Eligibility: Coleman Research Innovation Award

FY25 application period: Monday, July 22 to Friday, August 16, 2024 (5:00 p.m. ET close)


This competitive award program is designed to support one-year innovative research projects contributed by postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians within the National Institutes of Health Intramural Research Program (NIH IRP) that have the potential for high impact in three areas of minority health and health disparities research:

  1. Social and behavioral sciences
  2. Community and population health sciences
  3. Epidemiology and genetics

To be eligible, projects must:

  • Either seek to understand complex factors that contribute to health disparities (not just enroll persons from minority groups) OR develop or test socio-behavioral interventions to reduce these disparities OR promote the health and well-being of a racial and/or ethnic minority population(s).
  • Be based in the U.S. or its territories, although comparisons of immigrants in the U.S. with immigrants in their home countries are permitted.

Preference will be given to candidates under the mentorship of NIMHD intramural or adjunct intramural investigators, although this is not a requirement of the award. No extramural projects will be funded under this award. Resubmissions are permitted.

Level of Support

The William G. Coleman Jr., Ph.D., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award will allow up to $15,000 for supplies and services to be spent by Friday, September 13, 2025. No extensions are permitted.

Application Procedures

Interested applicants may submit as research teams or individuals. Applications must be submitted as one PDF file and include the following components:

  1. Cover page with title of project, structured abstract (250-word limit), and member(s) of the research team; and NIMHD DIR priority area: (a) social and behavioral sciences, (b) community and population health sciences, (c) epidemiology and genetics
  2. 3-page proposal (excluding references) that includes the following sections: a) Background, b) Specific Aims, c) Methods, d) Expected Outcomes, and e) Description of how successful completion of the proposal will have an impact on advancing the science of minority health and/or health disparities research in the U.S. or its territories
  3. Line-item budget and budget justification are required (not included in the 3-page limit)
  4. Applicant’s CV
  5. Letter of support from their mentor(s) indicating their support for the research and how successful completion of the proposed project will advance the career of the applicant

Applications will be accepted from Monday, July 22 until Friday, August 16, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET to the NIMHD Coleman Awards at nimhdcolemanawards@mail.nih.gov. Applications received after the deadline will be deemed ineligible.

Applicants will receive notifications of award status by Friday, September 20, 2024.

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