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Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs for Research to Improve Maternal and Child Health

Maternal and Child Health (MCH) Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (MCH FIRST) Program


GrantWatch ID# 182514
Agency: Federal

Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) - Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) - Office of Epidemiology and Research
CFDA Number: 93.110
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-23-067
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Geographic Focus
All USA

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/17/22
Deadline: 02/07/23 11:59 PM ET

Grant Description
Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, community and faith-based organizations, and Tribes for research projects to improve the health and well-being of mothers and children. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. The MCH FIRST Program aims to improve health equity by supporting groundbreaking intervention research to influence clinical practice, health care services, and early interventions for populations from underserved communities.

This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the FY 2023 Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (MCH FIRST) Program. The purpose of the MCH FIRST Program is to advance the health and well-being of MCH populations by supporting innovative, applied, and translational intervention research studies on critical issues affecting MCH populations. There is a significant gap in the body of rigorous evidence on effective interventions available to the MCH field. The MCH FIRST Program aims to improve health equity by supporting groundbreaking intervention research to influence clinical practice, health care services, and early interventions for underserved communities. The MCH FIRST Program provides an opportunity for researchers to explore diverse MCH topics of regional and national significance.

 The MCH FIRST program goals are to:

  •  Strengthen and expand the evidence base on topics addressed by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant National Performance Measures (see Appendix A), HRSA MCHB’s Strategic Research Issues, Strategic Plan Goals, OR Healthy People 2030 objectives;
  •  Enhance the evidence and strategies for improving health equity for all MCH populations; and
  •  Address existing and new research topics of regional and national significance that highlight new data, knowledge, evidence, and strategies for addressing the burden of diseases that affect MCH populations. For more details, see Program Requirements and Expectations.

 By the end of the period of performance, the recipient will have:

  •  Implemented an innovative applied or translational intervention research study in the field of MCH.
  • Submitted or published at least three manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Partnered with at least one program or institution that works with underserved populations to ensure cultural competency and recruit study participants representing underserved populations.
  • Disseminated results of the study to diverse stakeholders, including the study participants, outside the vehicle of peer-reviewed journals, such as blogs, reports, social media, guidelines, etc.

For more about MCHB and its Strategic Plan, see page 7 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.



Recipient

Eligibility
  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • For profit organizations other than small businesses
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Small businesses
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
Eligibility is limited to public or nonprofit institutions of higher learning and public or private nonprofit agencies engaged in research or in programs relating to maternal and child health and/or services for children with special health care needs. See 42 CFR 51a.3(b). Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply. You are required to submit proof of non-profit status as Attachment 5. A foreign applicant will need to be affiliated with, and a sub-awardee, of a U.S. entity (e.g., university, institution) with a U.S. EIN established and recognized by HRSA to be considered a public or nonprofit institution of higher learning or a public or private nonprofit agency.

For Funding Restrictions, see page 24 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HRSA has scheduled the following webinar:
Thursday, November 17, 2022
2–3 p.m. ET
Weblink: https://hrsa-gov.zoomgov.com/j/1604352004?pwd=NXo5ajluanVhRVRvS3ZlZjV6WDByZz09

Attendees without computer access or computer audio can use the dial-in information below:
Call-In Number: 1-833-568-8864
Meeting ID: 160 435 2004
Passcode: 71141036

In an attempt to more effectively utilize TA webinar time, if you have questions about the NOFO, please send them prior to the webinar via email to MCHFIRST@hrsa.gov. HRSA will compile and address these questions during the TA webinar.

HRSA will record the webinar and make it available approximately 2 weeks after the webinar at: https://mchb.hrsa.gov/research/pre-app-ta-webinars.asp

Pre-Application Information
Dates to Apply: 11/09/2022 to 02/07/2023
Estimated Award Date: 07/01/2023

The application due date under this NOFO is February 7, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests you submit your application to Grants.gov at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

Ensure your SAM.gov and Grants.gov registrations and passwords are current immediately! HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete. For more information, see page 23 of the NOFO in Attached Files below.

Cost sharing/matching is not required for this program.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=340393

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$600,000

Number of Grants
Up to 2 grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $300,000 per award

Term of Contract
Period of Performance: July 1, 2023 through June 30, 2026 (3 years)

Contact Information
You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:
David Colwander
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: (301) 443-7858
Email: DColwander@hrsa.gov

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:
Jessica DiBari, PhD, MHS
Senior Health Scientist, Office of Epidemiology and Research
Attn: MCH FIRST HRSA-23-067
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: (301) 443-4690
Email: MCHFIRST@hrsa.gov

Bridget Kerner, MS
Public Health Analyst, Office of Epidemiology and Research
Attn: MCH FIRST HRSA-23-067
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: (301) 287-0115
Email: MCHFIRST@hrsa.gov

You may need assistance when working online to submit your application forms electronically. Always obtain a case number when calling for support. For assistance with submitting the application in Grants.gov, contact Grants.gov 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at:
Grants.gov Contact Center
Phone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)
Email: support@grants.gov
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RFP & Supporting Documents
Full Grant Text RFP

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates / changes / addendums / conferences / LOIs.


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