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Health Disparities Research Funding Opportunities

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The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) uses a variety of grant mechanisms to provide support for research on the use of complementary and integrative health approaches to improve minority health and eliminate health disparities in high-priority areas including pain management, stress management, health promotion, health restoration, and disease prevention.

The links below describe some of NCCIH’s current funding opportunities that focus on health disparities research. In addition, NCCIH will support research on health disparities through any of our active funding opportunities. Researchers may review all active NCCIH funding opportunities.

We strongly encourage you to discuss your proposed research with an NCCIH scientific program director before applying. A program director can help applicants determine the appropriate funding mechanism for the type of research.


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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Administrative Supplements for Research on Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) Populations (Admin Supp Clinical Trial Optional)NOT-OD-22-03212/02/2102/01/24
Administrative supplements to provide funding for the expansion of existing research projects to incorporate sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations or SGM-relevant research questions.

Research Project Grant

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K24: Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Health of Bisexual and Bisexual+ PeopleNOT-OD-22-16610/11/2205/08/25

Research Project – Cooperative Agreements

New funding opportunities will be added when published in the NIH Guide.

Notices of Special Interest

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Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Social, Behavioral, and Economic Impact of COVID-19 in Underserved and Vulnerable PopulationsNOT-MH-21-33008/20/2109/08/24
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to highlight interest in research to strengthen the understanding and response to the COVID-19 pandemic and help us prepare more effectively for future public health emergencies. While research related to the direct clinical effects of COVID-19 is supported by other funding opportunities, there are additional urgent public health needs, particularly in populations who experience health disparities and in vulnerable populations.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Dissemination and Implementation Research to Advance Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health Preventive Interventions in School SettingsNOT-AT-22-00403/29/2206/05/24
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) to stimulate dissemination and implementation research to support innovative approaches for overcoming barriers to evidence-based preventive interventions to support children’s mental, emotional, and behavioral (MEB) health in school settings.
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): Research on the Health of Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM) PopulationsNOT-MD-22-01207/11/2208/08/25
Notice of Special Interest (NOSI): HEAL Initiative: Opioid Use Disorder Care Pathways for Individuals with Histories of Exposure to ViolenceNOT-DA-23-00708/03/2207/13/25

Other Awards

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R21: Research to Improve Native American Health (R21 Clinical Trials Optional)PAR-20-21408/17/2009/08/23Predoctoral
A funding opportunity to support developmental/exploratory studies in preparation for health promotion, disease prevention, treatment, or treatment services research to improve health in Native American (NA) populations.