Psychology and other social science and academic departments at universities
Nonprofit research institutions
The MCH research program encourages applications from all researchers interested in better understanding and promoting maternal and child health and well-being.
Age Groups Targeted
What age groups are targeted in the MCH Research Program?
The field of MCH Research adopts a life course perspective. We have funded projects that focus on:
Pregnancy and the prenatal period
Children from birth to age 18
The transition to young adulthood
Women throughout their reproductive years
Many of our funded projects have also focused on the family as a whole, including the role of fathers in the health and wellbeing of mothers and children.
Funded Grants by Topics
What topics are funded by the MCH Research Program?
MCH research is broad in scope. The MCH Research Program has funded grants on a variety of topics relevant to the health and wellbeing of mothers and children, including:
Health Care Systems & Delivery
Prenatal health & Pregnancy Outcomes
Nutrition & Obesity
Parenting & Child Development
School Outcomes & Services
Illness & Injury
Mental Health & Wellbeing
Developmental Disabilities & Special Health Care Needs
Culture & Context
Studies Focused on Underserved Populations
Does the MCH Research Program focus on underserved populations?
Most of the MCH Research Program's funded research targets diverse groups of underserved populations. Some of these are underserved by virtue of ethnic minority status, others because they are immigrant populations or live in rural areas. The majority of the targeted populations, but not all, are low-income.
The MCH Research Program encourages proposals that focus on promoting health and wellbeing among specific underserved populations.
Studies Focused on Special Needs Populations
Does the MCH Research Program fund studies on special needs populations?
Many of our funded research projects focus on delivery of health care services and promotion of health and wellbeing among children with special health care needs, including:
Autism Spectrum Disorders
Chronic conditions associated with preterm birth or low birthweight
Other special health care needs, disabilities, and chronic illnesses
Grantees by Federal Region
What regions of the country are represented in the MCH Research Program?
The MCH Research Program has funded projects throughout the United States and its territories. We seek representation across all states and territories included in the 10 US Department of Health and Human Services regions.