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 (MSIs) who are investigating or addressing health care disparities affecting racial and ethnic minorities, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.

The three goals of MRGP are to:

  1. Develop capacity at MSIs 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.


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

2021 Awardees

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Meharry Medical College received funding to increase the health disparities research capacity at MSIs 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.

Learn more by watching their Grantee Story in this video.

Florida A&M University (FAMU) on behalf of the FAMU Board of Trustees received 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.

Learn more by watching their Grantee Story in this video.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) on behalf of the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents received 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 2022 Notice of Funding Opportunity has closed. A Notice of Funding Opportunity Announcement is planned for 2023.


For More Information

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Download the MRGP Flyer (PDF) 

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08/08/2022 12:06 PM