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.

CMS OMH Minority Research Grant Program Video

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

2021 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 2021 grantees, who will examine critical public health disparities and increase health equity research capacities at minority-serving institutions.

CMS OMH is proud to award three recipients and expand our commitment to advancing health equity among the populations represented in CMS programs:

Meharry Medical College will receive funding to increase the health disparities research capacity at minority-serving institutions by establishing an online, data science-based certificate program to equip minority health researchers with the expertise and skills needed to conduct impactful research. This will strengthen the pipeline of minority health researchers equipped to use CMS data to provide insights that will ultimately improve healthcare quality access and outcomes within CMS programs.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) on behalf of the FAMU Board of Trustees will receive funding to examine maternal health, including prenatal and pregnancy outcomes, for women who received services across three Medicaid programs. The study will assess whether the current services and benefits provided by these Medicaid programs sufficiently address factors that contribute to disparities or improvements in maternal health.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents will receive funding to use novel computational and clinical strategies, including a deep learning-based risk score model and its clinical assessment, to identify ethnic-specific opioid overdose risk factors. The goal of the project is to reduce avoidable opioid-related hospitalizations and emergency department visits among ethnic minorities.

Program Summary Report

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This report provides a snapshot of the MRGP from 2005-2021, and the health disparities research projects of 51 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 2021 Notice of Funding Opportunity has closed. A Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement is planned for 2022. 


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