The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a request for information (RFI), NOT-OD-20-063, to solicit input on a proposed research initiative to decrease maternal mortality (MM). In strategic alignment with efforts undertaken across the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and NIH’s already significant investments in MM research, NIH is considering the proposed two-pronged research initiative in pursuit of cutting-edge, innovative, and collaborative approaches to reducing MM. Both efforts would focus on addressing health disparities in MM—particularly in African American, American Indian/Alaska Native, and rural populations—and improving data collection, standardization, and availability (e.g., common data elements).

Responses will be accepted through February 21, 2020. All responses must be submitted electronically here. All inquiries must be submitted via email to

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