NIH Institutes Commit $2 Million to Small Businesses to Promote Placental Research

This month the NICHD and the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) reissued two funding announcements, inviting grant applications for the development of methods to assess placental development and function. The Institutes intend to commit an estimated total of $2 million to small businesses in 2015 to support this research.

Specifically, NICHD and NIBIB are interested in research on safe, non-invasive (or minimally invasive) methods for assessing the human placenta during pregnancy, in real time. This research supports the goals of the Human Placenta Project, which aims to learn more about the placenta to improve the lifelong health of women and children.

More information about how to apply, including eligibility criteria, funding amounts, and submission requirements, may be found at the following links:

Letters of intent from prospective applicants—which are recommended, but not required—may be sent to:

John V. Ilekis, PhD
Pregnancy and Perinatology Branch
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 4B03C, MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-MS7510
(Rockville, MD 20852 for express/courier service; non-USPS service)
Telephone: 301-435-6895

Letters of intent are due by August 15, 2014, with applications due by September 15, 2014.

More information about the Human Placenta Project:


About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute's website at

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