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Extramural Funding Opportunities in EDI Research

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 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 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 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: September 10, 2021; 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.


HHS Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity
Amount: $1,000,000
Deadline: August 16, 2021

This notice solicits applications for projects to establish a Center for Indigenous Innovation and Health Equity (CIIHE), for which Office of Minority Health (OMH) will provide the organizational structure and operational framework. The CIIHE will support efforts including education, service and policy development, and research related to advancing sustainable solutions to address health disparities and advance health equity in the American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) populations. The CIIHE award recipients (awardees) will function as a single initiative, coordinated by OMH, through two cooperative agreements to be awarded through this funding opportunity. Each award will focus on one of the two focus populations:
• AI/AN populations
• NHPI populations
An application may only address one focus population. An applicant may submit one
application for each focus population. The CIIHE initiative is expected to result in: (1) increased community capacity and knowledge of culturally appropriate, evidence-based and/or evidence-informed interventions, and policies that address health disparities in AI/AN and NHPI populations; (2) increased utilization of effective strategies to reduce AI/AN and NHPI health disparities; and (3) improved AI/AN and NHPI health and reduction of health disparities.


NSF AGEP: Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate
NOTE: some tracks require LOI or Preliminary Proposal, see RFA for details.
Amount: varies by type of award (see RFA for details)
Full Proposal Deadlines:
August 17, 2021:
 AGEP Catalyst Alliance proposals.
August 24, 2021: AGEP Faculty Career Pathways Alliance Model proposals. A Letter of Intent must first have been submitted.
August 25, 2022: AGEP Faculty Career Pathways Alliance Model proposals. A Letter of Intent must first have been submitted.
August 26, 2022: AGEP Institutional Transformation Alliance proposals. A preliminary proposal must have first been submitted.

The NSF's Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program contributes to the National Science Foundation's objective to foster the growth of a more capable and diverse research workforce. Through this solicitation, the NSF seeks to build on prior AGEP work, and other research and literature concerning racial and ethnic equity, in order to address the AGEP program goal to increase the number of historically underrepresented minority faculty in STEM. Furthering the AGEP goal requires advancing knowledge about new academic STEM career pathway models, and about evidence-based systemic or institutional change initiatives to promote equity and the professional advancement of the AGEP populations who are pursuing, entering and continuing in non-tenure and tenure-track STEM faculty positions. The NSF AGEP program seeks to fund grants that advance and enhance the systemic factors that support equity and inclusion and, consequently, mitigate the systemic inequities in the academic profession and workplace.


EPA-OCHP Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities
Amount: $200,000
Internal Deadline: August 12, 2021
Deadline: September 10, 2021

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

The purpose of this Children’s Healthy Learning Environments in Low-Income and/or Minority Communities solicitation (RFA) is to provide funds for capacity building activities to address disproportionate children’s environmental health harms and risks in school and/or childcare settings in, or that primarily serve, low-income and/or minority communities. This RFA provides funding directly to
organizations to support school- and/or childcare center-based capacity building projects that help school communities understand and address local environmental and public health issues that affect children. Projects must take place in schools and/or childcare centers that are located in minority and/or
low-income communities and/or primarily serve student populations that are minority and/or low-income (e.g., Head Start and Early Head Start programs, Title I schools, tribal schools).


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: September 13, 2021; 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.


NSF INCLUDES: Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (Alliances)
Amount: $2,000,000 to $3,000,000
In FY 2021, approximately $3,000,000 is available to fund the first year of Alliance cooperative agreements. NSF INCLUDES expects to provide up to $10 million in support for each Alliance over a five-year period of performance, contingent upon the availability of funds.
Internal Deadline: August 3, 2021
LOI Deadline: October 04, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline: January 25, 2022

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

With this solicitation, NSF is continuing to offer opportunities to propose an NSF INCLUDES Alliance that has the potential to substantially broaden the participation of individuals from underrepresented and underserved groups in STEM, especially in STEM fields that lack diversity. Alliances use lessons learned, promising practices, evidence-based mechanisms, the science of broadening participation, and the research and evaluations from past and present efforts related to broadening participation in STEM. Alliances bring together programs, people, organizations, technologies, and institutions to achieve results at scale, provide new research, and leverage NSF’s broadening participation investments. The NSF INCLUDES approach requires that each Alliance focus not only on its own vision and goals, but also work with other organizations within the NSF INCLUDES National Network.


NIH Comprehensive Care for Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus from Populations with Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Amount: $500,000
LOI Deadline: Thirty (30) days before the application due date
Deadlines: October 5, 2021; February 5, 2022; June 5, 2022

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to support innovative multidisciplinary, investigative, and collaborative research focused on developing and testing multi-level or multi-component strategies -including models of health care- that effectively adapt and implement recommended guidelines of comprehensive clinical care for individuals with Type 2 diabetes from populations with health disparities.


NIH BRAIN Initiative Advanced Postdoctoral Career Transition Award to Promote Diversity
Amount: The BRAIN Initiative intends to commit $4.0M per year in fiscal years 2020-2023 to fund an estimate of 20 awards per year.
Deadlines: October 06, 2021; February 10, 2022; June 8, 2022; October 11, 2022

To enhance biomedical research workforce diversity by supporting a mentored research experience (K99) followed by independent research (R00) for postdoctoral fellows working in research areas supported by the BRAIN Initiative.  Note that RFA-NS-19-043  (Independent Clinical Trial Not Allowed) and RFA-NS-19-044  (Independent Clinical Trial Required) are both available.


NSF Racial Equity in STEM Education (EHR Racial Equity)

Amount:varies according to scope
Deadline: October 12, 2021; March 22, 2022

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research (both fundamental and applied) and practice. Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism. The voices, knowledge, and experiences of those who have been impacted by enduring racial inequities should be at the center of these proposals, including in, for example: project leadership and research positions, conceptualization of the proposal, decision-making processes, and the interpretation and dissemination of evidence and research results. The proposed work should provide positive outcomes for the individuals and communities engaged and should recognize peoples’ humanity, experiences, and resilience. Proposals need to consider systemic barriers to opportunities and benefits, and how these barriers impact access to, retention in, and success in STEM education, research, and workforce development. Competitive proposals will be clear with respect to how the work advances racial equity and addresses systemic racism, as these constructs may have different meanings in different settings.

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Last Updated: 8/2/21