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Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Funding Opportunities

The Vice President for Research Office has collected a list of extramural funding opportunities as part of our on-going commitment to support equitable, diverse, and inclusive research on our campus and in our broader communities. Available opportunities are categorized by sponsor and/or agency type and will be updated regularly. Please check each sponsor's solicitation for the most up-to-date information for each program, as the sponsor can change the details of the opportunity without notification.

If you are considering applying for an EDI-related funding opportunity and would like grant development support, please contact Mercedes Ward, Grant Development Specialist for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


NSF Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates in Biological Sciences (RaMP)
Amount: Anticipated $40,000,000 for 13-16 awards
Deadline: January 20, 2022
The Research and Mentoring for Postbaccalaureates (RaMP) in Biological Sciences program invites the submission of proposals to establish networks to support full-time research, mentoring, and training for recent college graduates who have had few or no research or training opportunities during college in research fields typically supported by the Directorate of Biological Sciences (BIO). Fostering the growth of a globally competitive and diverse research workforce and advancing the innovative scientific skills of the U.S. is a strategic objective of the National Science Foundation (NSF). To that end, proposals submitted to this program are expected to create strong evidence-based and inclusive mentorship programs that will advance the goal of creating a competitive and highly representative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce in the U.S. Transitions into the STEM workforce could include pathways into research-focused M.S. or Ph.D. programs, industry, federal or state agencies, education and research centers, and other STEM careers.


NSF Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC)
Estimated Number of Awards: 21 to 30
Anticipated Funding Amount: $12,750,000
Deadline: January 20, 2022
The BPC program is intended to significantly increase the number of domestic students receiving post-secondary degrees in the computing disciplines, with an emphasis on students from those groups that participate in computing at rates well below their proportionate representation in higher education. These groups that are underrepresented are women, persons with disabilities, Blacks and African Americans, Hispanics, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. Specifically, the BPC program aims to develop, implement and evaluate innovative models, frameworks, and strategies for the inclusion of groups that are underrepresented from K-12 through the computing workforce, with an emphasis on transformational efforts that lead to more inclusive organizational structures and practices. Activities should have significant impact both in the quality of opportunities afforded to participants and in the number of participants potentially served. While the emphasis is on the implementation of programs, BPC projects may include complementary, focused research that has the potential for enhancing project activities and meeting project goals along with helping to build a repository of knowledge to grow national impact.


NSF Research Coordination Networks in Undergraduate Biology Education (RCN-UBE)
Amount: $500,000 (also: Incubator proposals up to $75,000 for one year)
Deadline: January 25, 2022
The Research Coordination Networks for Biological Education (RCN-UBE) Program supports networks of investigators to link biological research discoveries with innovations in biology education to improve the learning environment in undergraduate biology classrooms. RCN-UBEs will support networks of investigators to communicate and coordinate their education efforts across disciplinary, organizational, institutional, geographical, and/or international boundaries. They will facilitate exchange of information and resources, integrate research and education activities for biologists/educators around topics of common interest, nurture a sense of community, and maximize cooperation and impact. The RCN-UBE program is particularly interested in increasing the participation of people from groups that are underrepresented in biological research and education such as women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities. Proposals submitted to the program are strongly encouraged to involve PIs, co-PIs, postdoctoral fellows, students, and other personnel who are members of these groups. Proposers are also strongly encouraged to consider involving veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces as part of NSF's broader effort to promote veteran involvement in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) research and education.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation Planning Grants to Promote Diverse Participation
Amount: $100,000
Deadline: January 28, 2022
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Directorate for Engineering (ENG) continually seeks to advance scientific progress in research and innovation while broadening participation of underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) seeks to inform the community about an opportunity to pursue both goals through Planning Grants for development of proposals for submission to the active Emerging Frontiers in Research and Innovation (EFRI) solicitation. The EFRI program is interested in activities that would catalyze new collaborations that broaden the participation of researchers and/or organizations underrepresented in science and engineering (S&E). These Planning Grants will support costs associated with the development and formation of EFRI research projects and teams that are responsive to the current EFRI solicitation and that significantly address the goal of increasing the diversity, equity, and inclusion of researchers and institutions supported by the EFRI program. Funding opportunities are available in FY 2022 to provide support to teams that plan to submit an EFRI proposal to the FY 2023 cycle of the current EFRI solicitation.


NSF Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE)
Amount: anticipated funding amount is $3,000,000 (estimated number of awards 5-10)
Deadline: February 7, 2022
The objective of PAARE is to improve the quality and environment of astronomy and astrophysics research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term partnerships that provide authentic pathways into the research enterprise and broaden the participation of individuals from groups underrepresented in astronomy. Partnerships must substantially involve institutions seeking to create opportunities for student and faculty research that will increase the recruitment, retention, and success of these individuals. It is expected that the partnerships will build or strengthen research capacity, as well as foster a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for astronomy and astrophysics research and education at the partnering institutions.


NSF MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM)
Amount: $900,000
Deadline: February 15, 2022
Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please contact Tyler Matsamas if considering applying.
The MPS-Ascend External Mentoring (MPS-Ascend EM) program aims to fund an institution (or collaboration of institutions) to provide a mentored career development program specifically designed for two cohorts of MPS-Ascend Fellows funded through the Mathematical and Physical Sciences Ascending Postdoctoral Research Fellowships (MPS-Ascend NSF 21-573, and NSF 22-501) programs. These activities should be designed to build cohort experiences for MPS-Ascend Fellows funded through the MPS competitions, provide professional development opportunities, and provide appropriate mentoring and professional networks to allow the Fellows to transition into, advance, and succeed in independent academic (or other) research careers. Each proposal should address the complete spectrum of MPS-Ascend Fellows, across all MPS fields. Approximately 30-50 MPS-Ascend Fellows are expected per cohort. The MPS-Ascend program has a strong emphasis on increasing the participation of members of those groups most underrepresented as leaders in MPS fields, which includes Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics, Latinos, and Native Americans, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Native Pacific Islanders.


NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
Amount: varies according to track
Deadline: February 22, 2022
Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please contact Tyler Matsamas if considering applying.
The main goal of the S-STEM program is to enable low-income students with academic ability, talent or potential to pursue successful careers in promising STEM fields. Ultimately, the S-STEM program seeks to increase the number of low-income students who graduate with a S-STEM eligible degree and contribute to the American innovation economy with their STEM knowledge. Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to institutions of higher education (IHEs) not only to fund scholarships, but also to adapt, implement, and study evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that have been shown to be effective supporting recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM.


NSF BCSER: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research
Amount: varies by type of award (see RFA for details)
Deadline: February 25, 2022
ECR’s Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals’ capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise and broaden the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund research career development activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses.


NSF Build and Broaden 3.0 (B2 3.0) Enhancing Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions
Amount: Anticipated $8,000,000 for 25 to 30 awards
Deadline: March 1, 2022
Build and Broaden 3.0 (B2 3.0) supports fundamental research at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and encourages research collaborations with scholars at MSIs. Social, Behavioral and Economic (SBE) Sciences Directorate offers Build and Broaden 3.0 in order to increase proposal submissions, advance research collaborations and networks involving MSI scholars, and support research activities in the SBE sciences at MSIs. The Build and Broaden 3.0 solicitation is designed specifically for impact at MSIs. Proposals that outline research projects in the SBE sciences that increase students’ pursuit of graduate training, enhance PI productivity, or cultivate partnerships with researchers at other institutions are especially encouraged to apply. Proposals are invited from single Principal Investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from a group of MSIs. Principal Investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or Senior Personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals may address any of the scientific areas supported by SBE.


NSF Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
Amount: varies by type of award
Internal Deadline: January 7, 2022
Deadline: March 25, 2022

Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. The internal competition for this opportunity can be found HERE.

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education. IGE projects are intended to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches. The program addresses both workforce development, emphasizing broad participation, and institutional capacity building needs in graduate education. Strategic collaborations with the private sector, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), government agencies, national laboratories, field stations, teaching and learning centers, informal science centers, and academic partners are encouraged.


NSF Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE)
Amount: varies by track (see RFA for details)
Internal Deadline: TBD
Deadline: varies by track (see RFA for details)

NOTE: This is a limited submission opportunity. Questions about internal submissions can be directed to Tyler Matsamas.

The NSF ADVANCE program contributes to the National Science Foundation's goal of a more diverse and capable science and engineering workforce. In this solicitation, the NSF ADVANCE program seeks to build on prior NSF ADVANCE work and other research and literature concerning gender, racial, and ethnic equity. The NSF ADVANCE program goal is to broaden the implementation of evidence-based systemic change strategies that promote equity for STEM faculty in academic workplaces and the academic profession. The NSF ADVANCE program provides grants to enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and to mitigate the systemic factors that create inequities in the academic profession and workplaces. Systemic (or organizational) inequities may exist in areas such as policy and practice as well as in organizational culture and climate. For example, practices in academic departments that result in the inequitable allocation of service or teaching assignments may impede research productivity, delay advancement, and create a culture of differential treatment and rewards. Similarly, policies and procedures that do not mitigate implicit bias in hiring, tenure, and promotion decisions could lead to women and racial and ethnic minorities being evaluated less favorably, perpetuating historical under-participation in STEM academic careers and contributing to an academic climate that is not inclusive. NOTE: There are four tracks with varying requirements and deadlines. See full RFA for details.


NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program
Amount: $3,000,000
Internal Deadline: TBD 2022
Deadline: September 6, 2022

NOTE: This is a limited submission opportunity. Questions about internal submissions can be directed to Tyler Matsamas (vprgrants@utah.edu).

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, through a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Proposals are requested that address any interdisciplinary or convergent research theme of national priority, as noted above.


NSF Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE)
Amount: Average award is $350,000
Deadline: None
NSF seeks to strengthen the future U.S. Engineering workforce by enabling the participation of all citizens through the support of research in the science of Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE). The BPE program is a dedicated to supporting the development of a diverse and well-prepared engineering workforce. BPE focuses on enhancing the diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented populations in engineering, including gender identity and expression, race and ethnicity (African Americans/Blacks, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders), disability, LGBTQ+, first generation college and socio-economic status. BPE is interested in funding research that spans K-12 to workforce and offers the greatest return on investment. BPE funded research should produce outcomes that are scalable, sustainable, and applicable to various contexts, settings, and demographics within the engineering enterprise. BPE is particularly interested in research that employs intersectional approaches in recognition that gender, race and ethnicity do not exist in isolation from each other and from other categories of social identity.

NIH Measures and Methods to Advance Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities-Related Constructs (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $500,000 direct costs annually
Deadline: February 5, 2022
This initiative will support research to improve the measures and methods for complex social constructs that capture the lived experience of populations that experience health disparities. The NIH-designated U.S. populations with health disparities are racial and ethnic minority groups, sexual and gender minority groups, underserved rural populations, and socioeconomically disadvantaged populations of any race or ethnicity.


NIH NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award to Promote Diversity (K08 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: Award budgets are composed of salary and other program-related expenses (see FOA for details)
Deadline: Standard Dates Apply (new submissions: February 12, 2022; June 12, 2022; October 12, 2022)
The purpose of the NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Career Development Award (K08) program is to prepare individuals for careers that have a significant impact on the health-related research needs of the nation. This program represents the continuation of a long-standing NIH program that provides support and protected time to individuals with a clinical doctoral degree or a health professional doctoral degree for an intensive, supervised research career development experience in the fields of biomedical and behavioral research, including translational research. This NCI-sponsored K08 award is specifically designed to enhance the diversity in the NCI-funded cancer research workforce by supporting eligible clinical scientists from diverse backgrounds, including groups that have been shown to be nationally underrepresented in health-related sciences and for those who are committed to a career in basic biomedical, behavioral or translational cancer research, including research on cancer health disparities. The expectation is that through this sustained period of research career development and training, awardees will develop enhanced research capabilities for cancer research careers and be better prepared to compete for research project grants (e.g. R03, R21, or R01) funding. 


NIH MOSAIC Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity
Amount: Salary and other program-related expenses
Deadline: February 12, June 12, October 12 (NIH Standard Dates)
The purpose of the Maximizing Opportunities for Scientific and Academic Independent Careers (MOSAIC) Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity (K99/R00) program is to support a cohort of early career, independent investigators from diverse backgrounds conducting research in NIH mission areas. The long-term goal of this program is to enhance diversity in the biomedical research workforce. The MOSAIC K99/R00 program is designed to facilitate a timely transition of promising postdoctoral researchers from diverse backgrounds (e.g., see NIH’s Interest in Diversity) from their mentored, postdoctoral research positions to independent, tenure-track or equivalent faculty positions at research-intensive institutions. The MOSAIC K99/R00 program will provide independent NIH research support before and after this transition to help awardees launch successful, independent research careers. Additionally, MOSAIC K99/R00 scholars will be part of organized scientific cohorts and will be expected to participate in mentoring, networking, and professional development activities coordinated by MOSAIC Institutionally-Focused Research Education Award to Promote Diversity (UE5) grantees.


NIH NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01)
Deadlines: February 12, June 12, October 12 (NIH Standard Dates)
Amount: $975,000
The purpose of the NINDS Faculty Development Award to Promote Diversity in Neuroscience Research (K01) is to diversify the pool of independent neuroscience research investigators by providing junior faculty with research cost support, protected research time and career stage appropriate professional development mentorship in neuroscience research. Individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in biomedical research are eligible for support under this award if they have doctoral research degrees (Ph.D. or equivalent) and are in the first 3 years of a faculty tenure track or equivalent position at the time of application. Note that PAR-21-234 (No Independent Clinical Trials) and PAR-21-153 (Clinical Trial Required) are both available.


NIH NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award to Promote Diversity in the Dental, Oral and Craniofacial Workforce (K01 Independent Basic Experimental Studies with Humans Required)
Amount: Up to $125,000 per year
Deadline: January 7, 2022
The purpose of this NIDCR Mentored Career Development Award is to enhance the diversity of the independently funded dental, oral and craniofacial research workforce by providing a mentored research experience for eligible postdoctoral fellows and early career faculty from diverse backgrounds, including those who are from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences. This award provides salary and research support for a sustained period of protected time for intensive research career development under the guidance of an experienced mentor. This Funding Opportunity Announcement is for basic science experimental studies involving humans, referred to in NOT-OD-18-212 as prospective basic science studies involving human participants. These studies fall within the NIH definition of a clinical trial and also meet the definition of basic research. Types of studies that should submit under this FOA include studies that prospectively assign human participants to conditions (i.e., experimentally manipulate independent variables) and that assess biomedical or behavioral outcomes in humans for the purpose of understanding the fundamental aspects of phenomena without specific application towards processes or products in mind. Studies conducted with specific applications toward processes or products in mind should submit to the companion Clinical Trial Required FOA (PAR-18-359). Applicants not planning an independent clinical trial, or proposing to gain research experience in a clinical trial led by another investigator must apply to companion FOA (PAR-19-NNN).


NIH NIDDK Education Program Grants (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $500,000
Deadlines: January 28, 2022
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The overarching goals of the NIH R25 program are to: (1) complement and/or enhance the training of a workforce to meet the nation’s biomedical, behavioral and clinical research needs; (2) encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research; (3) help recruit individuals with specific specialty or disciplinary backgrounds to research careers in biomedical, behavioral and clinical sciences; and (4) foster a better understanding of biomedical, behavioral and clinical research and its implications.


NIH NIAID Research Education Program Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $1,625,000
LOI Deadline: Thirty (30) days prior to the application due date
Deadlines: January 25, 2022 (see RFA for more)
This NIAID Research Education Program Advancing the Careers of a Diverse Research Workforce is a specialized program designed to foster the development of research scientists from diverse backgrounds, including diverse career stages and underrepresented backgrounds. Thus, the NIAID encourages applications from applicant organizations that propose innovative courses for skills development, research experiences, and mentoring activities and that focus on factors that have been shown to affect retention of groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical research, including, but not limited to scientific networks, mentoring, and attention to structural and institutional environments regarding inclusion. Programs that target more than one career stage and/or career transitions for career progression and advancement are strongly encouraged. Programs in response to this FOA should focus on asset models and leadership opportunities, rather than solely on deficit models of approach and remediation.


NIH Initiative to Maximize Research Education in Genomics:  Diversity Action Plan (R25)
Amount: $1,500,000
LOI Deadline: 30 days before application deadline
Proposal Deadline: January 25, 2022
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching goal of this NHGRI Diversity Action Plan (DAP) R25 program is to support educational activities that enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral, social and clinical research workforce in genomics. This funding opportunity announcement seeks to expose students at the undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate levels who are from diverse backgrounds, including those from underrepresented groups, to the foundational sciences relevant to genomics to enable them to pursue careers that span all areas of interest to NHGRI - genome sciences, genomic medicine and genomics and society.


NIH Short-Term Research Education Program to Enhance Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $770,000
LOI Deadline: Thirty (30) days prior to the application due date
Deadline: February 23, 2022; August 9, 2022
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The over-arching goal of this National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) R25 program is to support educational activities within the mission areas of the NHLBI that can enhance the diversity of the biomedical, behavioral and clinical research workforce by providing research experiences and related opportunities in the mission areas of the NHLBI to undergraduate and health professional students from diverse backgrounds, including those from nationally underrepresented groups (Notice of NIH's Interest in Diversity, NOT-OD-20-031).


NIH T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: NHLBI intends to commit $8,750,000 in FY 2022 through FY 2028 to fund up to 2 new awards per fiscal year in FY 2022, FY 2023, and FY 2024.
LOI Deadline: Thirty (30) days prior to the application due date
Deadlines: February 28, 2022
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to enhance the participation of individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that are nationally underrepresented in cardiovascular, pulmonary, hematologic and sleep disorders research across the career development continuum by providing support to institutions that promote diversity. The NHLBI's T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award Program intended to support training of predoctoral and health professional students and individuals in postdoctoral training institutions with an institutional mission focused on serving health disparity populations not well represented in scientific research, or institutions that have been identified by federal legislation as having an institutional mission focused on these populations, with the potential to develop meritorious training programs in cardiovascular, pulmonary, and hematologic diseases, and sleep disorders. These institutions are uniquely positioned to engage minority and other health disparity populations in research, translation, and implementation of research advances that impact health outcomes, as well as provide health care for these populations.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed Trainees to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor.


NIH HEAL Initiative: Preventing Opioid Misuse and Co-Occurring Conditions by Intervening on Social Determinants (R01 Clinical Trials Optional)
Amount: according to scope
Deadline: March 2, 2022
In April 2018, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) launched the Helping to End Addiction Long-termSMInitiative or HEAL InitiativeSM, an aggressive, trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid public health crisis. Through this initiative the National Institute on Drug Abuse, in partnership with other NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, requests applications for studies designed to develop and test multi-level interventions to prevent opioid misuse, opioid use disorder, and co-occurring conditions by intervening on social determinants of health (SDOH).This initiative aims to build an evidence base for multi-level interventions that target malleable factors and conditions affecting the social context. Applications must seek to reduce health inequities in a U.S. population or population subgroup affected by the opioid crisis by studying the effects of a theory driven, multi-level intervention on the prevention of opioid misuse/opioid use disorder and co-occurring conditions. Such conditions could include mental health conditions and/or suicide, and may also include other substance use and substance use-related outcomes. The research project must examine the mechanisms by which the interventions exert their effects, and conduct economic analyses to inform decisions about adoption of strategies. Investigators should study interventions that are  sustainable and easily taken to scale if effective.


NIH Understanding Place-Based Health Inequalities in Mid-Life (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $400,000 per year in direct costs
Deadline: March 3, 2022
The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support research that uncovers potential modifiable explanations about how “places” (e.g., countries, US Census regions, states, counties, neighborhoods, and locations across the urban-rural continuum) are related to morbidity and mortality among middle-aged adults in order to inform policy responses to address poor mid-life health and health disparities. Specifically, this FOA will support studies that: 1) clarify social, economic, behavioral, and institutional explanations for place-based health disparities (levels and trends), 2) examine intersections between place and sociodemographic characteristics (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity) to better understand and address processes driving other health disparities, and/or 3) include data collection and data enhancements to support 1 and 2.


NIA MSTEM: Advancing Diversity in Aging Research through Undergraduate Education (R25 - Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $375,000 per year
Deadline: May 25, 2022
The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research educational activities that complement other formal training programs in the mission areas of the NIH Institutes and Centers. The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research. The National Institute on Aging is seeking applications that offer (1) structured research experiences, (2) tailored learning opportunities, (3) an emphasis on explaining the relevance of aging and the science of aging to students' lives, and (4) opportunities to engage fellow students with an interest in science in order to develop a cadre of graduates who will go on to research careers allowing them to diversify the research workforce on aging, enrich the questions asked, and expand the scope of interventions developed from the research. The means to achieve this end may include structured research experiences or other targeted activities.


NIH Enhancing Science, Technology, EnginEering, and Math Educational Diversity (ESTEEMED) Research Education Experiences (R25)
Amount: varies according to scope
Internal Deadline: TBD 2022
LOI Deadline: May 24, 2022
Sponsor Deadline: June 24, 2022

NOTE: This is a limited submission opportunity. Questions about internal submissions can be directed to Tyler Matsamas.

The NIH Research Education Program (R25) supports research education activities in the mission areas of the NIH.  The overarching goal of this R25 program is to support educational activities that encourage individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, to pursue further studies or careers in research. With ESTEEMED, National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB) focuses on early preparation for undergraduate students in bioengineering or STEM fields relevant to bioengineering, such as engineering or the physical/computational sciences, which play key roles in biomedical technologies and innovation. Participants should be from diverse backgrounds and interested in ultimately pursuing a Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree and a research career integrating engineering and the physical sciences with medicine and biology. The program activities will begin in the summer before the freshman year and continue through the summer following the sophomore year. At that time, participants will be expected to enter an honors program that prepares high-achieving STEM students for doctoral programs in biomedical research fields. Therefore, only institutions with a federally or institutionally funded honors program that is open to students in the junior and senior years and that promotes STEM and entrance into a Ph.D. program are eligible to apply.


NIH Effectiveness of School-Based Health Centers to Advance Health Equity (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Amount: varies according to scope
Deadline: February 5, 2022; June 5, 2022; October 5, 2022
The goals of this FOA are to support multidisciplinary research that investigates the effectiveness of SBHCs as a health services care delivery model to detect, manage, and prevent chronic illnesses that disproportionately burden underserved youth. The mechanisms of impact by which SBHCs improve the health of at-risk populations such as sexual and gender minority youth, immigrant youth, and youth who reside in rural areas are also a relevant focus for understanding effective models of SBHCs. Applications are expected to provide a conceptual model that describes hypothesized causal pathways by which SBHCs engage underserved youth to improve health outcomes and how SBHCs may complement (or reduce) the use of other services.


NIH Research to Improve Native American Health (R21 Clinical Trials Optional)
Amount: $275,000
LOI Deadline: 30 days prior to application due date
Deadline: May 17, 2022
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is 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.  Applications may include 1) etiologic research, where there is a significant gap in knowledge, that will directly inform intervention development or adaptations, 2) research to develop and pilot test new or adapted interventions for feasibility, acceptability, and scalability, 3) research to test the short-term efficacy of interventions, 4) where a sufficient body of knowledge on intervention efficacy exists, research on strategies to overcome barriers to the adoption, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of effective interventions. Native Americans have highly disparate rates of disease across many health outcomes such as chronic disease, substance abuse, mental illness and sexually transmitted diseases. These disease outcomes in many cases can be traced to socio-structural factors and social determinants of health such as poverty, unemployment, and poor access to health care in combination with unique factors impacting Native people, such as historical trauma. In the face of these structural challenges, resiliencies and strengths within Native communities and individuals have been drawn upon to improve health outcomes.


NIH Faculty Institutional Recruitment for Sustainable Transformation (FIRST) Program: FIRST Cohort (U54 Clinical Trial Optional)
Amount: $10,245,000
The NIH intends to commit up to a total of $70.5M total costs over five years to fund up to four awards starting in fiscal year 2022.
Internal Deadline: TBD 2022
Deadline: TBD 2022

NOTE: This is a limited submission opportunity. Questions about internal submissions can be directed to Tyler Matsamas (vprgrants@utah.edu).

The purpose of the FIRST Cohort is to transform culture at NIH-funded extramural institutions by building a self-reinforcing community of scientists committed to diversity and inclusive excellence. Implementing and sustaining cultures of inclusive excellence within the program has the potential to be transformational for biomedical research at the awardee institutions and beyond. This community will be built through recruitment of a diverse group of faculty who are competitive for an advertised research tenure-track or equivalent faculty position (positions must be at the Assistant Professor (or equivalent) level), have not held a position at this level, and have demonstrated strong commitment to promoting diversity and inclusive excellence. The FIRST program will test the primary hypothesis that a cohort model of faculty hiring, sponsorship, continual mentoring, and support for professional development, embedded within an institution implementing evidence-based practices to create academic cultures of inclusive excellence, will achieve significant improvements in metrics of institutional culture and biomedical research workforce diversity.


Exploratory Grant Award to Promote Workforce Diversity in Basic Cancer Research (R21 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $275,000
Deadline: November 17, 2021; June 14, 2022
The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide support for New Investigators and Early Stage Investigators (ESIs) from diverse backgrounds, including those from nationally underrepresented groups, who have entered the research pipeline and are interested in developing innovative studies in cancer biology. These include but are not limited to, those individuals who have been supported by programs under the Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) such as the Career Development Awards, Diversity Supplements, and those investigators participating as project leaders or co-investigators on research projects in the Partnerships to Advance Cancer Health Equity (PACHE). This initiative will also provide a bridge to investigators who have completed their training and may need extra time and/or support to develop a larger research project grant (e.g., R01) application.


NIH Research Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (Admin Supp - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: See RFA for details
Deadline: Submission dates vary by awarding IC
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention hereby notify Program Director(s)/Principal Investigator(s) (PD(s)/PI(s)) holding specific types of research grants (activity codes listed in RFA) that funds are available for administrative supplements to enhance the diversity of the research workforce by recruiting and supporting students, postdoctorates, and eligible investigators from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related research. This supplement opportunity is also available to PD(s)/PI(s) of research grants who are or become disabled and need additional support to accommodate their disability in order to continue to work on the research project.  Administrative supplements must support work within the scope of the original project.

CDC National Initiative to Advance Health Equity in K-12 Education by Preventing Chronic Disease and Promoting Healthy Behaviors
Amount: $400,000
Deadline: January 10, 2022
The purpose of this 5-year cooperative agreement is to improve the health and well-being of
children, adolescents, and school staff in underserved and disproportionately affected communities. The CDC’s Healthy Schools Branch plans to fund four nationally recognized recipients with expertise and experience providing support to CDC-funded state education agencies, districts, schools, out-of-school time providers, and the organization’s constituents in the following priority areas:
Priority 1 - School Health Services
Priority 2 - Emotional Well-Being
Priority 3 - Healthy Out-of-School-Time
Priority 4 - School Administrator Support and Action for Healthy Schools
Recipients will provide support through professional development and technical assistance,
dissemination, partnerships, and implementation. Expected outcomes to be achieved by the end of the 5-year period of performance include: (1) Increased use of CDC and other evidence-based tools and resources; (2) Increased adoption and implementation of evidence-based school health policies, practices, and programs among state education agencies, districts, schools, and out-of-school time programs; and (3) Expansion of school-based mental health and health services.


Department of State, U.S. Mission to Canada: Advancing Diversity and Inclusion Grant Program
Amount: $15,000 - $100,000
Deadlines: January 14, 2022; March 7, 2022; May 4, 2022; July 6, 2022
The U.S. Embassy and Consulates in Canada invites proposals from non-governmental organizations, think tanks, government institutions, and academic institutions for programs that strengthen the bilateral ties between the United States and Canada and support the Roadmap for a Roadmap for a Renewed U.S.-Canada Partnership Pillar Advancing Diversity and Inclusion, including, but not limited to:

  • Programs that address common challenges and share best practices around creating more effective, equitable, and inclusive approaches to community safety, criminal justice, and law enforcement.
  • Programs focused on combatting systemic racism and discrimination and sharing best practices for promoting diversity and inclusion in both the public and private sectors.
  • Programs on Higher Education and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).

Economic Development Administration (EDA) ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO
Amount: $25,000,000 (award ceiling; estimated total program funding $500,000,000)
Deadline: January 26, 2022
Through this American Rescue Plan Act Good Jobs Challenge Notice of Funding Opportunity (ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO), EDA aims to assist communities and regions impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. The pandemic has caused, and continues to cause, economic injury to U.S. communities and regions in devastating and unprecedented ways. This ARPA Good Jobs Challenge NOFO is designed to help get Americans back to work by developing and strengthening regional systems to develop and execute sectoral partnerships that will lead to well-paying jobs. The goal of regional workforce training systems is to create and implement effective employer-driven training programs that will connect the existing and emerging skills needs of employers with workers and will help workers find and keep quality jobs and advance along their chosen career path. Regional workforce training systems and sectoral partnerships funded under this NOFO should connect employers in an industry with key regional stakeholders, including state and local governmental entities, economic development organizations, workforce development boards, employer-facing organizations, education and training providers, community‑based organizations (CBOs), worker-serving organizations (WSOs), and/or labor unions. The system or partnership should be led by a System Lead Entity or Backbone Organization, respectively, serving as an intermediary that has convening power in the region and the capacity to coordinate all necessary stakeholders. EDA also encourages systems and partnerships to address populations with labor market barriers such as persons with disabilities, at-risk youth, individuals in recovery, individuals with past criminal records including justice‑impacted and reentry participants, and veterans.


Department of Education: High School Equivalency Program (HEP)
Amount: $475,000 (estimated total program funding is $12,574,487)
Deadline: February 1, 2022
The HEP is designed to assist migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or immediate family members of such workers) to obtain the equivalent of a secondary school diploma and subsequently to gain improved employment, enter into military service, or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.


Department of Education: College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)
Amount: $475,000 (estimated total program funding is $13,800,166)
Deadline: February 1, 2022
The CAMP is designed to assist migratory or seasonal farmworkers (or immediate family members of such workers) who are enrolled or are admitted for enrollment on a full-time basis at an institution of higher education (IHE) to complete their first academic year.


DOD Office of Naval Research (ONR) Science, Technology,Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Program
Amount: $1,000,000
Deadline: March 30, 2022
The Office of Naval Research (ONR) seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways and workforce opportunities for diverse U.S. citizens directly relevant to ONR science and technology areas


USAID Higher Education for Leadership, Innovation, and Exchange (HELIX), A New Partnerships Initiative (NPI)
Deadline: April 2, 2023
Amount: $60,000,000
USAID/E3/ED, in partnership with Mission(s), Bureaus, and Independent Offices (M/B/IOs) from across the Agency, through this Higher Education for Leadership, Innovation, and Exchange (HELIX) Annual Program Statement (APS) aims to improve partner country higher education individual, institutional, and organizational capacity for change by supporting opportunities for partnerships, scholarships, exchanges, fellowships, internships, apprenticeships, work-based learning, research, communities of practice, and other relevant forms of capacity development and change management. The aim of this APS is to support solutions that will create meaningful change at the individual, institutional, and/or system level, with, in connection to, or through higher education, as a country moves forward in its Journey to Self-Reliance. This is planned to be achieved under the umbrella of the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI). The Higher Education for Leadership, Innovation, and Exchange (HELIX) APS is not a Request for Applications (RFA). Rather, the HELIX APS requests Concept Note(s) in response to addenda published to this APS. USAID’s E3 Bureau Office of Education (E3/ED) and supporting Bureaus anticipate awarding multiple grants and/or cooperative agreements as there is no predefined minimum or maximum number of awards.

Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program
Amount: $60,000
Deadline: January 12, 2022
Postdoctoral Diversity Enrichment Program (PDEP) provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the United States or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.


William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants on Reducing Inequality (Major Research Grants)
Amount: typically range between $100,000 and $600,000
LOI Deadline: January 12, 2022
The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. Our focus on reducing inequality grew out of our view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality—it can generate effective responses. We believe that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality. Toward this end, we seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. (For smaller grants, see William T. Grant Foundation’s Officers’ Research Grants.)


William T. Grant Foundation Research Grants on Reducing Inequality (Officers’ Research Grants)
Amount: range between $5,000 and $50,000
LOI Deadline: January 12, 2022
The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes. Our focus on reducing inequality grew out of our view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality—it can generate effective responses. We believe that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality. Toward this end, we seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins. (For larger grants, see William T. Grant Foundation’s Major Research Grants.)

 

 

Last Updated: 12/17/21