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Rural Health Disparities Funding & Opportunities

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NLM Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Funding for projects that use computers, information technology, and health sciences libraries to bring health-related information to consumers and their healthcare providers. The program focus is on innovation and outreach in which information access can reduce health disparities and support underserved communities that bear a disproportionate burden of disease.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 22, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct 22, 2018
Sponsors: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. National Library of Medicine
Culture of Health Prize
Awards to honor collaborative, community-based efforts that are prioritizing health and empowering people in the community to live healthier lives, especially historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Nov 1, 2018
Application Deadline: Jan 17, 2019
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Addressing Health Disparities in NIDDK Diseases (R01)
Grants for research projects to improve understanding of the causes and reduce/eliminate health disparities for diseases considered high priority by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), including diabetes, obesity, hepatitis C, and others.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Nov 5, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Environmental Exposures and Health: Exploration of Non-Traditional Settings (R01 and R21)
Grants for interdisciplinary research aimed at promoting health, preventing and limiting symptoms and disease, and reducing health disparities across the lifespan for those living, or spending time, in non-traditional settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 5, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Addressing Disparities Research Grants
Funding to research the comparative effectiveness of enhanced interventions that reduce or eliminate disparities in health and healthcare. Research that focuses on residents of rural areas is listed as a funding priority.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Nov 6, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2019
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Addressing the Challenges of the Opioid Epidemic in Minority Health and Health Disparities Research in the U.S. (R01 and R21)
Funding for research focused on determining the mechanisms for the variation in the prevalence of opioid use disorder, and understanding and reducing disparities in opioid care in minority health and health disparity populations in the U.S.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 14, 2018
Application Deadline: Nov 14, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIH Extramural Loan Repayment Program for Health Disparities Research
Loan repayment assistance for health professionals who commit to work in health disparities research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Healthy Start: Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health
Grants for high-risk communities with infant mortality rates at least 1.5 times the U.S. national average and high rates of other adverse perinatal outcomes with the goal of reduce disparities in health status between the general population and individuals who are members of disparity populations. Funding is set aside for rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 27, 2018
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Collaborative Minority Health and Health Disparities Research with Tribal Epidemiology Centers (R01)
Funding to support collaborative research between Tribal Epidemiology Centers and extramural investigators on topics related to minority health and health disparities in American Indian/Alaska Native populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 4, 2018
Sponsors: National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Tribal Health Research Office, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
HIV/AIDS High Priority Drug Abuse Research (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Funding for NIH high priority research relevant to drug misuse and HIV/AIDS. Research priorities revolve around the National Institute on Drug Abuse's Seek, Test, Treat, and Retain framework, and include reducing health disparities in the incidence of new HIV infections or in treatment outcomes of those living with HIV/AIDS. Populations of interest include urban, suburban, and rural drug users; populations at elevated risk for HIV, such as men who have sex with men; and people in rural areas who use opioids and injection drugs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Jan 7, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R01 and R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Awards funding for research projects that target the reduction of health disparities among children, including rural, low-income, geographically isolated children.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 7, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Mechanisms of Disparities in Etiology and Outcomes of Lung Cancer in the U.S.: The Role of Risk and Protective Factors (R01 and R21)
Grants to support exploratory, developmental, and multidisciplinary research to understand the underlying causal factors and mechanisms that result in lung cancer disparities in U.S. health disparity populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Feb 4, 2019
Application Deadline: Mar 4, 2019
Sponsors: National Cancer Institute, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Grants to encourage innovative exploratory and developmental health services research to improve minority health and/or reduce health disparities at the healthcare system-level, as well as within clinical settings.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 11, 2019
Sponsors: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Surgical Disparities Research (R01 and R21 Clinical Trial Optional)
Grants to support investigative and collaborative research focused on understanding and addressing disparities in surgical care and outcomes in minority and health disparity populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 7, 2019
Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2019
Sponsors: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, National Institute of Nursing Research, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, Office of Research on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals
Grants for innovative projects that are working to build a culture of health - ensuring that everyone has access to the care they need and all families have the opportunity to make healthier choices.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Roots of Health Inequity Online Course
An online course and learning collaborative designed for the local public health workforce to explore the social determinants of health and the root causes of inequity in the distribution of disease, illness, and death.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsors: National Association of County and City Health Officials, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
W.K. Kellogg Foundation Grants
Supports programs that work in the areas of education, healthy children, secure families, racial equity, and civic engagement.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis
Sponsor: W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas: Technology, Infrastructure, and Health Inactive
Grants for innovative projects that explore the relationship between technology, infrastructure, and health and examine how technology’s impact on infrastructure in the next 5-10 years could influence efforts to improve health equity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Oct 17, 2018
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health Inactive
Grants for research on the implementation and impact of mechanisms to align the multiple delivery and financing systems supporting a Culture of Health with a focus on health equity.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 12, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct 10, 2018
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44) Inactive
Funding for small business concerns to develop a product, process, or service for commercialization that would result in the reduction of disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 1, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Technologies for Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42) Inactive
Funding to develop partnerships between innovative small business concerns 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.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Sep 1, 2018
Application Deadline: Oct 1, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NOSORH Awards Inactive
Awards given by the National Organization of State Office of Rural Health (NOSORH). NOSORH membership is required for some of the awards.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 31, 2018
Sponsor: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning and Implementation Grants Inactive
Funding to support pediatricians and fellowship trainees in the initial planning and/or pilot stage of implementing innovative community-based projects to increase children's access to medical homes, immunization services, and specific health services not otherwise available.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Application Deadline: Jul 31, 2018
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics
Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health Inactive
Grants for projects designed to improve health, prevent chronic diseases, and reduce health disparities among racial and ethnic populations with the highest risk, or burden, of chronic disease, specifically for African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders, American Indians, and Alaska Natives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jun 11, 2018
Application Deadline: Jul 16, 2018
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers Inactive
Funding for academic research centers to participate in the network of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Research Centers.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 25, 2018
Application Deadline: Jun 25, 2018
Sponsors: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) Inactive
Awards funding for innovative, multi-level studies to test systems, infrastructures, and strategies that will accelerate the adoption of guideline-based recommendations into clinical care relevant to heart, lung, blood diseases, and sleep disorders. Vulnerable populations include medically underserved individuals, racial and ethnic minorities, low income groups, and rural-dwelling patients.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 21, 2018
Application Deadline: Jun 21, 2018
Sponsors: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
AAMC Spencer Foreman Award for Outstanding Community Service Inactive
An award recognizing medical programs that reach communities whose needs are not being met through the traditional health delivery system.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 6, 2018
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges
Rosemary McKenzie Legacy Award Inactive
Honors an individual who has mobilized his/her community and has dedicated his/her life to improving the health of underserved populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 22, 2018
Sponsor: National Rural Health Association
Prevention and Treatment Research to Address HIV/AIDS Disparities in Women in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) Inactive
Grants to support health services, intervention, and implementation research to understand and reduce racial/ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic HIV disparities in U.S. women.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 28, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 28, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Pragmatic Clinical Studies to Evaluate Patient-Centered Outcomes Inactive
Funding for research that compares two or more alternatives for addressing prevention, diagnosis, treatment, or management of a disease or symptom; improving healthcare system-level approaches to managing care; or eliminating health or healthcare disparities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 13, 2018
Application Deadline: May 16, 2018
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
CMS Health Equity Award Inactive
An honorary award to recognize an organization that demonstrates a commitment to health equity by reducing disparities among the CMS beneficiaries they serve, particularly among racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and those living in rural areas.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jan 24, 2018
Sponsors: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS Office of Minority Health
Research Centers in Minority Institutions (U54) Inactive
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.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Nov 15, 2017
Application Deadline: Dec 15, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Empowered Communities for a Healthier Nation Initiative Inactive
Grants to reduce significant health disparities impacting racial and ethnic minorities and/or disadvantaged populations through implementing evidence-based strategies with the greatest potential for impact, especially in communities disproportionately impacted by the opioid epidemic, childhood obesity, and serious mental illness.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Aug 1, 2017
Sponsors: Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute Inactive
An intensive training experience to support the career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and to stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 12, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity Inactive
Grants to regional partnerships that are working to improve access to and utilization of care by racial and ethnic minority and/or disadvantaged populations, develop innovative models for managing multiple chronic conditions that disparately affect racial and ethnic minorities and affect morbidity, increase the diversity of the health workforce, and/or increase data availability and utilization of data that increases the knowledge base regarding health disparities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. territories
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Community Characteristics Associated with Geographic Disparities in Diabetes and Cardiometabolic Health Inactive
Grants for the examination of county-level disparities in type 2 diabetes and cardiometabolic conditions to enhance understanding of disease determinants, including environmental or socioeconomic circumstances that contribute to diabetes geographic disparities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jan 13, 2017
Application Deadline: Feb 14, 2017
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Merck Foundation Bridging the Gap: Reducing Disparities in Diabetes Care Inactive
Grants for projects designed to promote health equity through collaborations that bring together stakeholders from inside and outside the healthcare system to improve access to high-quality diabetes care and reduce health disparities for vulnerable and underserved populations with type 2 diabetes in the United States.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Jan 24, 2017
Application Deadline: Apr 17, 2017
Sponsor: Merck Foundation
Engaging Youth and Young Adults from Health Disparity Populations in the HIV Treatment Cascade (R01) Inactive
Grants to support research projects that implement and test comprehensive service approaches to engage and retain youth and young adults (age 12 – 25 years) from health disparity populations in the HIV Treatment Cascade.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide and U.S. Territories
Letter of Intent (Optional): Nov 7, 2016
Application Deadline: Dec 7, 2016
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Rural Health Network Development Grant Program (RHND) Inactive
Grants for healthcare networks in rural areas to assist with increasing access to and improve the quality of healthcare services.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 28, 2016
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Development and Translation of Medical Technologies to Reduce Health Disparities (R43/44) Inactive
Awards funding to small business concerns to develop and test medical technologies aimed at reducing disparities in healthcare access and outcomes.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jun 6, 2016
Application Deadline: Jul 6, 2016
Sponsors: National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Delta States Rural Development Network Grant Program Inactive
Grants to fund the development of integrated healthcare networks that work to address health problems that could not be solved by single entities working alone. Networks will achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural healthcare system.
Geographic coverage: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee
Application Deadline: Apr 12, 2016
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Rural Health Research Center Cooperative Agreement Inactive
Grants to increase the amount of high quality, impartial, policy-relevant research to assist decision-makers to better understand problems faced by rural communities, and provide information that will improve access to healthcare and population health.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 14, 2016
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration
Maternal and Child Health Research Program (R40) Inactive
Supports translational and applied research that addresses maternal and child health research issues, such as how to improve public health systems and infrastructure, reduce health disparities, increase quality of care, and/or promote the health of MCH populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 6, 2015
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Advancing Health Disparities Interventions Through Community-Based Participatory Research (U01) Inactive
Awards funding for research on approaches to addressing health disparities and community engagement strategies in addressing health disparities in socially disadvantaged populations groups. These groups include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Jul 3, 2015
Application Deadline: Aug 3, 2015
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
System-Level Health Services and Policy Research on Health Disparities (R01) Inactive
Funds system-level health services and policy research that can contribute to the elimination of health disparities, with an emphasis on research related to minority, socioeconomically disadvantaged, and rural populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Dec 20, 2014
Application Deadline: Jan 20, 2015
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
USDA Rural Child Poverty Nutrition Center Cooperative Agreement Inactive
Will award funds to establish a national center dedicated to reducing child food insecurity in persistently poor rural counties.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Oct 20, 2014
Application Deadline: Dec 1, 2014
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Food and Nutrition Service
National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program Inactive
Provides funding for a national organization to work to develop and maintain projects that will help support rural communities through a broad range of activities including identifying and promoting rural health policy issues, and promoting available resources and promising practices.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2014
Sponsors: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration

Last Updated: 10/18/2018