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NIMHD Centers of Excellence in Investigator Development and Community Engagement


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is accepting applications for its NIMHD Centers of Excellence in Investigator Development and Community Engagement to enhance research training and education of academic faculty (including post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other early-stage investigators) in the conduct of minority health and health disparities research.

Donor Name: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

State: All States

County: All Counties

Type of Grant: Grant

Deadline: 07/04/2023

Size of the Grant: $500,000

Grant Duration: 5 years


The NIMHD Centers of Excellence program, established by the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000, has played a vital role in support of NIMHD’s mission to support research in minority health and health disparities, promote the training of a diverse research workforce, disseminate research findings to communities, and foster innovative collaborations and partnerships. This funding opportunity announcement seeks to facilitate the research training and education of investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in biomedical research, particularly interested in diseases that disproportionately impact populations that experience health disparities.

Tackling the complex drivers of health disparities requires a diverse, well-trained scientific workforce and a transdisciplinary framework that cuts across scientific and organizational silos to integrate multiple disciplines– biology, behavioral and social sciences, epidemiology, data science, public health, health services, economics, clinical science, and public policy. It also requires strong collaborations between researchers, community organizations, health service providers, public health agencies, policymakers and other stakeholders to ensure that relevant, contextually appropriate research is conducted and, more importantly, that findings can be translated into sustainable community and system-level changes that promote health equity.

NIMHD’s Interest in Diversity

The NIMHD’s mission is to conduct and support research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to minority health and health disparities. This funding opportunity seeks to facilitate the education of participants from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in biomedical research to pursue clinical research, translational and/or patient-oriented research, particularly on diseases that disproportionately impact populations that experience health disparities.

NIH’s Interest in Diversity

Every facet of the United States scientific research enterprise—from basic laboratory research to clinical and translational research to policy formation–requires superior intellect, creativity and a wide range of skill sets and viewpoints. NIH’s ability to help ensure that the nation remains a global leader in scientific discovery and innovation is dependent upon a pool of highly talented scientists from diverse backgrounds who will help to further the NIH mission.

Research shows that diverse teams working together and capitalizing on innovative ideas and distinct perspectives outperform homogenous teams. Scientists and trainees from diverse backgrounds and life experiences bring different perspectives, creativity, and individual enterprise to address complex scientific problems. There are many benefits that flow from a diverse NIH-supported scientific workforce, including: fostering scientific innovation, enhancing global competitiveness, contributing to robust learning environments, improving the quality of the research, advancing the likelihood that underserved or health disparity populations participate in, and benefit from health research, and enhancing public trust.

Research Objectives

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) supports many aspects of minority health and health disparities research from biological, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences research, as well as research on health care services, health systems and workforce development. NIMHD focuses on the full continuum of causes of health disparities and the interventions to address these causes. Projects must include a focus on one or more of the following NIH-designated populations that experience health disparities in the United States: Black/African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders, socioeconomic disadvantaged individuals, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities (SGMs).

The Center of Excellence must include the following required components:

  • Overall
  • Administrative Core
  • Investigator Development Core
  • Community Engagement and Dissemination Core

Funding Information

  • NIMHD intends to commit $7,000,000 in FY 2024 to fund 10 awards.
  • Application budgets are limited to $500,000 direct costs annually, not including Consortium F&A costs.

Project Period

  • The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Eligibility Criteria

Higher Education Institutions

  • Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education
  • Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

  • Hispanic-serving Institutions
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Foreign Institutions

  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) Entities (Foreign Institutions) are not eligible to apply.
  • Non-domestic (non-U.S.) components of U.S. Organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • Foreign components, as defined in the NIH Grants Policy Statement, are allowed.

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