed for 24 months to 36 months, with a set of deliverables to be met for each year, before the next year’s support can be distributed.
- Payments to the grantee institution are made in six-month increments beginning with the start date of the grant.
- A no-cost extension of the termination date of a grant will be considered by the MOD on written request by the Principal Investigator. It must be requested at least three months prior to the termination date of the grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Submissions are invited from health professionals, health researchers, epidemiologists and social scientists with doctoral academic degrees, and either a faculty appointment or equivalent at academic universities, hospitals, and research institutions; or employees of small businesses, startup companies, non-profit organizations or pharmaceutical companies committed to research in the area of maternal and child health. Individuals from underrepresented and disadvantaged groups are encouraged to apply.

These applications are not limited to U.S. citizens and are open to global applicants.

Applicants may not hold any other concurrent March of Dimes grants when applying.

Budget Items Not Acceptable
- Construction, alteration, maintenance or rental of buildings or building space
- Computer equipment, office equipment and furniture
- Dues for membership in scientific societies
- Office supplies including mail/postage costs; copying costs; telephone, fax, or modem line costs
- Tuition
- Publication/Manuscript costs
- Books and Journals
- Maintenance/Service Contracts
- Waste disposal
- Glassware washing
- IRB or IACUC fees
- Computer Facility Access Fee
- Insurance Fees, including General Automotive and Employee Liability
- Visa permit fees
- Technology or infrastructure fees as charged per person

MOD policy states that abortion is not the solution to the problem of birth defects. The MOD has long maintained its neutrality on the issue of abortion. All grantees and contractors regardless of their personal opinions are prohibited from using MOD funds for abortion research, to pay for abortions, or to give directive advice concerning abortions. Fetal tissue research does not violate this policy if applicable federal regulations are adhered to. A non-directive referral for counseling, if requested by a patient in the course of prenatal care, does not violate this policy. Violation of this policy constitutes grounds for immediate cancellation of a grant or termination of a cooperative agreement.

Pre-Application Information:

- June 21, 2021: Application portal opened
- September 10, 2021: Application due
- December 13, 2021: Notification of funding decision
- January 1, 2022: Award start date

Applicants may only submit one application, listed as a PI or Co-PI.

Prematurity Research Center:

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.


Please direct any questions to

March of Dimes National Office
1550 Crystal Dr, Suite 1300
Arlington, VA 22202
888-MODIMES (888-663-4637)

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