Research grants

When Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes in 1938, he chose research to be one of the cornerstones of the effort to defeat polio. Seventeen years and more than $25 million in research later, the polio vaccine was declared safe and highly effective.

Today, our research investments are vital to the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The two grant categories, general March of Dimes Research Grants and Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC) which are summarized below. To view a list of current research grants, click here.

General research grants

The general March of Dimes research portfolio funds many different areas of research on topics related to our mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. These investigations include — but are not limited to — basic biological processes of development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and studies in social and behavioral sciences that focus on factors contributing to adverse pregnancy outcomes, and on consequences of birth defects and prematurity.

Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards

The Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC) are funded in a program specifically designed to support scientists just embarking on their independent research careers. Created in 1973 and named for the first March of Dimes chairman and president, this program provides funding to young investigators to start their own research projects on topics related to the March of Dimes mission.





See also: Policies and instructions for research grants (PDF, 102kb), March of Dimes research RFP (PDF, 147kb), Basil O’Connor RFP(PDF, 149kb), Apply for a research grant

 

When Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes in 1938, he chose research to be one of the cornerstones of the effort to defeat polio. Seventeen years and more than $25 million in research later, the polio vaccine was declared safe and highly effective.

Today, our research investments are vital to the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The two grant categories, general March of Dimes Research Grants and Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC) which are summarized below. To view a list of current research grants, click here.

General research grants

The general March of Dimes research portfolio funds many different areas of research on topics related to our mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. These investigations include — but are not limited to — basic biological processes of development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology, and studies in social and behavioral sciences that focus on factors contributing to adverse pregnancy outcomes, and on consequences of birth defects and prematurity.

Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards

The Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC) are funded in a program specifically designed to support scientists just embarking on their independent research careers. Created in 1973 and named for the first March of Dimes chairman and president, this program provides funding to young investigators to start their own research projects on topics related to the March of Dimes mission.





See also: Policies and instructions for research grants (PDF, 102kb), March of Dimes research RFP (PDF, 147kb), Basil O’Connor RFP(PDF, 149kb), Apply for a research grant