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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 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.

2019 Awardees

For over two decades, CMS has funded health equity research at minority serving institutions through the MRGP. In 2019, CMS awarded grants to:

The University of Houston will receive funding to develop a data-driven, personalized reminder system and establish mobile teleretinal screening facilities for Hispanic patients with diabetic eye disease (DED) in Harris County. Researchers will implement a geographic information system-based model to analyze the feasibility and cost-effectiveness of mobile screening services in the county, and find optimal geographic configuration and schedules of services.

The University of Miami will receive funding to build a multi-phase research, primary care and sustainable community engagement model focused on addressing systemic trauma in Black and Hispanic young men in Miami-Dade County.  Investigators plan to train community health workers (CHW) to conduct a community-based survey on social determinants of health – particularly addressing physical assaults and abandonment, and other behavioral and mental health challenges. 

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

This report provides a snapshot of the MRGP from 2005-2018, and the health disparities research projects of 44 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 180 publications.

Program Summary Report [PDF 133KB] (PDF)


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

The application period under the 2019 Notice of Funding Opportunity has closed. A Notice of Funding Opportunity announcement is planned for 2020.

For More Information

Contact HealthEquityTA@cms.hhs.gov.

Download the MRGP Flyer (PDF).

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10/17/2019 06:00 AM