The Preterm Birth Initiative is committed to turning the curve on preterm birth and accelerating advancements in the field of prematurity by engaging academic and community investigators across disciplines to collaboratively tackle our primary research aims. We provide multiple funding opportunities throughout the year to support innovative research proposed by both UCSF researchers and stakeholders from a variety of disciplines, sectors, and communities.
PTBi-CA pursues research through a precision health lens, recognizing that birth outcomes are highly influenced by a complex interplay of biological and social determinants that vary by population and place. Our research efforts are primarily focused on reducing birth outcome disparities among low-income and women of color in the city of Oakland, and counties of San Francisco and Fresno. PTBi-CA works in direct partnership with these communities to prioritize research questions, review proposals and evaluate their potential for impact.
Applications for the Fall 2017 cycle are currently under review, with award notifications scheduled for the end of December. The next application cycle will open in January 2018.
PTBi-EA funds research focused on reducing the burden of prematurity in our East African geographies: Western Kenya, Eastern Uganda, and Rwanda. Our goal is to support innovative projects that improve knowledge of preterm birth, reduce neonatal mortality due to prematurity, contribute to the development of tools to identify and manage high-risk women and preterm neonates, and improve quality of care during the antenatal, intrapartum and immediate postnatal periods.
Applications for the 2017 RFP cycle are currently under review.