U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), Office of Epidemiology and Research
01/08/18 11:59 PM ET
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs for research addressing maternal and child health, as well as services targeting children with special health needs. Applicants are advised to ensure the required registrations at least one month prior to the deadline. Proposals are invited for applied maternal and child health (MCH) research that exclusively utilizes the secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records to improve the health and well-being of MCH populations.
This announcement solicits applications for the R40 Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Secondary Data Analysis Research (SDAR) Program. The MCH SDAR program supports applied MCH research that exclusively utilizes the secondary analysis of existing national databases and/or administrative records to improve the health and well-being of MCH populations.
Findings from the research supported by the R40 MCH SDAR program are expected to:
-Strengthen and expand topics addressed by the new MCH Block Grant National Performance Domains (see Appendix C for list of MCH Block Grant Performance Domains). By supporting research on HRSA/MCH program populations, the R40 MCH program aims to inform HRSA/MCHB’s other investments and programs, see: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/maternal-child-health-initiatives. For instance, the life course perspective has been integrated into MCHB’s strategic research issues (see Appendix A), and can serve as a helpful frame of reference for study proposals designed to address the critical MCH questions defined by HRSA;
-Address MCHB Strategic Research Issues such as improving public health systems and infrastructure, reducing health inequalities, increasing quality of and access to care, and/or promoting the health of MCH populations;
-Address the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) clinical priorities, namely mental health, childhood obesity, and opioid abuse. Proposals must indicate how study findings will further develop the evidence base for the aforementioned clinical priorities; and
-Address emerging research topics of regional and national significance that highlight new data, knowledge, evidence, and strategies for addressing the burden of diseases.
HRSA expects each R40 MCH SDAR award recipient to complete the following major activities:
-Conduct applied or translational research on critical and emerging MCH issues through appropriate secondary analyses of existing national databases and/or administrative records, that are aligned with research goals;
-Develop and submit a dissemination plan for the distribution of research findings and products to scientific, professional, and lay audiences. Dissemination activities include development and publication of at least two peer-reviewed manuscripts, but are not limited to, conference presentations, newsletter articles, webcasts, fact sheets, infographics, policy briefs, websites, and social media posts, as appropriate;
-Report study sample information with regards to diversity (i.e., ethnicity, race, gender/sex, geographic location, and socioeconomic status) to HRSA;
-Extend the reach and impact of research activities by leveraging additional funding from other sources.
The R40 MCH SDAR program is authorized by Title V, § 501(a)(2) of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. § 701(a)(2)), as amended, and is a component of the Special Projects of Regional and National Significance.
Findings from the research supported by the R40 MCH SDAR program are expected to strengthen and expand activities addressed in the MCH Block Grant National Performance Domains and MCHB Strategic Research Issues ultimately affecting Title V populations.
The R40 MCH SDAR program is the only federal program that supports research focused on improving the quality, efficiency, and accessibility of health care service delivery as related to health promotion and disease prevention among MCH populations through secondary analysis of extant national databases and/or administrative records. For example, findings from prior supported research has improved knowledge on the relationship between nighttime sleep duration and childhood obesity. This study demonstrated that younger children (ages 0-4) with short durations of nighttime sleep were at greater risk for becoming overweight or obese. However, this association did not exist for older children (ages 5-13). The MCH SDAR program focuses on current as well as emerging MCH policy and service delivery issues.
The MCH Research Program, in MCHB’s Office of Epidemiology and Research, administers the R40 MCH SDAR Program. The MCH Research Program has supported groundbreaking studies that have significantly influenced clinical practice, organization and delivery of health care services, preventive care, and early intervention for the MCH population, including children with special health care needs.
GrantWatch ID#: 182502
Funding is available to fund five (5) recipients.
You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $100,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs).
The project period is July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019 (1 year).
Only public or nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research or in programs relating to maternal and child health and/or services for children with special health care needs are eligible to apply (42 CFR § 51a.3(b)). Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply, if they otherwise meet these eligibility criteria. Non- U.S. entities are not eligible to apply.
Applicants are required to submit proof of nonprofit status.
NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are allowable. Multiple applications from an organization with the same DUNS number are allowable if the applications propose separate and distinct projects. For example, different investigators (or research teams) from the same institution can apply for the same funding opportunity announcement.
Due to funding limitations and in order to diversify the R40 portfolio, the following additional application responsiveness criteria apply to the R40 MCH SDAR Program. All applications that do not comply with these requirements will be deemed non- responsive and will not be considered for funding under this notice.
-An individual cannot be named as the Project Director (PD) or Principal Investigator (PI) for multiple applications for the R40 MCH SDAR competition.
-A current PI of an MCH Research award can serve for no more than 10 percent time on a new proposal;
-Applications to analyze pre-existing longitudinal data are allowed;
-Analysis of secondary data previously collected by the applicant PI will not be considered for funding;
-Applications must propose the use of existing national datasets and/or
-All secondary analyses, including those that involve the linkage of multiple datasets, must be submitted to the R40 SDAR competition, and cannot exceed 1 year in length;
-Projects addressing autism spectrum disorder will not be considered for the R40 MCH SDAR competition (a separate competition for Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research Studies (Autism SDAR) Program may be held, if funds are available); and
-Projects that include the collection of biological specimens will not be considered, as this program funds translational research on underserved MCH populations and allows the use of existing databases and administrative data.
A webinar was held on Monday, November 20 2017, 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET. Replay is available online (see below for details).
Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current immediately. Registration in all systems, including SAM.gov and Grants.gov, may take up to 1 month to complete.
The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 8, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.
HRSA anticipates issuing/announcing awards prior to the start date of July 1, 2018.
View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
-Toll free number: 1-866-507-3579
You may request additional information regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
Ms. Ernsley Charles, Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations
OFAM Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Mailstop 1N146A
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-8329
Fax: (301) 443-9320
You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Deborah Linares, PhD, MA
Program Officer, Division of Research
Office of Epidemiology and Research
Attn: R40 MCH SDAR Research Program
Maternal and Child Health Bureau, HRSA
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18N-198
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-2410
Fax: (301) 480-0508
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