Call for Applications: Global Maternal and Neonatal Health 2019

Deadline: 24 April 2019

Applications are open for Global Maternal and Neonatal Health which is a joint initiative between the Medical Research Council (MRC; part of UK Research & Innovation, partly funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)), and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

The purpose of the call is to address the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low and middle income countries (LMICs), by funding high-quality proposals across the spectrum of basic to applied research.

Focus Areas

  • aetiology, detection, and management of stillbirth, miscarriage, pre-term birth, intrauterine growth restriction, pre-eclampsia, abruptio placentae, sepsis, and postpartum haemorrhage
  • identification of population-relevant biomarkers and risk factors that allow prediction of complications that may occur during pregnancy, delivery, and beyond
  • targeted intervention to improve pre-conception health beyond traditional fortification and supplementation (for example, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, improved health literacy, and better nutrition before and between pregnancies)
  • contraception and sociocultural issues around women’s reproductive rights
  • technological innovation, including cost-effective, low-tech diagnostics and detection devices, mHealth intervention, telemedicine, and collection of big data to enable accurate epidemiology
  • provision of perinatal mental healthcare to mothers and fathers, including those affected by stillbirth, and with consideration given to sociocultural factors that may lead to stigma and blame
  • diagnosis and treatment of co-morbid infection, including consideration of vertical transmission and/or impact and management of non-communicable disease
  • management and treatment of neonatal morbidity and chronic maternal morbidity caused by the birthing process. This includes development of ‘bundles’ of interventions to address multiple risks in the neonatal period. (Indirect effects of maternal morbidity, such as unemployment, the health of her other children, and the social and economic standing of her family are outside the scope of the current call.)
  • humanitarian settings associated with increases in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality and higher rates of sexual violence. Greater research efforts are needed to address these issues considering the growing numbers living in displaced populations and protracted conflict settings.

Funding Information

The MRC and NIHR have made up to £10 million.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The PI is the lead researcher on the application with overall responsibility for the intellectual leadership of the project and for the overall management of the research. The grant will be administered by the PI’s research organisation. Co-Is assist the PI in the management and leadership of the research and may provide specialist expertise in a particular facet of the research.
  • PI’s should be based at an eligible LMIC or UK research organisation.

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted via given website.

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  • Avatar INNOCENT AMPUMUZA says:

    Am requesting for a funding opportunity for maternal child health. Hope to hear from you soon.

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