POD Healthy Start Pilot Grant

The Perinatal Origins of Disease (POD) Strategic Research Initiative and the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute offers investigators at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago (Lurie Children’s)/Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute (Manne Research Institute), Northwestern University (NU), Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) and the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (SRA) the resources to pilot new research that will bridge fetal, maternal, paternal, and pediatric medicine.

POD will fund three (3) studies up to $50,000 each. The purpose of these awards is to catalyze and innovate new research in perinatal health.

If you are interested in applying, submit a letter of intent to pod@luriechildrens.org by 03/04/20.

A template Letter of Intent can be found here.

The full schedule for the application cycle is:

  • Feb 3, 2020… Announcement to Submit Letter of Intent
  • Mar 4, 2020… Final Letter of Intent due to POD@luriechildrens.org
  • Mar 15, 2020… Invitation to submit application
  • May 15, 2020… Final Applications Due
  • June 15, 2020… Award Notification
  • Apply for IRB or IACUC approval before award start date (if applicable)
  • Sept 1, 2020… Award Start Date

What is Perinatal Origins of Disease (POD)?

POD is a collaborative of basic and clinician scientists working to bridge fetal, pediatric, maternal and paternal medicine through collaborative research to uncover the very beginnings of health. Our research engages specialties across Lurie Children’s, NMH, and NU to provide expertise and multiple sub-specialties.

Priority and Areas of Interest

POD focuses on understanding the mechanisms and connecting health outcomes of parents and baby along the full timeline of pre-conception through adulthood of the child. Priority will be given to researchers without current extramural funding for the project of interest. Areas of interest include: Investigation of parental health pre-conception related to the life-long health of the child, connecting biospecimen, especially placenta and cord blood, to mechanisms and health outcomes of a child, and maternal or paternal genetic and environmental exposures.

Click here to download the full request for proposals and submission guidelines.

* The POD Placenta and Cord blood bank is an opportunity for researchers to utilize this infrastructure to connect the pathophysiology of these biospecimen to their research.


Budget Template (Full Application)