Funding Opportunity: Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)


We’re pleased to announce that the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) funding opportunity announcement (FOA) (PAR-20-125) has been issued.

NARCH fosters opportunities for biomedical research and career enrichment to meet health needs prioritized by American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes and tribally based organizations. The NARCH initiative also supports research capacity building, including the development of research infrastructure to enhance the biomedical research capabilities of AI/AN communities. NARCH grants are awarded directly to federally recognized tribes or tribal organizations that may partner with research-intensive institutions.

This funding opportunity will support a combination of components including: 1) career enhancement, which encompasses both student and faculty career development; 2) both pilot and research projects; and 3) capacity building, which encompasses development of infrastructure to support both career development and research sustainability.   

For additional information about this initiative, including lists of participating NIH institutes and offices and currently funded NARCH programs, please visit the NARCH webpage.

First application receipt date: June 24, 2020
Earliest start date: April 2021

If you have questions about NARCH, please contact Sheila Caldwell or Behrous Davani.

2 Replies to “Funding Opportunity: Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)”

  1. Among underrepresented minorities, Native Hawaiians are one of the most underserved groups. Will there be a competition for them?

    1. The NARCH FOA is specific to federally recognized tribes which do not include Native Hawaiians at this time. However, Native Hawaiian communities can be included on a NARCH grant application from one of the federally recognized tribes if the two develop a partnership. Native Hawaiian communities may also explore other NIH FOAs that they are eligible to apply for. One example FOA is the “Intervention Research to Improve Native American Health (R01 Clinical Trial Optional),” PAR-17-496.

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