Life Course Research Network (LCRN)

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The Maternal and Child Health Bureau will award a cooperative agreement to support a Life Course Research Network (LCRN). The LCRN will focus on improving the understanding of the socio-environmental determinants of health experienced at different life course stages for the maternal and child health (MCH) population. It will engage researchers, practitioners, policymakers, and consumers in a collaborative, innovative, and multidisciplinary research project.

The LCRN is designed to accelerate the translation of the life course theory to MCH practice and policy. The objective is to foster its rapid adoption into clinical and public health practice through systems integration and collaboration with entities that have a common goal of improving MCH outcomes (e.g., Title V programs, state and local health departments, community safety net programs, and other public health programs serving underserved communities).

The life course theory posits that multiple determinants such as healthcare, nutrition, stress and supports, and environmental exposures operating over the life course, are the real drivers of MCH outcomes. The improvement of these outcomes requires rethinking of current practice, policy, and investment strategies, including workforce development. For example, what does the life course perspective tell us about how we should invest in MCH? The LCRN will develop a translational research agenda and, similar to other research networks that MCHB supports, carry out the research agenda through other funding sources.

This is a limited submission opportunity; the University may submit only one (1) grant application.

Faculty at the River Campus interested in submitting a proposal must submit an abstract, CV, and budget to the Deans via Debra Haring ( or Cindy Gary (

Interested faculty at the Medical Center must submit an abstract, CV, and budget to Dean Puzas via Catherine Muzytchuk (, using the phrase “Life Course” in the subject line.

The deadline for submissions to the Deans is February 22, 2013.  The Deans will forward their ranked submissions to Associate Provost Jason Adsit by March 1, 2013. The Interim Vice President for Research will decide which submission will move forward by March 7, 2013.


The complete program solicitation can be found here.


The deadline for the full proposal is March 11, 2013. It is important to remember that ORPA must receive electronic proposals five (5) business days prior to the sponsor’s deadline, along with a completed and signed University sign-off form.


NIH Funding Acknowledgement ** Important ** All publications resulting from the utilization of CTSI resources are required to credit the CTSI grant by including the NIH FUNDING ACKNOWLEDGEMENT and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.