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Research Centers in Minority Institutions (U54)

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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): Mar 14, 2020
Application: Apr 14, 2020

For scientific or research questions:
Derrick C. Tabor, PhD

For grants management or budget questions:
Priscilla Grant, JD

Peer review contact:
Maryline Laude-Sharp, PhD


Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)(U54) provides grants to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science and have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students, and for institutions that deliver healthcare services, providing clinical services to medically underserved communities.

The primary goals of the program are to:

  1. Enhance institutional research capacity within the areas of basic biomedical, behavioral, and/or clinical research
  2. Enable all levels of investigators to become more successful in obtaining competitive extramural support, especially from NIH, particularly on diseases that disproportionately impact minority and other health disparity populations
  3. Foster environments conducive to career enhancement with a special emphasis on development of new and early career investigators
  4. Enhance the tools for, conduct of, and dissemination of research generally and specifically for advancing minority health and preventing and eliminating health disparities
  5. Establish sustainable relationships with community-based organizations that will partner with RCMI institutions

Grantees must enhance institutional research capacity and support the research needs of its investigators. Required and optional core activities are described in the application instructions.


Eligible applicants are public, state controlled, and private institutions of higher education that:

  1. Have received an average of less than $50,000,000 per year of NIH support for the past 3 fiscal years
  2. Awards doctorate degrees in the health professions or the sciences related to health
  3. Have a historical and current mission to educate students from any of the populations that have been identified as underrepresented in biomedical research as defined by the National Science Foundation

The following types of institutions are encouraged to apply:

  • Hispanic-serving institutions
  • Historically black colleges and universities
  • Tribally controlled colleges and universities
  • Alaska native and native Hawaiian serving institutions
  • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander serving institutions
Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Award ceiling: $3,000,000 per year
Project period: 5 years
Expected number of awards: 3
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Application process

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

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Health disparities · Hispanic or Latino · Minorities · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · Research methods and resources

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