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. A new opportunity for a European Prematurity Research Center, the general March of Dimes Research Grants and Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards (BOC) are summarized below. 

General Research Grants

March of Dimes now supports research in the following five priorities: Major challenges of premature babies: Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Retinopathy of Prematurity; Biological mechanisms underlying the high incidence of preterm birth in African American women; Genome targeted therapeutics to treat birth defects; Effect of anesthesia in the late fetus or newborn on neurologic development; Preventing and treating chromosomal and structural abnormalities. See the Request for Proposals for details.

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.

Congenital Syphilis Study

The number of congenital syphilis (CS) cases in the United States increased by 46% between 2012 and 2015. CS can lead to fetal loss, infant death, or a life of major health problems. But CS is highly preventable making every case needless.  To better inform CS prevention efforts, the March of Dimes, in cooperation with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), seeks consulting services to design, implement, and analyze two qualitative assessment components – of prenatal providers and pregnant women at high risk for syphilis. Each will be conducted in two high-morbidity jurisdictions.  CLICK HERE by 5 PM eastern time on Friday, July 14, 2017 to submit a Notification of Intent and Proposals.   See the Request for Proposal for details.  See the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for all questions previously asked, along with their responses.

See also: Policies for Research Grants (dated 2/2/2017), March of Dimes research RFP, Basil O’Connor RFP, Application Instructions / Guidelines, Apply for a research grant