This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites grant applications that address priority gaps in understanding the role of nutrition in the care and development of preterm infants.
Preterm birth is a significant public health challenge in the United States (U.S.) and globally. Currently there are no universally accepted standards for nutritional care of preterm infants that cover the full developmental range of these infants, from those born at the limits of viability to those born “near term.” Significant gaps exist in our understanding of: (1) nutrient needs of infants across this developmental period; (2) factors to be considered in the transitioning of infants from parenteral to enteral feeding; (3) specific needs of infants currently cared for in Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICUs); and (4) other standards (e.g., growth standards, intrauterine accretion rates for essential and non-essential nutrients and other required bioactive substances, biomarkers for assessing nutritional status, etc.) to support the establishment of standards of nutritional care for preterm infants.
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