Office of Research

Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health

This announcement solicits applications for the Healthy Start Initiative: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health program.  The Healthy Start (HS) program aims to reduce disparities in infant mortality and adverse perinatal outcomes by: 1) improving women¿s health, 2) promoting quality services, 3) strengthening family resilience, 4) achieving collective impact, and 5) increasing accountability through quality improvement, performance monitoring, and evaluation.  HS grants are provided to communities with rates of infant mortality at least 1½ times the U.S. national average and high rates for other adverse perinatal outcomes (e.g., low birthweight, preterm birth, maternal morbidity and mortality) in order to address the needs of high-risk women and their families before, during, and after pregnancy.  HS works to reduce ¿the disparity in health status between the general population and individuals who are members of racial or ethnic minority groups.¿  42 U.S.C. § 254 c-8(e)(2)(B).  HS services begin in the prenatal period and follow the woman and child through two years after the end of the pregnancy.

Application Instructions

Please submit a two-page letter of intent – noting which program number for which you wish to apply - with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach, Biosketch of the PI, and a letter of support from the Dean or Chair to by 5:00 PM Monday, December 23, 2013. This letter of support signifies that the Dean or Chair have ensured that the nominee and application are likely to be of sufficient quality to be competitive nationally. A letter of intent is due to the sponsor 12/27/13. Full proposals are due to the sponsor on 1/7/14, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 12/31/13 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program Announcement No.

HRSA-14-020 / HRSA-14-112 / HRSA-14-113

12/23/2013 UW Internal Deadline Closed
12/31/2013 OSP Deadline
01/07/2014 Sponsor Deadline

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at