March of Dimes: 2018 Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

The March of Dimes Foundation is accepting nominations to support young scientists embarking on their independent research careers. Applicants’ research interests should be consistent with those of the March of Dimes’ mission: improving the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. Award amount is up to $150,000 for two years. The Letter of Nomination deadline is March 15, 2017.

March of Dimes: 2018 Basil O'Connor Starter Scholar Research Award
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The March of Dimes Foundation (MoD) is accepting nominations to support young scientists embarking on their independent research careers. Applicants’ research interests should be consonant with those of the March of Dimes’ mission: The mission of the March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality. The March of Dimes defines a birth defect as any abnormality of structure or function, whether inherited or acquired in utero, and presenting in infancy or early childhood. Reproductive health of women and men as an underlying basis of birth defects, i.e. preconceptional events, perinatal course, and premature births are appropriate subjects for research support. Relevance is interpreted broadly to include fundamental cell biology (embryogenesis, cell lineage, organ differentiation), genetics and genomics, molecular and clinical pathogenesis of disorders of importance to mothers and infants, biomedical engineering and imaging, and social and behavioral aspects. PhD applicants should be four to eight years past their degree and must hold a full-time faculty position at their current institution. For MD or MD/PhD applicants, the same 4-8 year timeline applies, but begins upon completion of the last year of clinical training required for medical specialty board certification. Requests for exceptions (e.g. parental leave) should be directed to the Senior Vice President for Research & Global Programs. Applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g. R01 or any other grants exceeding $200,000 a year). Applicants who have transition faculty-mentored awards (e.g. K99/R00) are welcome if they have completed the mentored portion. If not, application should be deferred. Candidates may not simultaneously hold a grant for any other March of Dimes research program. 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. A list of currently funded Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards can be found here.

Letter of Nomination Deadline: March 15, 2017. Invited full proposals will be due July 17, 2017 with award notification by December 2017. Award start date of February 1, 2018 and end date of January 31, 2020. Application Guidelines for the award: http://www.marchofdimes.org/glue/css-images/_notes/basil-oconnor-boc-starter-scholar-research-award-request-for-proposals.pdf.

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Kavita Hall, Associate Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, at  or (919) 962-2013. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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