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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research to Improve Pre-Pregnancy Care and Enhance Healthy Birth Intervals

National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Sep 7, 2024

Ronna Popkin, Ph.D.

Elena Gorodetsky, M.D., Ph.D.


This opportunity is a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for research that assesses the social and behavioral processes that facilitate or hinder the achievement of healthy interbirth intervals and to identify public health interventions that promote healthy birth outcomes.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Studies of social, cultural, or institutional norms
  • Research on structural and policy factors such as access to and participation in formal education and training programs, legal restrictions on age at marriage, access to comprehensive reproductive health services, and insurance policies and regulations
  • Studies of variation by geography and context, such as neighborhood-level features of residential areas of predominantly low-income, rural, or racial/ethnic minority populations
  • Research on the provision of medical services, including the physical and administrative structuring of health facilities, availability of provider specialties, and access to preconception and reproductive healthcare
  • Research on the intersection with the provision of information and services for preventing and treating sexually transmitted infection (STI) or other reproductive conditions in communities and clinics
  • Research on workforce policies and practices, such as provision of family leave, dedicated spaces for nursing and pumping, and flexible hours
  • Studies assessing household decision-making about the allocation of relevant resources, such as utilization of preconception care, infant feeding practices, or the purchase and use of pregnancy prevention methods
  • Research examining couple-level factors shaping preferences such as partners' desire for children and preferences about the timing of pregnancy within the relationship
  • Research on women's (or couples') understanding of their potential (in)fertility, the impact of breastfeeding on fertility, or the use of digital tools to monitor fertility
  • Studies examining the perceived side effects of different pregnancy prevention methods and concerns about interactions between their use and other medications

General NIH eligibility includes:

  • Higher education institutions
    • Public/state controlled institutions
    • Private institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
    • With 501(c)(3) status
    • Without 501(c)(3) status
    • Native American tribal organizations
    • Faith-based or community-based organizations
    • Regional organizations
  • Governments
    • State
    • County
    • City or township
    • Special districts
    • Federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments
    • Indian/Native American tribal governments (other than federally recognized)
    • Eligible agencies of the federal government
    • U.S. territory or possession
  • Other
    • Independent school districts
    • Public housing authorities
    • Indian housing authorities
    • Small businesses
    • For-profit organizations

Related funding announcements may have additional eligibility requirements.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Funding amounts are based on the related funding announcements.

Tagged as
Maternal health and prenatal care · Research methods and resources · Sexual and reproductive health

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