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. 

European Prematurity Research Center 

The March of Dimes is pleased to announce a Request for Proposal for a new European Prematurity Research Center to investigate the causes of preterm birth using a transdisciplinary approach. This is a five-year award of up to $1 million scheduled to begin December 2017. Letters of Intent are due June 30, 2017. Select applicants will be invited to submit a full application. See the Request for Proposal for details.  

Grant funding provided by Ferring Pharmaceuticals.

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. Click here for a list of current grants.

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