February 2, 2012

March of Dimes requesting proposals for 2013 research grants

The March of Dimes Foundation is seeking applications requesting grant support for projects in two distinct areas:

1. Research related to causes of prematurity (the Prematurity Research Initiative Program).

Research proposals of new paradigms based on strong conceptual frameworks are invited. The intent is to provide new insights into the large and increasing proportion of preterm deliveries in which the cause (and thus the means of prevention) remains elusive. The proposals need to consider especially, but not be limited to, genetics, gene-environment interactions and animal models.

2. Research directed at the prevention of birth defects.

Qualified scientists with faculty appointments are invited to submit applications for research grants directed at the prevention of birth defects. Research subjects appropriate for support of the March of Dimes include basic biological processes governing development, genetics, clinical studies, studies of reproductive health, environmental toxicology and social and behavioral studies.

Potential applicants should submit electronically the required administrative information and a Letter of Intent addressed to the senior vice president for Research and Global Programs via the foundation’s online system.

The letter of intent must include the following information in this order:
1. The objective.
2. The relevance to birth defects or reproductive health.
3. The hypothesis or hypotheses to be tested.
4. Preliminary data.
5. A statement of the methods of procedures.
6. A plan for evaluating the results.
7. Current financial support.
8. If the request is a renewal of a current grant or if the applicant holds a Basil O’Conner Starter Scholar Research Award, it must include a summary of its progress.

The letter of intent for the Prematurity Research Initiative (PRI) Program must be submitted via online system at http://researchgrants.marchofdimes.com/pri by April 15. For more information, please click on RFP.

The letter of intent for research proposals directed at the prevention of birth defects must be submitted via online system at http://researchgrants.marchofdimes.com/loi by April 30. For more information, please click on RFP.