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Technologies for Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42)

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Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.307
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 1, 2018
Application: Oct 1, 2018

For scientific or research questions:
Vincent A. Thomas, Jr., MSW, MPA

Xinzhi Zhang, MD, PhD, FACE, FRSM

For financial and grants management questions:
Priscilla Grant, JD

Peer review contact:
Thomas M. Vollberg, Sr., PhD


Technologies for Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42 Clinical Trial Optional) grants provide funding to develop partnerships between innovative small business concerns (SBCs) and nonprofit research institutions resulting in improving minority health and the reduction of health disparities by commercializing innovative technologies. Rural populations are included in the listed health disparities priority populations.

Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that have been redesigned based on the needs of one or more disparity populations.

To be effective, a technology must provide an improvement over current quality of care for a health disparity population by overcoming one or more of the barriers. These include:

  • Physical Barriers: factors such as proximity to healthcare facilities and transportation that may limit access to healthcare
  • Knowledge Barriers: health literacy and language barriers that can inhibit healthcare delivery, as well as a lack of patient information for the healthcare provider
  • Infrastructure Barriers: rural hospitals and community health centers may not have the same resources and expertise of large hospitals, and may not be able to afford advanced medical technologies
  • Economic Barriers: lack of insurance coverage or financial resources may also contribute to disparities in healthcare access
  • Cultural Barriers: religious beliefs and social customs often deter certain populations from seeking healthcare

Small business concerns (SBCs) in the United States are eligible to apply.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Estimated number of awards: 3-4
Estimated total program funding: $1,000,000
Project period: Up to 2 years

Specific award information is provided in the application instructions.

Application process

Applicants are strongly encouraged, but not required, to submit a letter of intent to Thomas M. Vollberg by September 1, 2018.

Links to the full announcement and online application process are are available through

Tagged as
Access · Culture and cultural competency · Health disparities · Health literacy · Infrastructure · Limited English proficient · Minorities · Population health · Racial and ethnic groups · Technology for health and human services

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