Funding Opportunity: MOD Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award

Named for the first March of Dimes chairman and president, the Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award (BOC) is designed to support young scientists embarking on their independent research careers. Applicants’ research interests should be consonant with those of the March of Dimes’ mission which is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.


The award is $150,000 for 2 years, including 10 percent indirect costs to sponsoring institutions. 


This award is intended to be an initial independent grant to young investigators. Eligibility is thus restricted. 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.


Basil O’Connor applicants may not be recipients of a major grant (e.g. R01, or other grant exceeding $200,000 a year) at the time of the application. 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.


The nomination deadline is March 15, 2017. Invitations to submit application will occur in May with applications due July 17, 2017. Applicants will be notified in late 2017 with an two-year award start date of February 1, 2018.


Full details are available on the March of Dimes website.


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