Foundation / Corporation
Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)
12/01/21 3:00 PM EST
Grants to USA and Canada nonprofit organizations, research institutes, and IHEs for research projects addressing the biological mechanisms of premature birth. Funding is intended to support studies that explore the causes, diagnostics, and therapeutic interventions surrounding adverse pregnancy outcomes. Proposals may involve computational or molecular approaches, such as immunology, genetics, genomics, mathematics, microbiology, and other basic sciences. Applications from women and underrepresented minorities are strongly encouraged.
Building upon the original goals of the BWF Preterm Birth Initiative, a recently convened Pregnancy Think Tank has helped shape the next generation of BWF preterm birth awards. Growing evidence suggests the interrelatedness of the duration of pregnancy, fetal growth, and adverse pregnancy outcomes such as preterm birth, preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, stillbirth, and maternal medical complications including maternal mortality. Other areas of interest are climate change and environmental impact on pregnancy, complications associated with ART, and epigenome-wide association studies. The Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) seeks to expand the scope of this award mechanism to capture these and other pregnancy outcomes as they believe they will be mutually informative and accelerate discovery.
For additional background information, see: https://www.bwfund.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/10/BWF_NGPI_RFP.pdf#page=3
Proposals should address the biomedical causes and molecular mechanisms underlying adverse pregnancies and their outcomes 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, genomics, evolutionary influences, maternal complications and other approaches. Proposals seeking to identify biomarkers predicting preterm birth are welcome.
BWF is also interested in Preterm Birth Risk Stratification using artificial intelligence and machine learning. Proposals that cross institutional boundaries (partnerships between multiple universities or collaborations within larger universities) are welcomed.
The support allocated for research is under the control of the principal investigator and may be used flexibly for items such as equipment, consumable supplies, travel to scientific meetings, and laboratory personnel working with the principal investigator. Prior approval by BWF is required when, within an award year, purchases of equipment exceed $20,000 or travel costs exceed $8,000.
GrantWatch ID#: 176023
Up to six (6) research grants will be awarded.
- Each award will provide up to $500,000 over a four-year period ($125,000 per year).
- At the termination of the grant period, grant balances of $500 or less may be retained by the institution.
- Award start date: June 1, 2022
- Award end date: March 31, 2026
During the award period, unused research funds may be carried over to the succeeding year. The principal investigator may receive a no-cost extension; requests explaining why an extension is needed must be submitted in writing at least two months prior to the end of the award.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://bwfund.ccgranttracker.com/Login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f
For questions, please contact:
Senior Program Officer
Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T.W. Alexander Drive
PO Box 13901
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-3901
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