March of Dimes Research Grants – When you are conducting a research, it is often that funding is one of the biggest concerns. There are several ways to fund your research, and one of the best solutions is trough grants. As you know, grants are basically free money that you can use without having the obligation to repay them.
The March of Dimes was first initiated by one of the US presidents, Franklin D. Roosevelt. From the first time it was founded back in 1938, the March of Dimes invests a large number of money for research in medical field, and they are doing it until today. This foundation now focuses on investing researches that are related to infant mortality, birth defects and premature birth prevention.
March of Dimes Research Grants Types
There are several types of grants available this year, including:
General research grants – The general research grants focuses on providing financial assistance for researches that are related to birth defects, infant mortality and premature birth.
Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards – This is a special grant aimed for young scientists who are planning to start their independent research. Of course, the research or project should be related to the mission of the March of Dimes (infant mortality, birth defects, and premature birth).
Prematurity Research Initiative – This grant provides financial assistance for researches and projects that are related to the causes of prematurity.
In general, the most grants are awarded in the term of three years, with no fixed set amount of grant money. The average grant available from the MOD General Research Grant is $100,000, while the average grant money for Basil O’Connor Research Awards Grant is at $150,000; and the Prematurity Research Initiative Grant provides around $145,000 in average.
To qualify, you need to submit your application prior to April 30 (General Research Grant), March 15 (Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Awards), and April 15 (Prematurity Research Initiative Grant). You need to prove that you came from non-profit institution such as university, research institution, or hospital. Another important thing to note is that the grants are available even for non-US people.
March of Dimes Controversies
As we have mentioned earlier, the March of Dimes has a long history and now they are focusing on the three missions mentioned above. However, apparently there have been some controversies about this foundation which even lead to a boycott from some people that started in 1970 until today.
Note that the boycott is on the donation part of the foundation. The March of Dimes grants is in general considered to be okay. However, some pro-life scientists refuse to apply for the grant for the same reason as the donation boycott.
Below are some of the reasons for the March of Dimes boycott
- They often consider abortion is part of the treatment, and they take the ‘neutral’ opinion on abortion. This is widely considered as silent abortion encouragement
- The MOD has close relation to the eugenics (selective breeding) movement
- They support experimentation on live babies in the womb
- They support taking tissue from aborted babies
If you are okay with the boycott, then you should apply for the March of Dimes Research Grants.