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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and IHEs in Eligible Regions for Research to Improve the Lives of Children with Disabilities

ELIGIBILITY:

Geographic Focus

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston

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Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund

Health Resources in Action (HRiA) - Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund


Agency: Foundation

GrantWatch ID #192749

Grant Description

Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and academic institutions in eligible locations for research that will improve the lives of children with disabilities. Funding is intended to support research studies conducted by applicants that serve children with physical or developmental disabilities and associated health-related complications. Eligible organizations and target populations must be within the Fund’s geographic area of interest of Greater Boston.

Recognizing that children’s health services and supports are provided in a wide range of community settings as well as hospitals, the Noonan Research program supports innovative clinical and service system research and demonstration projects from both nonprofit organizations and academic institutions that serve children and adolescents with chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional disabilities and associated health-related complications.

Target Population

  • The target population includes children and adolescents (birth - 23 years old) with a chronic physical, developmental, behavioral, or emotional diagnosis who require a combination of special and or interdisciplinary services, individualized supports, therapies, or other forms of services or supports that are of lifelong or extended duration.
  • The majority of research participants must reside within the Fund’s geographic area of interest.
  • Statewide health services research projects for which the majority of participants are within this area will also be considered eligible.
  • Consistent with current NIH policies, funded clinical research must include a study population inclusive of women and minority groups as well as a rationale that speaks to composition of the study population. Any exclusions within the study population need to be described and scientifically justified. 

The Fund’s target population includes infants, children and adolescents with chronic health conditions or impairments, either continuous or episodic, which result in substantial functional limitations in three or more of the areas of major life activity (listed below): 

  • Self-care
  • Receptive and expressive language
  • Learning
  • Mobility
  • Self-direction
  • Capacity for independent living
  • Capacity for economic self-sufficiency

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Eligibility:

  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Noonan Research program welcomes research proposals from both nonprofit organizations and academic institutions in Greater Boston.

Neither a faculty position nor an advanced degree is required. Investigators may be advanced practice providers, registered nurses, educators, allied therapists, social workers, and/or other community members that work with children and adolescents with disabilities.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:
- The Noonan Program supports project personnel across a variety of settings; this includes members in community settings that work with or have programs that serve children and adolescents with disabilities (YMCA, therapeutic or educational settings, disability advocacy organizations, etc.) seeking to conduct research projects, investigators in other research areas who wish to apply their expertise to childhood disability research, and individuals that are early in their career.
- Applicants must hold a position at a nonprofit institution or organization within the Fund’s geographic area of interest.
- "Nothing about us without us” - The project team must speak to the inclusion of people with disabilities, racial and ethnic minorities, and other marginalized identities on the research team.
- The Institutional Contact responsible for the oversight of the project is required to sign off on the application form and will be required to have an additional online account to complete the submission.
- No advanced degree is required. Project personnel may be providers, community members, educators, allied therapists, social workers, and or nurses that work with children and adolescents with disabilities.
- U.S. citizenship is not required.

For information about project key personnel and collaborations, see:
https://hria.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2023-Noonan-Initial-Proposal-Guidelines.pdf#page=4

Proposals for basic science research will not be considered, nor will applications for capital costs such as buildings, renovations, or major equipment items. The Noonan Fund does not support direct service, primary prevention projects, or primary medical conditions such as obesity or device development. Drug trials are not supported by the Noonan Research Fund.

Additional Geographic Information:

For a list of eligible cities and towns, see:
https://hria.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/2023-Noonan-Initial-Proposal-Guidelines.pdf#page=8

Pre-proposal Conference:

Office Hours Session: November 8, 2022 from 2 PM – 3 PM ET

Sign up here: https://hria.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMkdeyupj4pG9U8BbrQ-X74iBak92bg36ox#/registration

Pre-Application Information:

Thursday, December 1, 2022 at 12 PM ET
Full Proposal Submission by Invitation Only

Notification of funding status will be made by email in July 2023.

There are no institutional limitations on the number of applications.

Additional Funding Information:

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $160,000 (including 20% of indirect costs)

Term of Contract:

Two-year grants: September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2025

Contact Information:

Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_738?SA=SNA&FID=35345

Program Staff:
NoonanAwards@hria.org

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