UPDATE: The funding opportunity, Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (RFA-MD-21-004), is now available. A pre-application technical assistance workshop will be held on May 26, 1-2:30 p.m. ET. See NOT-MD-21-018 for details.
We want to make you aware of two funding opportunities to investigate and address structural racism and discrimination in the biomedical research enterprise. This is a follow-up to our previous post about NIGMS’ support for UNITE, the trans-NIH initiative to address structural racism and promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in biomedical research.
Notice of Special Interest: Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Biomedical Career Progression and the Biomedical Research Enterprise (NOT-GM-21-033)
The goal of this notice is to study and/or address the impacts of structural racism and discrimination (SRD) on biomedical career progression and to develop evidence-informed actions for promoting inclusion and equity in the biomedical research enterprise. This notice includes three mechanisms to support research aimed at promoting and enhancing inclusive, safe, and supportive research environments:
- Science of Science Policy Approach to Analyzing and Innovating the Biomedical Research Enterprise (SCISIPBIO), a collaborative program with the National Science Foundation
First due date: September 9, 2021
Scientific/research contact: Kenneth Gibbs
- Research to Understand and Inform Interventions that Promote the Research Careers of Individuals in the Biomedical Sciences (R01)
First due date: October 13, 2021
Scientific/research contacts: Michael Sesma; Sydella Blatch
- Maximizing Investigators’ Research Award (MIRA) (R35) for established and early stage investigators
First due date: May 17, 2021
Scientific/research contacts: Zhongzhen Nie (established investigators); Sailaja Koduri (early stage investigators)
Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Understanding and Addressing the Impact of Structural Racism and Discrimination on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) (NOT-MD-21-016)
NIGMS is participating in this forthcoming initiative that supports observational research to understand the role of SRD in causing and sustaining health disparities and intervention research that improves minority health or reduces these disparities.
Areas of interest to NIGMS include, but are not limited to, studies that address:
- The impact of SRD on health disparities within in the clinical areas NIGMS supports: sepsis (NOT-GM-19-054), injury and critical illness, anesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, wound healing, and innate immunity and inflammation
- Sources of bias in computational research using electronic health records and other health-related data (e.g., artificial intelligence, machine learning, and development of improved algorithms and other methodologies), and/or the development of effective strategies to reduce these disparities
- Computational modeling to understand the sources of SRD on health disparities in infectious disease spread and/or to develop effective strategies to reduce these disparities
- Mechanistic studies of the effects of discrimination-based social trauma on epigenetic and other molecular or cellular processes
- First estimated due date: August 20, 2021
Scientific/research contacts: Rochelle Long; Kenneth Gibbs
Please reach out to the scientific/research contacts listed above for more information about these funding opportunities.
As a reminder, NIH is seeking input to advance and strengthen racial equity, diversity, and inclusion in the biomedical research workforce and advance health disparities and health equity research through various mechanisms, including a request for information open through April 9, 2021.