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Cooperative Agreements to USA IHEs, Tribes, and Nonprofits for Research Related to Health Equity for Women

Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MH-RC-MSI) Research Centers (RCs)


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Funding Source
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) - Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
CFDA Number: 93.110
Funding or PIN Number: HRSA-23-112
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/12/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreements to USA IHEs, Tribes, and nonprofit organizations for research to investigate disparities in maternal mortality rates. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. Funding is intended to conduct research, disseminate the findings, and implement changes to increase health equity for women from minority populations.

The goal of the RCs is to build the capacity for MSIs to conduct quantitative and/or qualitative maternal health research to fully understand and address the root causes of disparities in maternal mortality, severe maternal morbidity, and maternal health outcomes, and to find community-based solutions to address these disparities and advance health equity.

The following objectives should be accomplished by the end of the period of performance:

  1. Plan and implement applied maternal health disparity research studies described in the NOFO and develop community-based solutions.
  2. Demonstrate increased maternal health disparity research capacity in MSIs.
  3. Develop manuscripts to be published in peer-reviewed scientific journals.
  4. Disseminate and translate research findings into practice.
  5. Submit at least one grant funding proposal external to HRSA’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) at the end of the project to sustain the work beyond the funding period.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofits having a 501(c)(3) status with the IRS, other than institutions of higher education
  • Private institutions of higher education
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)
  • Special district governments
  • State governments

Additional Eligibility Criteria
Eligibility is limited to public or non-profit institutions of higher learning and public or private non-profit agencies engaged in research or in programs relating to maternal and child health and/or services for children with special health care needs. See 42 CFR § 51a.3 (b). Faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

MSIs are especially encouraged to apply to this opportunity; non-MSI applicants are expected to partner with an MSI.

A foreign applicant will need to be affiliated with a U.S. entity (i.e., university, institution) with a U.S. EIN established and recognized by HRSA to be considered a public or nonprofit institution of higher learning or a public or private nonprofit agency.

Pre-Proposal Conference
HRSA has scheduled the following webinar:

Friday, April 21, 2023
2 – 3:45 p.m. ET

Attendees without computer access or computer audio can use the dial-in information below:
Call-In Number: 1 833 568 8864
Passcode: 44861796

Pre-Application Information
The application due date under this NOFO is June 12, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests you submit your application to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

In an attempt to more effectively utilize the TA webinar time, if you have questions about the NOFO, please send them prior to the webinar via email. Program staff will compile and address these questions during the TA webinar.

HRSA requires you to apply electronically through

Ensure your and registrations and passwords are current immediately. HRSA will not approve deadline extensions for lack of registration. Registration in all systems may take up to 1 month to complete.

Multiple applications from an organization with the same Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) are allowed if the applications propose separate and distinct projects.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $461,000 in year 1 and $450,000 in years 2-5 per award

Term of Contract
Period of Performance: September 30, 2023 through September 29, 2028 (5 years)

Contact Information
Submit pre-webinar questions to

You may request additional information and/or technical assistance regarding business, administrative, or fiscal issues related to this NOFO by contacting:

LaToya Ferguson
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
Phone: (301) 443-1440

You may request additional information regarding the overall program issues and/or technical assistance related to this NOFO by contacting:

Evva Assing-Murray, PhD, MA and Maura Maloney, PhD, MS
Office of Epidemiology and Research
Division of Research
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration

For assistance with submitting the application in, contact 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, excluding federal holidays at: Contact Center
Phone: 1-800-518-4726 (International callers dial 606-545-5035)

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