Preterm Birth Initiative

Terms of Grant/Use of Funds

The Preterm Birth Initiative was created to increase the understanding of the biological mechanisms underlying parturition and spontaneous preterm birth and will provide up to $600,000 over a four-year period ($150,000 per year). 

Awards are made to U.S. or Canadian degree-granting institutions on behalf of the awardees. The principal investigator's institution is responsible for disbursing the funds and for maintaining adequate supporting records and receipts of expenditures.

Indirect costs may not be charged against the awards.  Institutional overhead may not be charged against BWF grants.

Awardees must provide BWF with an annual progress report detailing scientific progress. Continued funding will depend on both the timely submission of these reports and their favorable review by BWF and its program advisory committee. The principal investigator's institution must provide an annual financial report. Both reports must be submitted on forms that are provided on this website. Continued funding will depend on the favorable review of these reports by BWF and the program’s scientific advisory committee.

During the award period, unused research funds may be carried over to the succeeding year. Any unused funds (greater than $500) held by institutions when the award expires or terminated must be returned to BWF, unless BWF has granted prior permission to retain funds. Institutions may receive a no-cost extension of up to 12 months; requests explaining why an extension is needed must be submitted in writing at least one or two months prior to the end of the award period.

Scientific publications or presentations that result from these awards must acknowledge the awardee’s receipt of a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Preterm Birth Initiative award.  Copies of journal articles and other publications should be sent to BWF along with the annual progress report.

Awardees should follow their institutions’ patent, copyright, and intellectual property policies regarding discoveries that result from research conducted under these awards. Awardees must adhere to all federal, state, and local regulations regarding the participation of human subjects, and the use of animals, radioactive or hazardous materials, and recombinant DNA in their research projects. BWF expects the appropriate federal, state, and local guidelines with regard to scientific misconduct are in place and enforced at all institutions with which BWF awardees are affiliated.

Awardees should share scientific findings in a timely manner via the standard means of scientific communication, including publications and/or presentations in scientific forums. BWF will not retain any rights to published results or patents that result from the research.

Up to five (5) research grants will be awarded.  Research grants will provide up to $600,000 over a four-year period ($150,000 per year) and are expected to begin June 1, 2014.