PTBi-EA Funded Awards in Prematurity Research

Applications for the 2017 RFP cycle are currently under review.

PTBi East Africa funds Discovery 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. We offer awards that develop new talent and build research capacity in the area of prematurity, and promote relationships between East African and UCSF investigators.

Research ideas must: (1) fall under our definition of Discovery-based research and thus, may span laboratory, translational, clinical, epidemiological or technological research; (2) be submitted by an East African researcher as Principal Investigator; (3) have clear milestones and (4) be relevant to Kenya, Uganda or Rwanda.

All submissions are reviewed based on several criteria:

  • Significance and potential: Does the study address an important Discovery-related problem or hypothesis relevant to preterm birth in East Africa? Is the research likely to add to the field or lead to future research?
  • Approach: Are the design, methods, and analyses adequately developed and appropriate to the aims of the project?
  • Feasibility: Is the proposed work appropriate to the training/experience level of the applicant? Does the proposed scope of work realistically match the budget and timeframe?
  • Environment/support: Does the applicant have access to the necessary tools/support to conduct this research successfully, or successfully identified areas of guidance needed?


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