The Burroughs Wellcome Fund Preterm Birth Initiative offers up to $600,000 over four years to both creative individual scientists and multi-investigator teams to approach the problem of preterm birth using creative basic and translation science methods. Molecular and computational approaches such as genetics/genomics, immunology, microbiology, evolutionary biology, mathematics, engineering, and other basic sciences hold enormous potential for new insights independently or in conjunction with more traditional areas of parturition research such as maternal fetal medicine, obstetrics, and pediatrics. The formation of new connections between reproductive scientists and investigators who are involved in other areas will give preterm birth research a fresh and unique look, and stimulate a new workforce to tackle this challenge.
Proposals must be submitted from degree-granting institutions in the U.S. or Canada. The PI must be a postdoctoral fellow in the final 1-2 years of postdoctoral training or hold a faculty appointment (assistant/associate/professor-level status) at a degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada. The PI must be a citizen or permanent resident of the U.S. or Canada. Proposals should address the biomedical causes and molecular 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, genomics, evolutionary influences and other approaches. Proposals seeking to identify biomarkers predicting preterm birth are welcome. Postdoctoral fellows nearing their transition to independent investigator status through senior established investigators are encouraged to apply.
Applications due December 1, 2014.