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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Underserved and Vulnerable Populations

National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
Sep 8, 2024

A list of contacts by research area is provided on the program website.


This opportunity is a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for research in understanding the response to the COVID-19 pandemic to help prepare more effectively for future public health emergencies.

A detailed list of research objectives is available in the purpose section of the program website.

Underserved and vulnerable populations include:

  • Racial and ethnic minorities
  • Socioeconomically disadvantaged populations
  • Underserved rural populations
  • Sexual and gender minorities
  • Communities with low adoption of public health mitigation measures
  • People living on tribal lands and reservations
  • Congregate housing and community-dwelling older adults
  • Homeless
  • Incarcerated or involved with the criminal justice system
  • Detainees in immigration centers
  • People who are part of migrant communities
  • Medical personnel and medical support staff with direct patient care
  • Informal caregivers
  • Frontline workers in essential businesses or services
  • Pregnant women
  • Children
  • Uninsured individuals
  • Persons with cognitive impairment or dementia
  • People experiencing substance use disorder or severe mental illness
  • People with visual, hearing, communication, or mobility impairment

Eligible applicants include:

  • Higher education institutions
    • Public/state controlled institutions
    • Private institutions
  • Nonprofit organizations
    • With 501(c)(3) status
    • Without 501(c)(3) status
    • Native American tribal organizations
    • Faith-based or community-based organizations
    • Regional organizations
  • Governments
    • State
    • County
    • City or township
    • Special districts
    • Federally recognized Indian/Native American tribal governments
    • Indian/Native American tribal governments (other than federally recognized)
    • Eligible agencies of the federal government
    • U.S. territory or possession
  • Other
    • Independent school districts
    • Public housing authorities
    • Indian housing authorities
    • Small businesses
    • For-profit organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Amount of funding

Funding amounts vary based on the parent funding announcement.

Application process

This is a NOSI that is attached to related NIH announcements:

Applicants should submit proposals to the related announcement and indicate that it is a response to the NOSI. The NOSI applies to due dates on or after October 5, 2021 and subsequent receipt dates through September 8, 2024.

Tagged as
Behavioral health · COVID-19 · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Elderly population · Emergency preparedness and response · Health disparities · Immigrants · Informal caregivers · LGBTQI+ · Limited English proficient · Migrants · People with disabilities · Poverty · Public health · Racial and ethnic groups · Research methods and resources · Uninsured and underinsured · Vaccination · Women

Organizations (3)

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