This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under HRSA-23-112: Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MH-RC-MSI) Research Centers (RCs) and HRSA-23-113: MH-RC-MSI Coordinating Center (CC).The purpose of the Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs)3 [hereafter referred to as the Collaborative] is to establish a multi-institutional research network that is comprised of and supports minority-serving institutions (MSIs) to build their capacity to conduct research addressing disparities in maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and maternal health outcomes and to find community-based solutions to address these disparities and advance health equity. The Collaborative consists of two funding announcements. • HRSA-23-112: MH-RC-MSI (RCs) will build the capacity of MSIs to conduct maternal health disparity research. • HRSA-23-113: MH-RC-MSI (CC) will provide technical assistance and other support to the RCs to help them build their institution’s research capacity in maternal health disparity research. HRSA-23-112: MH-RC-MSI (RCs) The goal of the RCs is to build the capacity for MSIs to conduct quantitative and/or qualitative maternal health research to fully understand and address the root causes of disparities in maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and maternal health outcomes, and to find community-based solutions to address these disparities and advance health equity. The following objectives should be accomplished by the end of the period of performance: 1. Plan and implement applied maternal health disparity research studies described in the NOFO and develop community-based solutions. 2. Demonstrate increased maternal health disparity research capacity in MSIs. 3. Develop manuscripts to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. 4. Disseminate and translate research findings into practice. 3 For the purpose of this NOFO, an MSI is defined as an institution that has a demonstrated record of or historical commitment to serving underrepresented or disadvantaged students, including but not limited to, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions, Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions and Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions. 5. Submit at least one grant funding proposal external to HRSA’s Maternal and Childe Health Bureau (MCHB) at the end of the project to sustain the work beyond the funding period.
Eligibility is limited to public or non-profit institutions of higher learning and public or private non-profit 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.
MSIs are especially encouraged to apply to this opportunity; non-MSI applicants are expected to partner with an MSI.
Non-profit applicants are required to submit proof of non-profit status as Attachment 4. A foreign applicant will need to be affiliated with a U.S. entity (i.e., 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.
Evva Assing-Murray, PhD; Maura Maloney, PhD