What we do

What we do

Borne believes scientific research is the key to bring about lasting change.

About our research

Funding for research into complications during pregnancy and childbirth lags far behind other medical conditions. We are working to change that. ​We want to make sure that the best ideas, backed up by the strongest science, have the greatest chance to succeed. We do this by:

We pump-prime promising new research ideas, giving scientists the impetus they need to develop their analysis and advance their breakthrough projects.


We are encouraging more promising scientists and clinicians to develop their research careers in our area of need.


We bring scientists and medical teams together across institutions and countries to encourage knowledge sharing and accelerate discovery.

Borne's research focus

Our research strategy

The research that Borne funds is focused on the pregnancy period and the factors and conditions in pregnancy that may lead to preterm birth. 

What we fund

Borne offers funding to take the most promising ideas in the field forward, encourage collaboration and career development.

Thinking BIG – Borne’s Uterine Mapping Project (BUMP)

Our big initiative, Borne’s Uterine Mapping Project or BUMP, seeks to foster collaboration between clinicians and scientific disciplines across institutions, with the ultimate aim of finding the answers to the origins of labour.

While we are funding some very promising projects that look deeply into different aspects of prematurity, it is important that we see the bigger picture.

We consulted broadly with clinical and scientific experts around the world on what is holding back the advancement of preterm birth research. By identifying and targeting gaps in our knowledge and barriers to progress, we aim to direct our efforts to supporting big, collaborative, cross-disciplinary initiatives that can accelerate progress.

In early 2020, Borne convened a series of meetings with a group of preterm birth experts from around the world to advise how Borne might most meaningfully facilitate a collaboration that can enable a quantum leap in progress. 

This scientific collaborative identified the need for a unique bio resource that enabled the generation of data at the single cell level to facilitate the systematic study of the biological interactions across different cells and tissues to advance our understanding of normal and dysfunctional labour and to identify new interventions to delay or prevent preterm labour.

How you can apply for funding from Borne

The research we fund