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March of Dimes General Research Grant

March of Dimes

Grant amount: Approximately US $100,000

Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Research Scientist Doctor Faculty

Funding uses: Biomedical

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States

Degree requirements: Applicants must be within a few years of receiving their PhD


When Franklin D. Roosevelt founded the March of Dimes in 1938, he chose research to be one of the cornerstones of the effort to defeat polio. Seventeen years and more than $25 million in research later, the polio vaccine was declared safe and highly effective.

Today our research investments are vital to the March of Dimes mission to prevent birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.

General Research Grants

March of Dimes leads teh fight for the health of all moms and babies. We invite qualified scientists with faculty appointemnts or the equivalent, at universities, hospitals and research institutions (not for profit or profit), to submit applications for the 2019 grant cycle. Topics must fall within five research prorities:

  • Major challenges of premature babies:
    • Necrotizing Enterocolitis, Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and Retinopathy of Prematurity;
  • Biological mechanisms underlying the high incidence of preterm birth in African American women;
  • Genome targeted therapeutics to treat birth defects;
  • Effect of anesthesia in the late fetus or newborn on neurologic development;
  • Preventing and treating chromosomal and structural abnormalities. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • MOD invites all qualified scientists with faculty appointments or the equivalent, at universities, hospitals and research institutions (not for profit or profit), to submit applications.


  • Budget items not acceptable:
    • Construction, alteration, maintenance or rental of buildings or building space.
    • Computer equipment, office equipment and furniture.
    • Dues for membership in scientific societies.
    • Office supplies including mail/postage costs; copying costs; telephone, fax, or modem line costs.
    • Tuition.
    • Publication/Manuscript costs.
    • Books and Journals.
    • Waste disposal.
    • Glassware washing.
    • IRB or IACUC fees.
    • Computer Facility Access Fee.
    • Insurance Fees, including General Automotive and Employee Liability.
    • Visa permit fees
    • Technology or infrastructure fees as charged per person
  • MOD policy states that abortion is not the solution to the problem of birth defects. The MOD has long maintained its neutrality on the issue of abortion.
    • All grantees and contractors regardless of their personal opinions are prohibited from using MOD funds for abortion research, to pay for abortions, or to give directive advice concerning abortions.
    • Fetal tissue research does not violate this policy if applicable federal regulations are adhered to.
    • A non-directive referral for counseling, if requested by a patient in the course of prenatal care, does not violate this policy.
    • Violation of this policy constitutes grounds for immediate cancellation of a grant or termination of a cooperative agreement.