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Burroughs Wellcome Fund Preterm Birth Initiative
Application Deadline: Dec 2, 2013 by 4:00pm EST
Accepting electronic applications only
The initiative is designed to bring together a diverse interdisciplinary group 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.
BWF will make up to five $600,000 grants to be paid out over a four-year period beginning June 1, 2014.
Candidate eligibility requirements are set out below. It might also be helpful to review the selection process to fully understand the selection criteria.
Proposals must be submitted from degree-granting institutions in the United States or Canada. The principal investigator must have a faculty appointment at a degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada. The principal investigator must be a citizen or permament resident of the U.S. 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.
Prior preterm birth full research grant recipients are not eligible to reapply.
BWF utilizes an interdisciplinary advisory committee to select and interview finalists and make recommendations for approval by the Fund's Board of Directors.
Selection will be based on the creativity, novelty, and innovation of the proposal as well as the likelihood of a significant impact in the area of parturition and the prevention of spontaneous prematurity. BWF does not provide critiques of unfunded proposals.
Selected proposals must meet the eligibility requirements.
Questions regarding candidate eligibility should be directed in advance to BWF by contacting Rolly Simpson, Sr. Program Officer, (919) 991-5110, or Debra Holmes, Sr. Program Associate, (919) 991-5134.