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Minority Health and Health Disparities Research

Number: 93.307
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Office: National Institutes of Health

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
93.307 Minority Health and Health Disparities Research
Federal Agency (030):
National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services
Authorization (040):
Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Chapter 6A, Subchapter III, Part C, Subpart 20, Sections 464z-3 and 464z-4, formerly sections 485E and 485F, as amended Public Law 111-148, 42 U.S.C. 285t.Public Health Service Act, Title IV, Chapter 6A, Subchapter II, Part A, Section 301, 42 U.S.C 241. Small Business Research and Development Enhancement Act of 1992, Public Law 102-564as amended Public Law 112-81, SBIR/STTR Reauthorization Act of 2011.. , Title IV, Part C, Section 464z-3 and 464z, Public Law 99-158, 106 Stat. 525, 42 U.S.C 287c-31.
Objectives (050):
To support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training; foster emerging programs; disseminate information; and reach out to minority and other health disparity communities. The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) has established programs to pursue these goals: (1) The Centers of Excellence Program promotes research to improve minority health, and/or reduce and eliminate health disparities, build research capacity for minority health and health disparities research in academic institutions; encourages the participation of health disparity groups and communities in biomedical and behavioral research and prevention and intervention activities; and brings together investigators from relevant disciplines in a manner that will enhance and extend the effectiveness of their research; (2) NIMHD Research Endowment Program builds research capacity and infrastructure at eligible NIMHD Centers of Excellence or eligible Section 736 health professions schools (42 U.S.C. 293) to facilitate minority health and other health disparities research to close the disparity gap in the burden of illness and death experienced by racial and ethnic minority Americans and other health disparity populations; promotes a diverse and strong scientific, technological and engineering workforce; and emphasizes the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and other socio-economically disadvantaged populations in the fields of biomedical, and behavioral research and other areas of the scientific workforce; (3) Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC)Program, formerly Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) assists non-doctoral degree institutions in developing their research infrastructure primarily through collaborations with research-intensive universities thereby enabling the institutions to develop and enhance their capacity and competitiveness to conduct biomedical or behavioral research; (4) Minority Health and Health Disparities International Research Training Program (MHIRT) awards enable U.S. institutions to tailor short-term basic science, biomedical and behavioral mentored student international research training opportunities to address global issues related to understanding, reducing, and eliminating health disparities; (5) Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Initiative supports the development, implementation and evaluation of intervention research using CBPR principles and methods in targeting diseases of major public health importance in health disparity communities; (6) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program increases private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development; encourages small business participation in Federal research and development; and fosters and encourages participation of socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned small business concerns in technological innovation; (7) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Program stimulates and fosters scientific and technological innovation through cooperative research development carried out between small business concerns and research institutions; fosters technology transfer between small business concerns and research institutions; increases private sector commercialization of innovations derived from Federal research and development; and fosters and encourages participation of socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns and women-owned small business concerns in technological innovation; (8) Health Disparities Research Projects Grants (RPG) supports innovative projects to enhance our understanding of biological mechanisms, social, behavioral, and health services that can directly and demonstrably contribute to the improvement in minority health and the elimination of health disparities; (9) Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) builds capacity for basic biomedical and/or behavioral research by focusing on institutional resource development, such as supporting core research facilities and staff, purchasing advanced instrumentation, and laboratory renovations/alterations; (10) RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR) supports the development of infrastructure required to conduct clinical and translational research by enhancement of, but is not limited to outpatient clinical resources, biostatistical support, core laboratories, and other capacity for patient-oriented research; (11) RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN) supports a consortium of clinical and translational investigators from RCMI Centers, other academic health centers, providers, and community-based organizations to encourage sharing of resources and expertise in minority health and health disparities; (12) Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Awards provide didactic training and mentored clinical research experiences to develop independent researchers who can lead clinical research studies, especially those addressing health disparities; (13) Resource-Related Minority Health and Health Disparities Research supports minority health and health disparities resource-related research in the priority areas of Bioethics Research, Global Health Research, Data Infrastructure and Dissemination, and Healthcare for Rural Populations Research; (14) Science Education Initiative supports educational, mentoring, and/or career development programs for individuals from underrepresented or health disparity populations to facilitate the development of a nationwide cohort of scientists and a multi-disciplinary national pool of health disparities investigators with necessary skills to conduct health disparities research in a diverse range of settings; and (15) NIH Research Conference Grant and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement Programs support high quality conferences that are relevant to the minority health and health disparities; and (16) Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research comprise regional coalitions of academic institutions, community organizations, service providers and systems, government agencies and other stakeholders conducting coordinated research, implementation and dissemination activities that transcend customary approaches and ďsiloĒ organizational structures to address critical questions at multiple levels in innovative ways focused on priority research areas in minority health and health disparities.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Grants are intended to support the direct costs of a project in accordance with an approved budget, plus appropriate amount for indirect costs. Grantees must agree to administer the grant in accordance with the regulations and policies governing the research grants program of the Public Health Service. Endowment grants: Some qualifying institutions may use income earned from a research endowment corpus to support institutions in their effort to expand and add teaching programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences and related areas, to improve facilities, to enhance student and faculty recruitment and retention, to develop instructional delivery systems and information technology in areas that will enhance minority health and other health disparities research activities, and to establish endowed chairs and programs. Other qualifying institutions must use income earned from a research endowment corpus to increase the institutions' investments in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority students and students from other health disparity populations that matriculate at such institutions. This includes activities such as increasing student recruitment and retention, creating merit-based and need-based scholarships, establishing or enhancing tutoring, providing counseling, and designing student service programs to improve academic success, and faculty recruitment and retention. SBIR grants: SBIR Phase I grants are to establish the technical merit and feasibility of a proposed research effort that may lead to a commercial product or process. SBIR Phase II grants are for the continuation of the research initiated in Phase I and are likely to result in commercial products or processes. Only Phase I awardees are eligible to apply for Phase II support. STTR grants: STTR Phase I grants are to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed cooperative effort that has potential for commercial application. STTR Phase II grants are based on results of research initiated in Phase I and scientific and technical merit and commercial potential on Phase II application. See Program Announcements: PA-12-088 and PA-12-089. As specified in each of the program announcements.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Individuals and public and private institutions, both non-profit and for-profit, who propose to establish, expand, and conduct research, promote or engage in research training, and outreach activities that contribute to improving minority health and/or eliminating health disparities. Endowment grants: Only NIMHD Centers of Excellence OR Section 736 health professional schools (see 42 U.S.C. 293) with net endowment assets less than or equal to 50 percent of the national median of endowment funds at institutions that conduct similar biomedical research or training of health professionals are eligible for the research endowment awards. All applicants must have an NIMHD Center of Excellence Award or HRSA Centers of Excellence Award at the time of award of an NIMHD Research Endowment Grant. SBIR grants: Domestic small businesses (entities that are independently owned and operated for profit, are not dominant in the field in which the research is proposed, and have no more than 500 employees). Primary employment (more than one-half time) of the principal investigator must be with the small business at the time of award and during the conduct of the proposed project. Small business concerns must be at least 51 percent US owned by individuals and independently operated and/or at least 51 percent owned and controlled by another (one) for-profit business concern that is at least 51 percent owned and controlled by one or more individuals. The research must be performed in the U.S. or its possessions. STTR grants: Domestic small businesses (entities that are independently owned and operated for profit, are not dominant in the field in which the research is proposed, and have no more than 500 employees) that "partner" with a research institution in cooperative research and development. At least 40 percent of the project is to be performed by the small business concern and at least 30 percent by the research institution.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Any non-profit or for-profit organization, company, or institution engaged in biomedical and behavioral research. Endowment grants: NIMHD Centers of Excellence or Section 736 institutions.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Applicants must present a research plan and furnish evidence required for research grant applications, PHS 398, (Rev. 05/01) as specified in the application form. Costs will be determined in accordance with HHS Regulations 45
CFR, Part 74, Subpart Q and OMB Circular No. A-21 for Educational Institutions and OMS Circular No. A-87 for
state and local governments. For-profit organizationsí costs are determined in accordance with Subpart 31.2 of the Federal Acquisition Regulations. Endowment grants: Requirements for the endowment application are specified in the application form (SF424 R&R). SBIR and STTR grants: Applicant organizations (small business concerns)
must present a research plan that includes an idea that has the potential for commercialization, and furnish evidence that the scientific competence, experimental methods, facilities, equipment, and funds requested are appropriate to carry out the plan. To apply for SBIR Phase I and Phase II Grants, applicants must complete SF424 (R&R) Application for Electronic Submission. For general information on SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission, see these Web sites: SF424 (R&R) Application and Electronic Submission Information:
http://grants. nih.gov/grants/funding/424/index.htm. General information on Electronic Submission of Grant
Applications: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-102. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-110. Applications for the various programs should be submitted to the NIH office that is responsible for the receipt of applications, and in such form and manner as the application prescribes. (All information pertaining to grants hereinafter, also apply to Endowment Grants unless otherwise noted). Research Grants: Applications must be prepared either electronically through Grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov) using the SF 424 (Research and Research-Related) or on paper using the PHS 398 research grant application instructions and forms (Revised 9/2004, Interim Revision 4/2006). The PHS 398 is available at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/phs398.html. The format is interactive. For NlH planned transition dates of mechanisms for electronic submission, see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/ElectronicReceipt/files/timeline_NIH_transitions.pdf . For further assistance contact Grants Info, Telephone (301) 435- 0714, Email: Grantslnfo@nih.gov. NRSAs (Individual): Individuals must submit the application form, PHS Individual National Research Service Award (PHS 416-1, rev. 10/05), and include at least three letters of reference. If the applicant has been lawfully admitted to the United States for permanent residence, the appropriate item should be checked on the Face Page of the application. Applicants who have applied for and have not yet been granted admission as a permanent resident should check the Permanent resident block on the Face Page of the PHS 416-1 application, and also write in the word "pending." A notarized statement documenting legal admission for permanent residence must be submitted prior to the issuance of an award. SBIR and STTR: The SF 424 (Research and Research-Related) application forms and the SF 424 SBIR/STTR Application Guide are used to apply for both SBIR and STTR grants, Phase I and Phase II. Application must be made electronically through grants.gov (http://www.grants.gov). For further assistance contact Grants Info, Telephone: (301) 435-0714, Email: Grantslnfo@nih.gov.
Award Procedure (093):
Each eligible application will be evaluated for scientific and technical merit by an appropriate Scientific Review Group in accordance with NIH policies and procedures. The National Advisory Council on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NACMHD) will conduct the second-level review of the applications.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
> 180 Days. Approximately 6 to 9 months. SBIR and STTR grants: Approximately 7 to 8 months.
Appeals (096):
A principal investigator or applicant may question the substantive or procedural aspects of the review of his/her application by communicating with NIMHD staff. A description of the NIH Peer Review Appeal procedures is available on the NIH home page http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-11-064.html.
Renewals (097):
Renewal of grant awards beyond the initial project period of support is contingent upon successful competition by the applicant and upon the appropriation of funds for this purpose.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
All awards have a project period of one to five years. Non-competitive grant awards in successive years (year 2 up to year 5) are awarded based on the applicant's annual performance and the availability of funds. Endowment Grants: Awards have a project period of one to five years. Non-competitive years (year 2 up to year 5) are awarded based on the applicant's annual performance and the availability of funds. SBIR grants: Generally, Phase I awards are for six months, and Phase II awards are for two years. STTR grants: Generally, Phase I awards are for one year, and Phase II awards are for two years. All funds for any award must be obligated within five years from the date of the award. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: See above for information about each program.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Annual progress and selected financial status reports for continuing projects and final reports on all projects upon conclusion are required. Endowment Grants: The NIMHD will exercise extended monitoring of a participant's annual progress towards meeting the objectives as outlined in the participant's five-year strategic plan for prioritizing the use of endowment income. These reports will extend 20 years beyond the last year of a participant's project period. Cash reports are not applicable. Annual progress and selected financial status reports for continuing projects and final reports on all projects upon conclusion are required. Endowment Grants: The NIMHD will exercise extended monitoring of a participant's annual progress towards meeting the objectives as outlined in the participantís five-year strategic plan for prioritizing the use of endowment income. These reports will extend 20 years beyond the last year of a participantís project period. Selected financial status reports for continuing projects and final reports on all projects upon conclusion are required. Endowment Grants: The NIMHD will exercise extended monitoring of a participant's annual progress towards meeting the objectives as outlined in the participantís five-year strategic plan for prioritizing the use of endowment income. These reports will extend 20 years beyond the last year of a participantís project period. Annual progress and selected financial status reports for continuing projects and final reports on all projects upon conclusion are required. Endowment Grants: The NIMHD will exercise extended monitoring of a participant's annual progress towards meeting the objectives as outlined in the participantís five-year strategic plan for prioritizing the use of endowment income. These reports will extend 20 years beyond the last year of a participantís project period.
Audits (112):
This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-133. In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $300,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $300,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. In addition, grants and cooperative agreements are subject to inspection and audits by DHHS and other Federal government officials.
Records (113):
Expenditures and other financial records must be retained three years from the day on which the grantee submits the last financial status report for the report period.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 $221,524,000; FY 14 Estimate Not Available; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available - (Project Grants) FY 13 $221,524,000; FY 14 and FY 15 estimates not available .
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
(1) Centers of Excellence (COE) grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $956,472 to $ 1,836,363; average $1,202,690. (2) Endowment grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $4,675,000 to $4,675,000; average $4,675,000. (3) Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC) grants, formerly Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $105,946 to $841,723; average $632,229. (4) Minority Health and Health Disparities Research International Research Training (MHIRT) grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $121,144 to $282,008; average $210,224. (5) Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $247,075 to $795,309; average $405,616. (6) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $97,893 to $682,791; average $295,172. (7) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $184,545 to $603,098; average $337,546. (8) Research Project Grants (RPG): total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $178,820 to $491,019; average $352,128. (9) Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI): total awards made ranged from $1,112,067 to $3,422,768; average $2,257,173. (10) RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR): total awards made ranged from $2,937,060 to $4,161,879; average $3,629,169. (11) RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN): single award made was $3,272,500. (12) Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Awards: total awards ranged from $136,154 to $497,070; average $374,633. (13) Resource-Related Minority Health and Health Disparities Research: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $378,863 to $1,117,447; average $809,679. (14) Science Education Initiative: total awards made by the NIMHD ranged from $69,159 to $346,146; average $269,651. (15) NIH Research Conference Grant and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement Programs: total awards made ranged from $43,889 to $65,450; average $47,253. (16) Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research: total awards made ranged from $1,500,000 to $3,041,025; average $2,093,003. (17) Disparities Research and Education Advancing our Mission (DREAM) Career Transition Award (K22): total awards ranged from $180,373 to $197,624; average $190,794. F 14 and FY 15 estimate not reported.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: FY 13: NIMHD program accomplishments are as follows: (1) Centers of Excellence (COE) grants: total of 55 awarded grants; (2) Endowment grants: total of 4 awarded grants; (3) Building Research Infrastructure and Capacity (BRIC) grants, formerly Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) grants: total of 9 awarded grants; (4) Minority Health and Health Disparities Research International Research Training (MHIRT) grants: 22 awarded grants; (5) Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) grants: 45 awarded grants; (6) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants and (7) Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants: total of 23 awarded grants; (8) Research Project Grants (RPG): total of 57 awarded grants. (9) Research Centers in Minority Institutions: total of 15 awarded grants. (10) RCMI Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (RCTR): total of 5 awarded grants. (11) RCMI Translational Research Network (RTRN): one awarded grant. (12) Clinical Research Education and Career Development (CRECD) Awards: total of 2 awarded grants. (13) Resource-Related Minority Health and Health Disparities Research: total of 9 awarded grants. (14) Science Education Initiative: total of 11 awarded grants. (15) NIH Research Conference Grant and NIH Research Conference Cooperative Agreement Programs: total of 10 awarded grants. (16) Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research: total of 7 awarded grants (17) Disparities Research and Education Advancing our Mission (DREAM) Career Transition Award (K22): total of 4 awarded grants. F 14 and FY 15 estimate not reported. Fiscal Year 2014: Not available. Fiscal Year 2015: Not available.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Pertinent information is contained in 42 USC 271c-31 et. Seq.; 42 CFR 52; 42 CFR 66; 45 CFR 74; 45 CFR 92; NIH Extramural Programs brochure; and miscellaneous program literature from the Headquarters Office. Grants will be available under the authority of and administered in accordance with the NIH Grants Policy Statement and Federal regulations at 42 CFR 52 and 42 USC 241. Additional loan repayment information can be obtained at www.lrp.nih.gov . SBIR and STTR information can also be obtained from the Omnibus Solicitation of the Public Health Service for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Grant and Cooperative Agreement Applications; and the Omnibus Solicitation of the National Institutes of Health for Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Grant Applications.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
None.
Headquarters Office (152):
Deborah B. Henken NIH/NIMHD, 6707 Democracy Blvd. Suite 800, Bethesda, Maryland 20892-5465 Email: dh50g@nih.gov Phone: (301) 402-1366 Fax: 301-480-4049
Website Address (153):
http://www.nimhd.nih.gov
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Not Applicable.
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The major elements in evaluating all new grant and renewal grant applications include assessments of: the scientific merit and general significance of the proposed study and its objectives; the technical adequacy of the experimental design and approach; the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; and the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project, and the relevance and importance to the announced program objectives. SBIR and STTR grants: For Phase I grant applications, the criteria used are: the soundness and technical merit of the proposed approach; the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff, and consultants; the technological innovation of the proposed research; the potential of the proposed suitability of the facilities and research environment; and where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for safeguarding human or animal subjects and/or protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. For Phase II grant applications, the criteria used are: the degree to which the Phase I objectives were met and feasibility demonstrated; the scientific and technical merit of the proposed approach for achieving the phase II objectives; the qualifications of the proposed principal investigator, supporting staff and consultants; the technological innovation, originality, or societal importance of the proposed research; the potential of the proposed research for commercial application; the reasonableness of the budget requested for the work proposed; the adequacy and suitability o the facilities and research environment; and where applicable, the adequacy of assurances detailing the proposed means for safeguarding human or animal subjects and/or protecting against or minimizing any adverse effect on the environment. All persons interested in any of the DHHS/NIH/NIMHD grant and/or contract program initiatives are strongly encouraged to carefully read the Request for Applications as they are announced annually in order to understand what is required for each unique program as well as meet each deadline in a timely manner.