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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
Application Deadline: Jan 7, 2018
Sponsors: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Community Access to Child Health (CATCH) Planning and Implementation Grants
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
Application Deadline: Jan 31, 2018
Sponsor: American Academy of Pediatrics
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: Feb 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
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: Feb 5, 2018
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
Prevention and Treatment Research to Address HIV/AIDS Disparities in Women in the U.S. (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
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
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, 2018
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
Letter of Intent (Optional): May 7, 2018
Application Deadline: Jun 7, 2018
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
Strategies to Increase Delivery of Guideline-Based Care to Populations with Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
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
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
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
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
NIH Health Disparities Research Loan Repayment Program Inactive
Offers loan repayment assistance for health professionals who commit to research projects related to health disparities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Nov 15, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Culture of Health Prize Inactive
Awards that honor collaborative, community-based efforts that are prioritizing health and empowering people in the community to live healthier lives.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Nov 3, 2017
Application Deadline: Jan 18, 2018
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Addressing Disparities Research Grants Inactive
Offers 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): Oct 31, 2017
Application Deadline: Feb 6, 2018
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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 4, 2017
Sponsor: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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
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): Jul 25, 2017
Application Deadline: Oct 25, 2017
Sponsor: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Grants to Support Hispanic Health Services Research Inactive
Grants to assist Hispanic Serving Institutions in conducting health services and health disparities research.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 10, 2017
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Grants to Support the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Health Services Research Inactive
Grants to assist Historically Black Colleges and Universities in conducting health services and health disparities research to meet the needs of diverse CMS beneficiary populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 10, 2017
Sponsor: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid 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
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. Studies should include a focus on health equity by examining the ability of system alignment mechanisms to assure all have the opportunity to achieve their full health potential, and to ensure no one is disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of social position or circumstance.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: May 5, 2017
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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 7, 2017
Sponsor: Association of American Medical Colleges
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
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2017
Sponsor: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
Innovations for Healthy Living - Improving Minority Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44) Inactive
Awards funding to small business concerns (SBCs) 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): Jan 22, 2017
Application Deadline: Feb 22, 2017
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
Offers funding to develop partnerships between innovative small business concerns (SBCs) 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): Jan 22, 2017
Application Deadline: Feb 22, 2017
Sponsors: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals Inactive
Grants to address healthcare workforce, innovative healthcare solutions, and healthcare to vulnerable populations.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Dec 31, 2016
Sponsor: Robert Wood Johnson 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
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
Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust Innovations in Rural Health Award Inactive
Award for original, innovative solutions to drive health improvement in rural communities.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Apr 29, 2016
Sponsor: Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust
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
Wellstone Fellowship for Social Justice Inactive
Offers a fellowship to foster the advancement of social justice through participation in healthcare advocacy work that focuses on the unique challenges facing many communities of color.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Feb 12, 2016
Sponsor: Families USA
Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Pilot Grants Program Inactive
Funds pilot research projects focused on examining the social determinants of American Indian health with transdisciplinary teams.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Optional): Dec 15, 2015
Application Deadline: Feb 1, 2016
Sponsors: Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health, Sanford Research
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
Creating a Culture of Health in Appalachia: Disparities and Bright Spots Inactive
Awards funding to research, document, and examine health conditions in the Appalachian region. Researchers should document health disparities; identify communities that have better than expected health outcomes; and identify community-based models and policy implications.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 8, 2015
Sponsor: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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 Library of Medicine Information Resource Grants to Reduce Health Disparities (G08) Inactive
Awards funding for projects that will bring useful, usable health information to health disparity populations and their health care providers. Institutions with a demonstrated commitment to serving health disparity populations, such as Tribal colleges and universities, Historically Black colleges and universities, Hispanic-serving institutions, and other institutions in rural and socially disadvantaged areas are encouraged to apply.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jun 29, 2014
Sponsor: National Library of Medicine
Healthy Start Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health - Level 1 Inactive
Funding to enhance the capacity of a community's perinatal and women's health service systems in order to reduce ethnic, racial, and other disparities in perinatal health. Funding is available for rural communities and communities along the US/Mexico border.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2014
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Healthy Start Eliminating Disparities in Perinatal Health - Level 2 Inactive
Funding to enhance the capacity of a community's perinatal and women's health service systems in order to reduce ethnic, racial, and other disparities in perinatal health. Grantees must also be a catalyst for community collaboration and coordination and develop and conduct measurement approaches.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 31, 2014
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
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
Reaching Practicing MCH Professionals in Underserved Areas Through Education and Training Program Inactive
Awards funding to develop innovative education and training programs that will use flexible, distance training methods to train public health workers in isolated areas of the country who may lack access to traditional Maternal and Child Health training programs.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Mar 21, 2014
Sponsors: Health Resources and Services Administration, Maternal and Child Health Bureau
Rural Youth Development Grants Inactive
Provides grants to 4-H, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Future Farmers of America programs to identify community needs or issues and develop projects that will address them. Examples of community needs include health, obesity, hunger, and youth development.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2013
Sponsors: U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture
Public Prevention Health Fund: Community Transformation Grant Inactive
Grants aimed at helping communities implement projects proven to reduce chronic diseases, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Geographic coverage: Nationwide
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 6, 2011
Application Deadline: Jul 15, 2011
Sponsor: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Last Updated: 12/12/2017