Society of Family Planning Research Fund: Innovations in Medication Abortion Service Delivery

The COVID-19 pandemic has functioned as both an acute stressor on abortion services and as a critical catalyst for innovations in medication abortion service delivery. Changes in clinical protocols and workflows have been made out of necessity in response to patient needs, workforce safety, and population health. At the same time, such changes have presented unexpected opportunities to test more streamlined and patient-centered service delivery models.

The Innovations in Medication Abortion Service Delivery Program seeks to support research centered on innovations in medication abortion service delivery (e.g., at-home pre- and post-treatment consultation and screening; remote dispensing) for U.S. populations. Research related to the following questions will be prioritized:

  • Are pandemic-related practices at least as safe as pre-pandemic practices?
  • Are pandemic-related practices at least as efficacious as pre-pandemic practices?
  • Are pandemic-related practices at least as acceptable to patients as pre-pandemic practices?
  • What are best practices in patient-provider communication related to innovations in medication abortion service delivery?
  • How, if at all, do pandemic-related practices in medication abortion services shift the accessibility of medication abortion for specific U.S. populations and geographies?

Research capitalizing on opportunities to analyze data related to service delivery models currently or previously in use will be prioritized. The use of methodological approaches that will effectively translate to specifically named policy, legal, and regulatory audiences is strongly encouraged. Pilot projects, larger projects with the potential to be expedited with additional funding, and projects leveraging existing data are also encouraged. Proposed research must be positioned to generate empirical evidence with a clear, concrete, and strategic path to changes in clinical practice, public policy, or health service delivery.

Amount: Up to 10 awards will be made. Applicants may request up to $100,000 for studies to be completed within 12 months of award.

Eligibility: Nonprofit organizations may apply.

Deadline: February 25, 2021

Resource Information
Funder Society of Family Planning Research Fund
Eligibility Nonprofit Organization
Resource URL: https://societyfp.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/01/2021MedAbSD-RFP.pdf
Sector COVID-19 Emergency Response, Health
Grant Amount $0-$100,000
Deadline Closed