The CMS Office of Minority Health administers the Minority Research Grant Program (MRGP). The purpose of the grant program is to support researchers in implementing health services research activities to meet the needs of diverse CMS beneficiary populations. Recent years have focused on scientific research in disparities in kidney health, heart health, patient experience, and readmissions, as well as exploring innovative solutions to social determinants of health. The four goals of MRGP are to:
Support health services researchers to pursue topics that impact minority beneficiaries;
Investigate health disparities to achieve a better understanding of how to reduce health disparities through funded research;
Foster the dissemination of best practices and innovations among grantees, within CMS and beyond; and
Improve healthcare quality for CMS' minority beneficiaries in order to reduce health disparities.
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
All applicants must use Grants.gov to apply. A Notice of Funding Opportunity has been announced for 2018. The deadline to apply is June 28, 2018.
Grantees are selected through an annual competition that values innovation, community collaboration, and scientific rigor. The program currently has six grantees in its portfolio; two were awarded in 2017.