Posted on September 7, 2012
|Deadline: December 3, 2012
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grants for Preterm Birth Research
Burroughs Wellcome Fund Grants for Preterm Birth Research by Interdisciplinary Teams
The Burroughs Wellcome Fund's Preterm Birth Initiative was created to increase the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying parturition and spontaneous preterm birth.
The initiative is designed to bring together diverse interdisciplinary groups with expertise in genetics/genomics, immunology, microbiology, and proteomics along with the more traditional areas of parturition research such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics to address scientific issues related to preterm birth.
The fund has committed $3 million for the initiative and anticipates making fivegrants of up to $600,000 over a four-year period ($150,000 per year).
The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment at a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada. Researchers working at research institutes, national laboratories, within the federal government, or outside of North America may be partners or collaborators but all funding must be channeled through the U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institution of the principal investigator.
Proposals should address the biomedical causes and mechanisms underlying (preterm) parturition including but not limited to peri-implantational events, placentation, fetal determinants, fetal-maternal immune responses, biological basis for racial-ethnic disparities, mechanisms relating preterm birth to other adverse pregnancy outcomes, biology of normal labor, etc. Proposals seeking to identify biomarkers predicting preterm birth are welcome.
Proposals must have an interdisciplinary approach. One member of the team must have training and expertise outside the traditional areas of reproductive science. Proposals that cross institutional boundaries (partnerships between multiple universities or collaborations within larger universities) are encouraged.
Visit the BWF Web site for complete program information and application instructions.
Link to Complete RFP
Primary Subject: Medical Research
Geographic Funding Area: National
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