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.
To meet the urgent need for COVID-19 specific research in maternal-child health, we are supporting investigations into ways to protect and care for women preparing for childbirth, the families caring for a newborn, and healthcare providers in a pandemic climate.
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. For research investigators interested in the study data from our PRCs, visit the prematurity research database.
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.