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Addressing the Health of Children and Mothers

Maternal and Child Health Secondary Data Analysis Research (MCH SDAR) Program

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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)

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01/26/22 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and tribes for research addressing the health of children and mothers, as well as services targeting children with special health needs. Applicants are advised that required registrations may take up to one month to complete. Proposals are invited for applied maternal and child health (MCH) research that utilizes the secondary analysis of existing national data sets and/or administrative records to improve the health and well-being of MCH populations.

The MCH SDAR program provides the opportunity for researchers across the nation to build the MCH evidence base by using existing data sets, such as national data sets and/or administrative records, to identify emerging issues, study new research questions, test hypotheses, and determine pathways for intervention. This program will allow HRSA to achieve timely, evidence-based responses to these challenges.

Findings from the research supported by the MCH SDAR Program are expected to:

  • Strengthen and expand the evidence base on topics addressed by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Services Block Grant National Performance Measures (see Appendix A in the NOFO in Attached Files below). By supporting research on MCH populations, the MCH SDAR Program aims to inform HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau’s (MCHB’s) other investments and programs, see:;
  • Address HRSA MCHB's Strategic Research Issues such as improving public health systems and infrastructure, reducing health inequalities, increasing quality of and access to care, addressing health disparities, improving health equity, and/or promoting the health of MCH populations;
  • Address Healthy People 2030 objectives that are relevant to the application. Applications should connect the proposed topic with relevant Healthy People 2030 objectives;
  • Address MCHB Strategic Plan Goals;
  • Address health disparities facing underserved communities using existing data to provide evidence and strategies for improving health equity for all MCH populations regardless of race or ethnicity; and/or
  • Address existing and emerging research topics of regional and national significance that highlight new data, knowledge, evidence, and strategies for addressing the burden of diseases that affect MCH populations.

HRSA expects each MCH SDAR award recipient to complete the following activities:

  • Conduct applied or translational research on critical and emerging MCH issues through secondary analyses of existing national databases and/or administrative records that are aligned with research goals;
  • Develop and submit a dissemination plan for the distribution of research findings and products to scientific, professional, and lay audiences. Dissemination activities include, but are not limited to, peer-reviewed articles, manuscripts, conference presentations, newsletter articles, webcasts, fact sheets, infographics, policy briefs, publically available websites, and social media posts;
  • Report study sample information with regard to diversity (i.e., race/ethnicity, gender/sex, disability, geographic location, and socioeconomic status) to HRSA in the Electronic Handbooks (EHBs) reports;
  • Develop and implement strategies to sustain and expand the scientific knowledge generated from the award; and
  • Present findings at the End of Project Presentation (Research Festival) to MCHB staff.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182502

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Up to 6

Estimated Size of Grant:

You may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $100,000 total cost (includes both direct and indirect, facilities and administrative costs).

Term of Contract:

The period of performance is July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023 (1 year).

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility is limited to domestic 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). Domestic faith-based and community-based organizations, tribes, and tribal organizations are eligible to apply.

Applicants are required to submit proof of nonprofit status.

NOTE: Multiple applications from an organization are allowable. Multiple applications from an organization with the same DUNS or Unique Entity Identifier (UEI) number are allowable if the applications propose separate and distinct projects. For example, different investigators (or research teams) from the same institution can apply for the same funding opportunity.

Due to funding limitations and in order to diversify the principal investigators in the MCH SDAR Program portfolio, the following additional application responsiveness criteria apply. All applications that do not comply with these requirements will be deemed non-responsive and will not be considered for funding under this notice.

- An individual cannot be named as the project director (PD) or principal investigator (PI) for multiple applications for the HRSA-22-096 competition.
- In order to diversify our research grant portfolio, and ensure that investigators devote adequate time and expertise to funded research programs, a current PD/PI of an active HRSA/MCHB/Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER)/Division of Research (DOR) award can serve for no more than 10 percent time on a new proposal.
- Applications that overlap in period of performance with a currently funded HRSA/MCHB/OER/DOR project by the same PD/PI will not be considered for funding (i.e., a PD/PI cannot have two (2) HRSA/MCHB/OER/DOR awards in effect simultaneously). A no-cost extension year counts as part of the total period of performance during which an overlap in period of performance is not allowed.
- Applications must propose secondary analysis of existing national data sets and/or administrative records.
- All secondary analyses, including those that involve the linkage of multiple datasets, cannot exceed 1 year in length.
- Projects that include the collection of biological specimens will not be considered, as this program funds secondary analysis of existing national databases and administrative data on MCH populations and only allows secondary analysis of existing national databases and administrative data.
- Projects addressing autism spectrum disorder will not be considered for this competition (a separate competition for Autism Secondary Data Analysis Research Studies Program may be held, if funds are available).

Additionally, a student/trainee receiving support from award funds must be a citizen, national, or permanent resident of the United States.

Pre-proposal Conference:

HRSA has scheduled the following technical assistance:

- Day and Date: Monday, November 8, 2021
- Time: 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET
- Dial-in Toll-Free #: (833) 568-8864
- Meeting ID: 160 446 8826
- Passcode: 22601175
- Weblink:

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. The questions will be compiled and addressed during the TA webinar.

HRSA will record the webinar and make it available approximately 2 weeks after the webinar at:

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for applications under this NOFO is January 26, 2022 at 11:59 p.m. ET. HRSA suggests submitting applications to at least 3 calendar days before the deadline to allow for any unforeseen circumstances.

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.

The registration process requires information in three separate systems:

- Dun and Bradstreet (
- System for Award Management (SAM) (
- (

HRSA requires you to apply electronically. HRSA encourages you to apply through using the SF-424 workspace application package associated with this notice of funding opportunity (NOFO) following the directions provided at

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For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the page above.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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

David Colwander
Grants Management Specialist
Division of Grants Management Operations, OFAM
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-7858

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

Fulera Salami, MPH and Maura Maloney, PhD, MS
Project Officers, Division of Research, Office of Epidemiology and Research
Attn: FY 2022 MCH SDAR
Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration
5600 Fishers Lane, Room 18N11
Rockville, MD 20857
Telephone: (301) 443-6377 or (301) 443-1087

If you have questions about the NOFO, please send them prior to the webinar via email to

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

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