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Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award (BOC)

Grants to USA Early-Career Investigators to Research
Medical Conditions in Newborns and Pregnant Women

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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March of Dimes

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Deadline Date:

12/05/19 6:00 PM Eastern Standard Time


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Grants to USA early-career investigators that hold a tenure-track faculty position for research that can increase understanding or improve clinical treatment of medical conditions that affect pregnant women and newborns up to one year. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Funding is intended to support the long term goal to cure or greatly mitigate conditions that adversely impact the health of pregnant women and newborns.

The Foundation invites impactful research that will advance its translational understanding of, or lead to improved clinical treatment of any serious medical conditions that afflict mothers during pregnancies or newborns within the first year of life. Applications focused on preterm birth and birth defects are prioritized. All applications are mandated to have a direct link to clinical translation. Named for the first March of Dimes chairman and president, this grant is awarded to outstanding investigators just embarking on their independent research careers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186155

Estimated Size of Grant:

The award is $150,000, including 10 percent indirect costs to sponsoring institutions.

Term of Contract:

The award is for 2 years.
Award start date: July 1, 2020
Award end date: June 30, 2022

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award is intended to be an early career grant to young investigators who are just embarking on an independent research career. Eligibility is thus restricted. MD or MD/PhD applicants should be four to nine years past their last year of clinical training required for medical specialty board certification, must hold a full-time tenure-track faculty position (or equivalent) at their current U. S. based institution, and must have received their first tenure-track appointment no more than four years prior to the submission deadline. For PhD scientists, the same timelines applies, but the four to nine year window begins upon completion of their terminal degree. For PhD scientists, it is required that they have either primary or secondary appointments in clinical departments related to maternal or child health.

Applicants who have transition faculty-mentored awards (e.g. K99/R00) are welcome if they still have one year of the mentored portion. If not, application should be deferred. K12 and K08 applicants are encouraged. Candidates may not simultaneously hold a grant for any other March of Dimes research program. In addition, applicants may not have total grant support exceeding $200,000 per year before the BOC award start date (e.g. R01). Those who have previously submitted an application to the Basil O’Connor program are ordinarily not eligible for resubmission; however, exceptions will be considered on an individual basis.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- June 3, 2019………….…….Application portal opened
- July 17, 2019………………..LOI and Nomination due
- October 28, 2019………..Invitation to submit application
- December 5, 2019……….Full application due
- May 20, 2020………...…..Notification of funding decision
- July 1, 2020…………………Award start date
- June 30, 2022……….….…Award end date

Your application must be submitted by 6:00 pm Eastern Standard Time on the day your application is due.

Information Required from the Nominator:
- Deans, Chairs of Departments, or Directors of Institutes/Centers may submit nominations for this award, addressed to the Chief Scientific Officer.
- Letter of Nomination (due by July 17, 2019) should be submitted via the online system.

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