Skip to content

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 are published HERE, 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.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity
Amount: according to scope of project
Deadline: rolling basis

Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. We are concerned both with the direct impacts of structural racism on the health and well-being of people and communities of color (e.g., Black, Latina/o/x, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander people, and other races and ethnicities)—as well as the ways in which racism intersects with other forms of marginalization, such as having low income, being an immigrant, having a disability, or identifying as LGBTQ+ or a gender minority. This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health
Amount: no explicit range (average for 2019 was $315,031)
Deadline: rolling basis

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. We want to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes we seek require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization or sector. 


Foundation for Women's Cancer Diversity and Health Equity Research Grant
Amount: $75,000
Abstract Application Deadline: October 8, 2021
Full Proposal: December 21, 2021

Research among diverse populations has demonstrated disparities in treatment outcomes, access to care, genetic testing rates, and disease survival across many diseases. This renewed Diversity and Health Equity Research Grant is a one-year project where the funding is available for two $75,000 Research grants. The purpose of this award is to support research to understand and eliminate inequities in cancer care, specifically related to differential outcomes experienced by women from underserved or marginalized populations with gynecologic cancer, as well as to increase representation of underrepresented groups in gynecologic oncology as a strategy to achieve health equity for underserved women. Those eligible for applying are those who propose a study focused on a marginalized group, or those who identify as being from an under-represented group within the field of research.


 Alzheimer's Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity (AARG-D)
Amount: $150,000
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 8, 2021
Full Application Deadline: November 19, 2021

The Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity award is up to three years (minimum two years) to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups at academic institutions in Alzheimer’s or all other dementia research. The objective of this award is to increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds whose basic, clinical and social/behavioral research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to Alzheimer’s and all other dementias in general and in health disparities populations. The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the need to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups participating in biomedical and behavioral research. The Association anticipates that by providing these research opportunities, the number of scientists from underrepresented groups entering and remaining in biomedical research careers in Alzheimer’s and all other dementia will increase.


 Alzheimer's Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity - New to the Field (AARG-D-NTF)
Amount: $150,000
Letter of Intent Deadline: October 8, 2021
Full Application Deadline: November 19, 2021

The Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to Promote Diversity- New to the Field award is up to three years (minimum two years) to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups at academic institutions in Alzheimer’s and all other dementia research. The AARG-D-NTF aims to fund investigators that are new to Alzheimer’s and all dementia field of research. Individuals who are new to the field of neuroscience or neurodegeneration (Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Lewy body dementia, etc.) will be considered for this program. The objective of this award is to increase the number of highly trained investigators from diverse backgrounds whose basic, clinical and social/behavioral research interests are grounded in the advanced methods and experimental approaches needed to solve problems related to Alzheimer’s and all dementias in general and in health disparities populations. The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the need to increase the number of scientists from underrepresented groups participating in biomedical and behavioral research. The Association anticipates that by providing these research opportunities, the number of scientists from underrepresented groups entering and remaining in biomedical research careers in Alzheimer’s and all other dementia research will increase.


NSF Racial Equity in STEM Education (EHR Racial Equity)
Amount: 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.


U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service: Conservation Outreach: Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements
Amount: $1,000,000 (estimated total program funding $50,000,000)
Deadline: October 25, 2021

Note: This is a limited submission opportunity. Please contact Tyler Matsamas if considering applying.

The Office of Outreach and Partnerships Division (OPD) within the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) provides leadership and funding to ensure that all programs and services are made accessible to all NRCS customers, fairly and equitably, with emphasis on reaching the underserved and socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers and landowners. In this Request for Applications (RFA), NRCS requests applications for four OPD priority areas through the Racial Equity and Justice Conservation Cooperative Agreements. The goal of this outreach is for NRCS in collaboration with partners to expand the delivery of conservation assistance to historically underserved farmers and ranchers, including socially disadvantaged, limited resource, beginning, tribal and veteran. Proposals should support activities that introduce the concepts of climate-smart agriculture and to assist producers with planning and implementation of conservation practices and principles.


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice
Amount: Up to $500,000
LOI Deadline: November 4, 2021
Full Proposal Deadline: February 8, 2022

The People, Parks, and Power initiative comes at a critical moment. Imbalances in political and economic power and a legacy of racial discrimination in the conservation movement have excluded groups led by people of color from full participation in park and green space work or have tokenized their involvement. The P3 initiative is grounded in the premise that urban parks are essential community infrastructure that should serve every neighborhood in a fair, just, and safe manner, without displacing longtime residents or community-serving businesses. P3 will support community-based organizations and base-building groups working in urban, low-income communities of color across the United States to increase park equity through local policy and systems change. The geographic focus of the P3 initiative is urban areas—with a particular interest in small and midsized cities (under 500,000 population). We strongly encourage community-based organizations to apply, especially those led by people of color working to build community power at the citywide, countywide, or districtwide level. Until the policies, institutional practices, power dynamics, and problematic narratives that produced these inequities in the first place are transformed, park inequities will persist or worsen. Therefore, the “north star” of the P3 initiative is upstream policy and systems change, not planning, building, or operating individual, on-the-ground projects. We are interested in funding a spectrum of eligible organizations across the United States that either are in later or early stages of policy advocacy and systems change efforts to advance park equity.


Providing Research Education Experiences to Enhance Diversity in the Next Generation of Substance Use and Addiction Scientists (R25 Clinical Trials Not Allowed)
Amount: $250,000 per year
Deadlines: November 15, 2021; March 15, 2022; August 10, 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 mission of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is to advance science on the causes and consequences of substance use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. This funding opportunity seeks to facilitate the research education of undergraduate students, postbaccalaureate students, predoctoral students, postdoctoral fellows, and/or early-stage faculty from diverse backgrounds (including those from underrepresented groups) who are knowledgeable about substance use and addiction research, and plan to study this research area later in their careers.


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.


Brady Education Foundation
Amount: varies according to scope
Deadlines for Stage 1 Proposal: December 1, 2021; March 4, 2022; August 1, 2022

The Foundation is currently accepting proposals focused on evaluating programs that have the potential of helping to close the opportunity and resulting achievement gaps associated with race and family income. The primary aim must concern evaluating the effectiveness of programs designed to promote positive cognitive and/or achievement outcomes for children (birth through 18 years) from underserved groups and/or low-resourced communities (specifically minoritized ethnic groups, low-income families) in order to inform ways to close the educational opportunity gaps associated with race and income. Secondary aims may also focus on one or more of the following: What works for whom, under what conditions: Investigate variations in program effects; that is, test for moderation effects that inform whether effects are stronger for certain groups and/or under certain conditions than other groups or conditions. Reasons for effects: Investigate mechanisms through which effects occur; that is, test for mediation effects that inform why the program is effective. Cost-benefit analyses: Compare the total costs of the program (start-up and ongoing operational costs) with its estimated monetary benefits to determine the net cost or benefit associated with the program.


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).


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.

Share this article:

 

Last Updated: 9/28/21