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Minority Research Grant Program

This funding record is inactive. Please see the program website or contact the program sponsor to determine if this program is currently accepting applications or will open again in the future.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance Number: 93.779
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 1, 2024
Application: Jun 3, 2024

For programmatic or technical questions:
Brian Young

For grants management or budget questions:
Sharron Jernigan


The Minority Research Grant Program provides grants to encourage innovative health services research that can directly contribute to the improvement of health outcomes for people from all minority populations, which includes racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, people with limited English proficiency, rural populations, and individuals adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

Research projects that focus on reducing health disparities at the health care system-level are encouraged. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Cognitive testing and cross-cultural validation of translated standardized demographic and/or social determinants of health questions in kidney dialysis facilities, hospice, or hospitals
  • Strategies to address preparedness for, response to, and recovery from public health emergencies, such as COVID-19, and their disproportionate impact on minority groups
  • Public health interventions designed to meet the needs of people with disabilities and/or people with limited English proficiency (such as telehealth, exercise, life skills, health coaches, nutrition, and preventive healthcare)
  • Developing, adapting, and testing culturally and linguistically tailored programs covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and Marketplace for racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, people with disabilities, and/or individuals residing in rural areas
  • Research bias in healthcare algorithms that are relevant to Medicare, Medicaid, and/or Marketplace programs and test best practices to address bias in algorithms
  • Research of the impact of COVID-19 disparities on racial and ethnic minority women, infants, and/or children enrolled in Medicaid and CHIP
  • Drivers of behavioral, social, environmental, or community/population-based studies that create health instability among minority populations
  • Research strategies and promising practices to address the compounded inequities of urban and/or rural residents and the intersection of racial and ethnic minorities, disability, language preference, sexual and gender minorities

Eligibility is limited to private, public, and state-controlled institutions of higher education that are Minority Serving Institution (MSIs), including:

  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)
  • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHs)
  • Native American-Serving Non-Tribal Institutions (NASNTIs)
  • Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs)
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $255,000
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 5
Estimated total program funding: $1,275,000

CMS requires that applicants provide cost-sharing equal to at least 1% of the award amount, which may be satisfied through in-kind contributions.

Application process

Links to the full announcement and online application process are available through The application instructions will be found on the related documents tab.

While not required, potential applicants are encouraged to email a letter of intent to by May 1, 2024.

Tagged as
Access · American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Culture and cultural competency · Health disparities · Healthcare quality · Hispanic or Latino · LGBTQI+ · Limited English proficient · Medicaid · Medicare · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · People with disabilities · Poverty · Public health · Racial and ethnic groups · Research methods and resources · Social determinants of health · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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