Notice Number: NOT-OD-20-063
Release Date: January 31, 2020
Response Date: February 21, 2020
National Institutes of Health (NIH)
This Notice is a time-sensitive Request for Information (RFI) inviting comments and suggestions on a proposal for a trans-NIH research initiative to reduce maternal mortality.
NOTE: It is important to read this entire RFI notice to ensure an adequate response is prepared and to have a full understanding of how your response will be utilized.
The alarming rise of maternal mortality (MM) in the United States is a serious public health concern that has garnered wide-spread attention from U.S. government leadership (e.g., HHS, Congress), the NIH, and the public. The etiology of MM, particularly among women in disproportionately affected populations, is multifactorial. Addressing this compelling and urgent health risk will require a multipronged, trans-NIH effort to develop a bold, aggressive research approach to reverse the upward national trend in MM.
In strategic alignment with efforts undertaken across HHS and NIH’s already significant investments in MM research, NIH is considering the proposed two-pronged research initiative below in pursuit of cutting-edge, innovative, and collaborative approaches to reduce MM:
Both efforts would focus on addressing health disparities in maternal mortality, particularly in African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and rural populations, and improving data collection, standardization, and availability (e.g., common data elements).
Information Requested/Request for Comments
This RFI seeks input from stakeholders throughout the scientific research, advocacy, and clinical practice communities, as well as the general public, regarding the above proposed research plan.
The NIH seeks comments on any or all of, but not limited to, the following topics:
NIH encourages organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional organizations) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole when possible.
How to Submit a Response
All comments must be submitted electronically on the submission website .
Responses must be received by 11:59:59 pm (ET) on February 21, 2020. You will see an electronic confirmation acknowledging receipt of your response.
Responses to this RFI are voluntary and may be submitted anonymously. Please do not include any personally identifiable or other information that you do not wish to make public. Proprietary, classified, confidential, or sensitive information should not be included in responses. The Government will use the information submitted in response to this RFI at its discretion. The Government reserves the right to use any submitted information on public websites, in reports, in summaries of the state of the science, in any possible resultant solicitation(s), grant(s), or cooperative agreement(s), or in the development of future funding opportunity announcements. This RFI is for informational and planning purposes only and is not a solicitation for applications or an obligation on the part of the Government to provide support for any ideas identified in response to it. Please note that the Government will not pay for the preparation of any information submitted or for use of that information.We look forward to your input and hope that you will share this RFI document with your colleagues.
Please direct all inquiries to: IMPROVEinitiative@od.nih.gov