NIH: NIMHD Specialized Centers of Excellence on Minority Health and Health Disparities (U54)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications to establish NIMHD Centers of Excellence in eligible institutions of higher education. The purpose of this initiative is to advance the science of minority health and health disparities by conducting transdisciplinary, multi-level research in a defined thematic area and by providing research opportunities and support for post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other investigators.

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.

The Center must include the following required components:

  • Administrative Core
  • Investigator Development Core
  • Community Engagement and Dissemination Core
  • Research Project(s)

For more detailed information, please consult the RFA.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

Up to $950,000 in direct costs annually for 5 years


Applicants are encouraged to consult with their Associate Deans for Research prior to internal submission to assure they meet eligibility criteria and their projects meet stated program objectives.

Only one application per institution (normally identified by having a unique DUNS number or NIH IPF number) is allowed.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) is invited to work with their organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

Submission Process

Step 1

Internal Letters of Intent (LOI's) must be one PDF document.

The single PDF document should be one page containing:

  • PI Name,
  • PI Department/Division and School/College,
  • Project title,
  • Brief summary of the unifying thematic focus for the project, and
  • List of primary collaborators and their departments for each required component.

The single PDF document should also include:

  • PI's NSF or NIH style biosketch.

This LOI should be submitted no later than 5:00pm EST on March 22, 2017.

Materials should be submitted as a single PDF attachment to an email sent to Stephanie Endy at

Step 2

Final nominee will be notified of their selection by March 31, 2017.

Step 3

Optional external LOI due to the sponsor by 5:00pm EST on April 14, 2017.


Step 4

Final proposal due in the Office of Research Administration or SOM Office of Grants and Contracts by 5:00pm EST on May 8, 2017.

Step 5

Final proposal due to Sponsor no later than 5:00pm EST on May 15, 2017.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
03/22/2017 03/31/2017 05/08/2017 05/15/2017 CLOSED