University of Southern California


RFA-MD-17-005: NIMHD Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health

Slots:                                                     1                             

Internal Deadline:                           Contact the Office of Research if interested.

LOI:                                                        April 14, 2017                   

External Deadline:                          May 15, 2017, 5pm PDT

Award Information:                        Type:  Cooperative Agreement

Estimated Number of Awards: 15

Anticipated Amount: Award budgets are limited to $950,000 in direct costs annually. The maximum project period is 5 years.

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:


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NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework communicates NIMHD’s conceptualization of factors relevant to the understanding and promotion of minority health and to the understanding and elimination of health disparities (  The thematic focus chosen should address the intersection of domains of influence (biological, behavioral, physical environment, sociocultural environment, healthcare system) and levels of influence (individual, interpersonal, community, societal) in the Framework in some way and that research activities will embrace a multi-domain, multi-level perspective.  The thematic focus should map onto the Framework, but the Framework is not intended to substitute for theoretical or conceptual models that underlie proposed research activities.

Each Center of Excellence is expected to have a unifying thematic focus. The thematic focus should be at a level of specificity such that it is reasonable to expect that center activities can have a direct and demonstrable impact on addressing minority health and health disparities in that topic area. All center activities, including research projects, pilot projects, and community dissemination activities, should be designed to contribute to this impact.

(a) Specific disease areas that disproportionately affect disparity populations and contribute substantially to health outcomes (e.g., cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes mellitus, asthma, HIV/AIDS, chronic lung disease, chronic liver disease/cirrhosis, accidents, depression, osteoarthritis, inflammatory arthritis, chronic kidney disease, specific cancers)

(b) Prevention topics that cut across health conditions and populations (e.g., physical activity, tobacco use and cessation, healthy nutrition, obtaining recommended screening tests, immunizations, pre-natal care, breast feeding, adherence to medications and behavioral recommendations)

(c) Life course groups that incorporate selected components from above (e.g., children, women, older adults, men)

(a) Understanding the etiology and mechanisms of diseases and health conditions in health disparity populations (e.g., how poverty creates and sustains health disparities, how structural racism/discrimination affects biological processes, why rural populations are disproportionately affected by opioid dependence);

(b) Evaluating intervention approaches to improve minority health or reduce health disparities (e.g., neighborhood-level interventions to reduce obesity in racial/ethnic minority populations, interventions to address provider bias towards sexual and gender minority patients); and/or

(c) Developing methodological approaches or addressing measurement issues (e.g., systems science methods to understand structural drivers of health disparities; measurement of neighborhood level effects on health disparities; methods for assessing the impact of policies on local, regional, or statewide population health).

More specific areas of research interest are listed in the solicitation.

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