EGRP News Flash - May 15, 2009

New ARRA Funding Opportunities for Minority Health and Health Disparities Research

This week, NIH's National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) announced three new funding opportunities made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or "Recovery Act"). Three Requests for Applications (RFA) have been issued for:

  • Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase
  • Exploratory Centers of Excellence
  • NCMHD Dissertation Research Award to Increase Diversity

Summary information follows:

Community Participation in Health Disparities Intervention Research Planning Phase

This funding opportunity is to support community-based participatory research in planning, implementing, evaluating, and disseminating effective interventions for a disease or condition to reduce and eventually eliminate health disparities through partnerships between racial/ethnic minority populations, subpopulations, and other heath disparity populations and research investigators. The NIH research-related research projects (R24) grant mechanism will be used. It is anticipated that up to $7 million will be awarded to support up to five grants. Letters of intent are due on May 29, 2009, and the application due date is June 30, 2009.

Exploratory Centers of Excellence

Applications are invited to establish Exploratory NCMHD Centers of Excellence (COE). These COE awards provide funding for hiring staff, researchers, community members, and trainees with the goal of augmenting and expanding the capacity and infrastructure of the institution and community to engage in research improving the health of the Nation and for preparing the next generation of researchers. Activities should be proposed that will benefit from significant 2-year funds without the expectation of continued NIH funding beyond the two years. Activities supported by these grants should have high short-term impact, and a high likelihood of enabling growth and investment in biomedical research and development, public health, and health care delivery. The NIH Exploratory Center (P20) grant mechanism will be used. About $6 million in support is anticipated to be awarded for up to five grants. Letters of intent are due on June 1, 2009, and the application due date is June 30, 2009.

NCMHD Dissertation Research Award to Increase Diversity

The NCMHD Dissertation Research grant will provide full-time salary support and modest research funds for up to two years for eligible students to facilitate completion of their doctoral research project and dissertation in a research area relevant to the NCMHD mission and research priorities. These awards are available to all qualified pre-doctoral students in accredited research doctoral programs in the United States (including Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories or possessions). Eligible students must have the goal of becoming successful investigators in areas of biomedical or behavioral science relevant to the mission of NCMHD. This RFA is intended to stimulate the participation of individuals from the following groups: individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups; individuals with disabilities; and individuals from socially, culturally, economically, or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds that have inhibited their ability to pursue a career in health-related research. The NIH Dissertation Research (R36) grant mechanism will be used. NCMHD intends to commit $500,000 for 3-5 awards. Letters of intent are due on May 29, 2009, and applications are due June 30, 2009.

Access the NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts:

The RFAs also will be accessible from NIH's ARRA Web siteExternal Web Site Policy and NCI's ARRA Web siteExternal Web Site Policy.

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