Durham, NC – Male Contraceptive Initiative (MCI), a private non-profit foundation, announced the release of a Request For Applications for research into innovative approaches towards male contraception. The organization’s mission is to advance the research and development of non-hormonal and reversible male methods of contraception.
Applicants are invited to submit for two levels of funding, ranging from $150,000 to $300,000 depending on project scope and progress. Application instructions for the funding opportunities are available on the organization’s website: malecontraceptive.org/male-contraception-funding/. Letters of Intent are due by May 31st, 2019.
“We have always been committed to supporting the great work of researchers, organizations, and academic institutions seeking to make novel methods of non-hormonal, reversible male contraception a reality,” said MCI Executive Director Heather Vahdat. “Achieving some degree of parity with respect to the contraceptive method mix is game-changing for men and their partners,” Ms. Vahdat added.
“As evidenced in our consumer research report, there is significant demand for new methods of male contraception,” said MCI Director of Programs and Operations, Dr. Logan Nickels. “Being at the forefront of funding and advocacy efforts to respond to this demand is both exciting and rewarding for us as an organization, and we look forward to seeing the progress that this year’s funding efforts helps catalyze.”
MCI has committed nearly $2 million in funding since 2017.
About Male Contraceptive Initiative: Male Contraceptive Initiative works to bring new male contraceptives to market. We accomplish this through direct funding, technical support, research, and advocacy. We believe that couples deserve options and that we offer the biggest potential impact by focusing on male contraceptives. It’s time men are given more opportunities to contribute toward family planning.