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Minority Research Grant Program

About the Funding Opportunity

For FY 2017, CMS OMH is pleased to announce two funding opportunities to address cardiovascular health, pre-diabetes, diabetes, and kidney disease among minority populations. One is for Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and the other is for Hispanic Serving Institutions. The Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) will be available in 2017, and can be accessed on Grants.gov.

Funding for Researchers from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)

CMS seeks to support minority investigators from HBCUs addressing the health issues described above among Blacks and African Americans. To qualify for funding, an applicant must be affiliated with an HBCU that meets one of the following two requirements:

1. Offer a Ph.D. or Master’s Degree Program in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Allied Health
  • Gerontology
  • Health Care Administration
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

2. Have a School of Medicine

The FY 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement for HBCU Researchers will be available on Grants.gov in 2017.

Funding for Researchers from Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs)

CMS seeks to support minority investigators from HSIs addressing the health issues described above among Hispanic and Latino populations. Applicants must meet one of the following three requirements in order to qualify for funding under this grant program:

1. Be a health services/disparities researcher at a university or college offering a Ph.D. or Master’s Degree Program in one or more of the following disciplines:

  • Allied Health
  • Gerontology
  • Health Care Administration
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacology
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

2. Be a member of a community-based health organization with a Hispanic health services research component; or

3. Be a member of a professional association focusing on Hispanic health services and health disparities issues.

The FY 2017 Funding Opportunity Announcement for HSI Researchers will be available on Grants.gov in 2017.

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. This is the 21st year of this program, and it is currently being administered by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health (OMH). It is part of CMS OMH’s Equity Plan to develop and disseminate promising approaches to reduce health disparities. Specifically, the goals of the Minority Research Grant Program are to:

1. Support minority researchers to pursue topics that impact minority beneficiaries;

2. Investigate health disparities to achieve a better understanding of how to reduce health disparities through funded research;

3. Foster the dissemination of best practices and innovations among grantees, within CMS and beyond; and

4. Improve healthcare quality for CMS’ minority beneficiaries in order to reduce health disparities.

For more information about either funding opportunity, please contact: HealthEquityTA@cms.hhs.gov