While population explosion is a huge social and economic problem for many under developed countries around the world, some 6.1 million people of which 10% are of reproductive age in the United States, are infertile. For the affected women, new and advanced reproductive technologies are helping them become pregnant. One of these technologies is in vitro fertilization (IVF). In this assisted reproduction method, a sperm from a man and an egg from a woman are combined manually in a laboratory dish and allowed to undergo fertilization. The embryo that is formed as a result is then transferred to the uterus of the woman where it is implanted and allowed to develop naturally. This procedure has been perfected over the years and those who are infertile and wish to become pregnant can simply go through it without any further complications. Couples can avail of government grants for IVF if they so wish and start their own families.
Public Awareness Campaigns on Embryo Adoption – this program recognizes the success of assisted reproductive technologies or ART such as in vitro fertilization and some of its specific consequences. One such consequence is the over production of embryos as couples attempt to increase their chances of becoming pregnant. If a couple succeeds in becoming pregnant and don’t have to use the other stored embryos, this program comes in to encourage such couples to release the remaining embryos, donate them, and allow their adoption by other infertile couples. This program is limited to eligible organizations and agencies and not for individuals or couples. As an infertile couple, you can apply for inclusion in this program through the agency or organization identified as a recipient or beneficiary of this program. The range of grant amount is from $350,000 to $500,000. You can get more information from the program’s headquarters located at:
Tower Building Suite 550
1101 Wootton Parkway
Rockville, Maryland 20852
Telephone: (240) 453-8822.
Adverse Outcomes of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) – While this program is not directly part of government grants for in vitro fertilization that will benefit infertile couples, its objectives refer to the results of ART and how it affects the outcome of fetal development, birth and up to adulthood, and even the succeeding generations. In vitro fertilization has been proven as a safe alternative method to natural human reproduction but there are some negative reports and concerns as well. This program is aimed at encouraging research along this line, to understand ART results and how it basically affects the quality of life. Applicants can request for funds amounting to $500,000 or more. You can get more information about this program here:
The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
6100 Executive Blvd., 8A01A MSC 7510
Bethesda, MD 20892-7510
Telephone: (301) 301-435-6975
Fax: (301) 402-0915