Research & Professionals

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+Continuing education

Does the March of Dimes support grand rounds?

Yes. The March of Dimes grand rounds program provides continuing education for perinatal health care providers on topics relevant to the March of Dimes mission: prevention of infant mortality, birth defects and preterm birth. Grand rounds strengthen the relationship between local March of Dimes chapters and the medical, nursing and public health communities. For more information, contact your local March of Dimes chapter.

What continuing education opportunities do you offer for perinatal nurses?

Nurses can earn continuing education credits through March of Dimes print and online materials. Topics include cultural competence, preterm labor and birth, breastfeeding, obstetrical emergencies, abuse during pregnancy, infertility, diabetes in pregnancy, genetics and perinatal loss. The March of Dimes has provider status through the New York State Nurses Association and the California Board of Registered Nursing. For more information, visit our nursing education Web site.

Does the March of Dimes offer professional education on preterm labor and birth?

Yes. The March of Dimes Compendium on Preterm Birth is an online curriculum for health professionals about how to detect patients at risk for early delivery and assess behaviors that trigger premature birth. We also offer grand rounds and nursing education modules that address preterm labor and birth.

Does the March of Dimes have a prenatal curriculum?

Yes. Our curriculum Becoming a Mom™/Comenzando bien® is designed to be used with pregnant women in a supportive group setting. Nine sessions present information on topics such as prenatal care, nutrition, stress, labor and birth, postpartum care, and newborn care. The curriculum, available in English and Spanish, provides lesson plans, participant handouts and suggestions on how to adapt the curriculum for different cultural groups.

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+Grants and research

What is the term of a research grant?

March of Dimes Research Grants are usually awarded for 3 years. Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards are awarded for 2 years. Prematurity Research Initiative Grants are usually awarded for 3 years.

What is the deadline to apply for a Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award?

Letters of Nomination for the Basil O'Connor Research Program are due annually on March 15 for possible funding to begin on the following February 1.

What is the deadline to apply for a research grant?

Letters of Intent for the March of Dimes Research Program are due annually on April 30 for possible funding to begin on the following June 1. Letters of Nomination for the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award Program are due annually on March 15 for possible funding to begin on the following February 1. Letters of Intent for the Prematurity Research Initiative Program are due annually on April 15 for possible funding to begin on the following March 1.

What are the qualifications required to apply for a research grant?

All applicants must hold a recent faculty appointment at a not-for-profit institution, such as a university, hospital or research institution. U.S. citizenship is not required to apply for any March of Dimes Research Grant or Award.

How do I apply for a research grant?

Please refer to the Request For Proposals (RFP) for general research grants, the RFP for Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards and the RFP for  Prematurity Research Initiative Grants.

What are the qualifications required to apply for a Prematurity Research Initiative Grant?

An applicant for a Prematurity Research Initiative Grant must hold a faculty appointment or the equivalent at a not-for-profit institution, such as a university, hospital or research institution.

What is the term of a MOD Research Grant?

MOD Research Grants are usually awarded for three years.

What is the amount of a research grant?

There is no set amount for a general March of Dimes Research Grant; however, the average grant is approximately $100,000 per year. Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards are $150,000 for 2 years. The average Prematurity Research Initiative Grant is approximately $145,000 per year.

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+Patient education

Does the March of Dimes publish patient education materials about pregnancy and baby care?

Yes. Our product catalog describes our materials, which are available at reasonable prices in English and Spanish. Topics covered include preconception health, pregnancy, preterm birth, baby care, genetics and birth defects. Many of our brochures and booklets are written at a 5th- to 7th- grade reading level to simplify even the most complicated health information. Our goal is to provide health care professionals and employers with products to help improve the health of mothers and babies.