Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 5/15/2024

Discovery Research Grants

Discovery Grants are for established scientists with a long history of published work in the maternal fetal health and related fields.

These six annual grants, which provide $200,000 over two years ($100,000 in funding each year) are awarded to seasoned researchers seeking to make consequential translational discoveries that will drastically alter clinical care for pregnant women and babies, whether through evidence-based prevention, diagnosis or intervention. 

Simply put, Discovery Grants are funding vehicles for research inquiries that are as practical as they are ambitious, as attainable as they are groundbreaking, and as transformative as they are necessary. These grants are given to researchers with inquiries that have the power to drastically reshape outcomes for mothers and babies in America and strike a decisive blow against the maternal health crisis in this country.

Deadline: Sep. 6, 2024

Areas of Interest

The proposed research should focus on one of these priority topic areas:

Late Spontaneous Pre-Term Birth: Focus on prevention and treatment of diseases in mom or baby leading to spontaneous premature birth. Investigations addressing all pregnancy-related disorders must have the potential to improve clinical care to prevent adverse maternal and child outcomes.

Racial Inequities as They Relate to Morbidity and Mortality Outcomes for Mothers and Babies: Focus on physical, mental, or psychological outcomes affecting the ability of mother or child to thrive and maintain health during pregnancy, intrapartum, and up to one year postpartum. Investigations may address factors contributing to racial inequities.

Cardiovascular Health Conditions Developed During Pregnancy or Exacerbated During Pregnancy: Focus on cardiovascular conditions that begin, develop, or get worse during pregnancy and how to characterize, prevent, and/or mitigate their development. Studies may investigate periods of pregnancy, intrapartum, and/or up to one year postpartum.

Eligibility Requirements

March of Dimes invites submissions from:

  • Health professionals, health researchers, epidemiologists, and social scientists with doctoral academic degrees and either a faculty appointment or equivalent at academic universities, hospitals, and research institutions;
  • Those who are employees of small businesses, startup companies, non-profit organizations; or
  • Pharmaceutical companies committed to research in the area of maternal and infant health.

These applications are not limited to US citizens/are open to global applicants. Applicants may not hold any other current March of Dimes grants when applying.

Amount Description

Award Amount: $200,000 over two years inclusive of 10% indirect costs