Minority Research Grant Program

Minority Research Grant Program

What is the Minority Research Grant Program?

The CMS Office of Minority Health administers the Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP). The purpose of the grant program is to support researchers at minority serving institutions that are exploring how CMS can better meet the health care needs of racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations.

The three goals of MRGP are to:

  1. Develop capacity at minority serving institutions to research health disparities and social determinants of health;
  2. Understand the root cause of issues - processes, practices, behaviors, and burdens - that lead to health disparities and identify replicable interventions; and
  3. Strengthen CMS programs by disseminating best practices uncovered through funded research.


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CMS OMH Minority Research Grant Program Video

Are you a health equity researcher at a minority-serving institution who is looking for funding?
View the above video to learn about the MRGP’s benefits.

2020 Awardees

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CMS has funded health equity research at minority-serving institutions through the MRGP for two decades. We recently announced our 2020 grantees, who will work to address health disparities among underserved African American men and underserved, racially and ethnically diverse preschoolers.


The University of North Texas will receive funding to create and sustain Project MOVE (Minority Obesity Vanquished with Education), a comprehensive, developmentally and culturally appropriate physical activity intervention that may be implemented with underserved preschoolers in Head Start. Low-income, as well as racially and ethnically diverse children and families will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to reduce health disparities in obesity over the lifespan.

Texas Southern University will receive funding to identify the key elements associated with aggressive prostate cancer (aPCa) among African American men and create an intervention based in social determinants of health. Using statistical methodology, clinical informatics, machine learning, and Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare, the team will analyze medical history and health outcomes data to determine predictive factors of aPCa among African American men.

Both grantees will evaluate critical public health issues through rigorous analysis and community engagement. This adds to the body of research that CMS is evaluating to identify opportunities to measure the impact of social determinants of health and to strengthen CMS policies and programs.

Program Summary Report

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This report provides a snapshot of the MRGP from 2005-2020, and the health disparities research projects of 48 MRGP grantees active during this time period. It includes an overview of the geographic distribution of their projects, their target populations and conditions, and key intervention outcomes. The research findings of MRGP funded projects on African Americans and Hispanics have been cited in over 190 publications.

Program Summary Report (PDF)


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Health equity researchers at the following types of institutions are eligible to apply:


  • Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)
  • Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)
  • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
  • Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)


Where to Apply

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The application period under the 2020 Notice of Funding Opportunity has closed. A Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement is planned for 2021.

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