Research grants

A message from Kelle Moley, SVP, Chief Scientific Officer:

March of Dimes — Meeting the challenge of pre-term births
The preterm birth rate has increased for the third year in a row. The United States has the highest rates of premature birth in the industrial world and preterm birth is the leading cause of newborn death – it affects 15 million babies globally each year.
This is why March of Dimes will continue to invest $17 million in 2018 to fund our Prematurity Research Centers, Basil O’Connor awards and select individual research programs that specifically address preterm birth.
At the same time, given our overall resources, March of Dimes has made the difficult decision to reduce grant awards to researchers whose work does not directly impact the prevention and care of premature birth. We have had to carefully evaluate current and prospective research programs to ensure we are targeting very specific programs to meet very specific health objectives around reducing preterm birth rates.  
March of Dimes is committed to fighting for the health of all moms and babies and is doing all we can to ensure we have the ability to fund solutions to the biggest threats facing moms and babies today and in the future. 

We will be accepting applications for the 2020 Basil O’Connor Scholar Research Awards during the next grant cycle.

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 lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies.

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.

Visit our Prematurity Research Center page to learn more about important March of Dimes research investments in to the causes of and treatments for premature birth. 

Please check back at this page for any updates to our research grant program. In the meantime you may contact us with any additional questions. 

See also: Basil O’Connor RFP