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Cooperative Agreement to a USA IHE, Tribe, or Nonprofit to Reduce Disparities in Maternal Death Rates

Maternal Health Research Collaborative for Minority-Serving Institutions (MH-RC-MSI) Coordinating Center (CC)


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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-23-113
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Important Dates
Deadline: 06/12/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Cooperative agreement to a USA IHE, Tribe, or nonprofit organization to establish a research network that will investigate disparities in maternal mortality rates. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. Funding is intended to advance health equity for minority populations.

The goal of HRSA-23-113 is to build the research capacity of the RCs or their partner MSI and other MSIs to conduct maternal health disparity research. The award recipient will also provide support in meeting the RCs’ project objectives. The CC will collect data to measure and evaluate the Collaborative’s impact and effectiveness, and enhance the RCs’ productivity, efficiency, and public health impact.

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

  1. Develop training materials, tools, and toolkits to enhance the capacity of the RCs to conduct maternal health disparity research.
  2. Convene and support a learning community of MSIs to conduct maternal health disparity research, promote scientific collaborations, and build synergy among MSIs.
  3. Establish a data infrastructure to collect and share data across the RCs.
  4. Increase the number of diverse, early-stage investigators from underserved communities trained in maternal health disparity research.
  5. Disseminate research findings from RCs to communities, policymakers, researchers, and other stakeholders.
  6. Develop strategies and tools to accelerate and translate the research into practice with a focus on addressing health disparities and equity in communities.
  7. Evaluate the overall impact of the Collaborative on achieving its goal to build MSI capacity to reduce maternal health disparities.


  • City or township governments
  • County governments
  • Independent school districts
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • 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.

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Additional Funding Information

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Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $2,350,000 in year 1 and $2,230,000 in years 2-5

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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