Global maternal and neonatal health
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The NIHR Global Health Research Programme and the Medical Research Council (MRC) are inviting high-quality proposals across the spectrum of basic to applied research to address the burden of maternal and neonatal mortality and morbidity in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs).
Improvements in maternal and neonatal health rely on both innovation and better implementation of existing interventions. The broad remit of this call - covering the periods of pre-conception, pregnancy and birth, and postpartum - reflects the range and complexity of the challenges faced and the interdisciplinary efforts required.
Research topics may comprise (but are not limited to):
- Management and treatment of neonatal morbidity and chronic maternal morbidity caused by the birthing process. This includes development of ‘bundles’ of interventions to address multiple risks in the neonatal period.
- Provision of perinatal mental healthcare to mothers and fathers, including those affected by stillbirth, and with consideration given to sociocultural factors that may lead to stigma and blame.
- Postpartum care in humanitarian settings, particularly for people who have endured complicated pregnancies and/or traumatic birth experiences.
- Aetiology, detection and management of stillbirth, miscarriage, preterm birth, intrauterine growth restriction, pre-eclampsia, abruptio placentae, sepsis and postpartum haemorrhage.
- Identification of population-relevant biomarkers and risk factors that allow prediction of complications that may occur during pregnancy, delivery, and beyond.
Targeted intervention to improve pre-conception health beyond traditional fortification and supplementation (for example, promoting healthy lifestyle choices, improved health literacy, and better nutrition before and between pregnancies).
- Contraception and sociocultural issues around women’s reproductive rights.
- Diagnosis and treatment of comorbid infection, including consideration of vertical transmission and/or impact and management of non-communicable diseases.
We particularly encourage proposals focusing on the postpartum period.
Principal investigators in LMICs can apply directly to this call without the need for a UK partner. Applications led by UK principal investigators must include LMIC co-applicants and be founded upon genuine equitable partnerships.
The previous MRC-NIHR maternal and neonatal health call explicitly separated seed-funding from research grant applications. This separation has been removed for this call, and applications for small- and large-scale activities will be considered and assessed in the same way.
Closing date: 7 Apr 2020 17:00 (16:00 GMT+1)