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Joint awards: Action Medical Research & Borne

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The next closing date for these outlines is likely to be in November 2019.

Applications will be considered through the Action Medical Research peer review system. Action Medical Research and Borne are teaming up to fund project grants from across the UK for translational research into the causes of preterm birth in order to develop diagnostic, treatment and prevention strategies to reduce the rates of prematurity.

Applications are invited in the fields of:

  • preterm birth and factors leading to preterm birth 
  • pre-eclampsia
  • IUGR
  • the pathophysiological pathways that trigger the premature onset of labour
  • the maternal environment to ensure healthy babies
  • the maternal microbiome and the maternal immune system in pregnancy
  • the development of the baby during pregnancy
  • monitoring fetal health during pregnancy 
  • monitoring the health of the baby during delivery
  • preparation for pregnancy to improve outcomes for the baby including nutrition.

This joint award is focused on the pregnancy period and the factors and conditions in pregnancy that may lead to preterm birth.


These include assisted conception, maternal health not having an impact on babies and children, and neonatal and perinatal interventions to address the consequences of prematurity.

Outline applications will be graded on both potential clinical impact and scientific quality. A combination of clinical and science applicants is particularly welcome including novel scientific collaborations that could bring new insight into the problems of preterm birth. Focused high quality research that can be translated into clinical solutions in the short to medium term is encouraged.

Applications may be made for:

Project grants of up to three years full time funding and up to £200,000 per award, including applications for pump-priming awards (of up to £75,000 with a likely timescale of one year to 18 months to cover running costs and technical support to help researchers develop original and innovative ideas).

Applications may include pilot studies that will generate data enabling larger scale applications to funding bodies or practical application.

Applications for co-funded projects will need to meet the remit and guidelines on the Action Medical Research website. Up to £500,000 of joint funding in total is available to spend on Action and Borne co-funded projects in 2019.

Applications that are not eligible for co-funding but meet the remit of Action Medical Research alone will also be considered.

Review process

Applications should be made to Action Medical Research via an Outline Proposal accessed from the button below. Successful applicants from the outline stage will then be invited to complete a full application for full external peer review in open competition with other applications in the grant round.

Questions regarding the round should be directed to Action through our email address

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