U5D MCH Pediatric Research Network Program (PedsRN)

Funding Agency:
Health Resources and Services Administration

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the U5D MCH Pediatric Research Network (PedsRN) Program. The purpose of this program is to establish and maintain an interdisciplinary, national, multi-site research platform for scientific collaboration and infrastructure building. The Research Network will provide national leadership for applied and translational practice-based pediatric research and interventions to advance the evidence base for pediatric practice. PedsRN will accomplish this by supporting: collaborative practice-based research aimed at enhancing primary care practice, the development of evidence-based guidelines based on network research findings, and dissemination of findings in order to accelerate the translation of research into practice. 

The Research Network will identify effective practices to promote children’s health in primary care settings. This will be accomplished through the establishment and ongoing development of a national network of primary care and child health professionals. These health care professionals will collaborate in the development and implementation of research designed to increase knowledge of pediatric care.

Deadline: April 23, 2020


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Eligibility Requirements

Only domestic public or nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research or in programs relating to maternal and child health and/or services for children with special health care needs are eligible to apply. See 42 CFR Part 51a.3(b). Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.



Amount Description

HRSA estimates approximately $300,000 to be available annually to fund one recipient. The actual amount available will not be determined until enactment of the final FY 2020 federal appropriation. You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $300,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs) per year. The period of performance is September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2025 (5 years).

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are allowable. In order to diversify the HRSA/MCHB research grant portfolio, an individual cannot serve as the project director (PD) or PI on more than one active HRSA MCH Research Network. To foster interdisciplinary collaboration and increase opportunities for mentorship for emerging MCH researchers, a PD/PI on an active HRSA MCH research grant is allowed up to 10 percent effort as a co-investigator on an existing HRSA MCH research grant. HRSA allows one PD/PI to be named on the cover page of the SF-424 R&R application, who will serve as the key point of contact. The application can include co-investigators as key personnel on the project. It does not apply to being a PI on grants from other agencies. However, if selected for funding, the new recipient will need to verify that percent effort across all federally-funded grants does not exceed 100 percent.

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

April 23, 2020