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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): Nov 15, 2017
Application: Dec 15, 2017

For scientific or research questions:
Dr. Nathan Stinson, Jr.

For grants management or budget questions:
Priscilla Grant, JD

Peer review contact:
Dr. Thomas Vollberg, Sr.


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 quality of all scientific inquiry and promote research on minority health and 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
  4. Have a documented track record of recruiting, training, educating, and graduating underrepresented students as defined by NSF and, for institutions that deliver healthcare services, providing clinical services to medically underserved communities

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: 3-5
Estimated total program funding: $10,000,000

Application process

The full announcement is available through Descriptions of submission options are provided on the NIH website.

While not required, it is suggested that a letter of intent be submitted by email to Dr. Thomas Vollberg, Sr. at least 30 days before the application deadline.

Tagged as
African Americans · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Asian and Pacific Islanders · Health disparities · Hispanics and Latinos · Minorities · Research methods and resources

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