ACOG offers a research award in women’s health care policy and posts information on available awards outside our organization.

Warren H. Pearse Women’s Health Policy Research Award

Purpose: To explore an aspect of women's health care policy.

Description: This research award will provide $10,000 to support research which explores an aspect of health care policy that assists, defines, or restricts the ability of a physician to deliver health care to women in the general population, or in a specific area.

Background: Warren H. Pearse, MD, was the Executive Director of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists from 1975 until his retirement in 1993. His professional life’s work was dedicated to the advancement of women’s health care. Dr. Pearse authored over 50 scientific papers and was an honorary member and leader of numerous obstetric and gynecologic societies. Upon his retirement, ACOG’s headquarters building was renamed the Warren H. Pearse Building in his honor and the Warren H. Pearse Women’s Health Policy Research Award was established.

Applications for the 2020-2021 cycle are due December 11, 2019 by 11:59 pm.

To apply:

Each application must include the following:

  • Application cover sheet
  • Research Proposal (max. 8 pages).  No specific format required.
  • One-page budget
  • CV/Resume
  • Letter of support from the applicant’s program director, departmental chair, or laboratory director
  • Email submissions as PDFs to Jordan Jackson at

2019-2020 Winner: 
Levels of Maternal Care: A Comprehensive Catalogue of Regional Policies and Practices for Risk-Appropriate Maternal Care in the U.S.

Ahizechukwu Eke, MD, MPH, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Please note

  • All applicants must be Junior Fellows or Fellows of the College at the time of application.  

  • Grants are made for one calendar year – from July 1 through June 30. A 6-month progress report will be due in January. No more than one (1) no-cost extension may be granted. 

  • Grants are not intended to supplement physician stipends; all funds are to be directed to research costs. No amount of funding may be used for travel costs, food costs, computers, or overhead. Principal Investigators cannot receive any of the funding as a salary. 

  • A final written report, as well as final expenditure reconciliation is required by September 1 after the grant concludes. 

  • Any paper developed as a result of this award shall first be submitted to Obstetrics & Gynecology for consideration for publication. In addition, recognition shall be given to the award’s support of this research.

Access the complete list of past winners.

ACOG Contact: Jordan Jackson at


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