Extramural Research Programs

The NIMHD program portfolio includes research projects at more than 200 sites around the country and the globe. Our grantees study many aspects of minority health and health disparities from the genetic, molecular, and biologic to health systems, access, workforce development and environmental justice. Our extramural programs focus on the full continuum of causes of health disparities and the interrelation of these causes.

The NIMHD Extramural Research Programs provide support through grants, contracts, and/or cooperative agreement awards to individuals, organizations, and/or institutions to conduct research.

The Centers of Excellence (COE) Program is a congressionally mandated program that creates centers within colleges and universities to address health disparities. The program focuses on the fundamental strategies of research, training a diverse scientific workforce, and community engagement.

Types of Centers:

The Research Endowment Program (REP) is a congressionally mandated program that supports research infrastructure and capacity-building at eligible academic institutions.

The Loan Repayment Program (LRP) is a congressionally mandated program that supports highly-qualified health professionals through two-year loan repayment awards to conduct health disparities research or clinical research.

The Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative supports community-based participatory research which engages the community in all phases of the research process as equal partners with scientists.

The Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training (MHIRT) Program allows U.S. institutions to offer short-term international research training opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students from health disparity backgrounds. Click here for a list of funded MHIRT Programs.

The Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) Program funds small businesses to strengthen their role in Federal research or research and development and stimulate technological innovation in the private sector.

The Investigator-Initiated Research on Health Disparities, or NIMHD Research Project (R01) Grant, funds innovative projects that address the causes of health disparities with an emphasis on the biological and non-biological factors of diseases and health conditions that disproportionately affect people from health disparity backgrounds.

The Resource-Related Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Initiative supports health disparities research activities using a cooperative agreement which requires substantial Federal scientific or programmatic involvement. The initiative focuses on bioethics research, global health, data infrastructure and information dissemination, and research on healthcare for rural populations.

We support Scientific Conferences, meetings, workshops, and similar forums designed to share, exchange, or disseminate information on a defined subject relevant to the mission of the NIMHD to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities.

The Science Education Initiative (SEI) supports educational, mentoring, and career development programs for individuals from health disparity populations that are underrepresented in the research sciences. The program consists of five separate initiatives ranging from kindergarten through early-stage investigators and an outreach component.

The Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Program (TCC) supports regional coalitions of academic institutions, community organizations, service providers and systems, government agencies and other stakeholders focused on priority areas in minority health and health disparities.