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Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (MCH FIRST)

  • Program Name:Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Research Program
  • Activity Code:R40
  • Application Available:11/9/2022
  • Application Deadline:2/7/2023
  • Created By:Wildberger, William
  • Created On:1/25/2022
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:11/9/2022
  • Estimated Project Start Date:7/1/2023

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

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 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-23-067
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.110
Provisional No
Activity Code R40
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2023


This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding under the FY 2023 Maternal and Child Health Field-Initiated Innovative Research Studies (MCH FIRST) Program. The purpose of the MCH FIRST Program is to advance the health and well-being of MCH populations by supporting innovative, applied, and translational intervention research studies on critical issues affecting MCH populations. There is a significant gap in the body of rigorous evidence on effective interventions available to the MCH field. The MCH FIRST Program aims to improve health equity by supporting groundbreaking intervention research to influence clinical practice, health care services, and early interventions for underserved communities. The MCH FIRST Program provides an opportunity for researchers to explore diverse MCH topics of regional and national significance. The MCH FIRST program goals are to: • Strengthen and expand the evidence base on topics addressed by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant National Performance Measures (see Appendix A), HRSA MCHB’s Strategic Research Issues, Strategic Plan Goals, OR Healthy People 2030 objectives; • Enhance the evidence and strategies for improving health equity for all MCH populations; and • Address existing and new research topics of regional and national significance that highlight new data, knowledge, evidence, and strategies for addressing the burden of diseases that affect MCH populations. For more details, see Program Requirements and Expectations. By the end of the period of performance, the recipient will have: • Implemented an innovative applied or translational intervention research study in the field of MCH. • Submitted or published at least three manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals. • Partnered with at least one program or institution that works with underserved populations to ensure cultural competency and recruit study participants representing underserved populations. • Disseminated results of the study to diverse stakeholders, including the study participants, outside the vehicle of peer-reviewed journals, such as blogs, reports, social media, guidelines, etc.

 Application Information

Application Available 11/09/2022
Application Deadline 02/07/2023
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 04/08/2023
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
Allow Applications to be Reopened in EHBs No
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date N/A
Estimated Project Period N/A
Estimated Project Start Date 07/01/2023
Estimated Project End Date 06/30/2026
Estimated Amount of this Competition $600,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 2
Estimated Average Size of Awards $300,000.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement No

 Contact Information

Name Jessica DiBari, PhD, MHS and Bridget Kerner, MS
Phone Number (301) 443-4690

 Download Information

Expand FOA (Guidance) Attachment (Maximum 1)
Document Name Size Date Attached Description
MCHB HRSA-23-067 (R40) MCH FIRST_Final.pdf 599 kB 11/09/2022
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