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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. All available opportunities are published HERE, and will be updated bi-monthly. 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.


NIH Technology Development to Reduce Health Disparities (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Amount: $500,000 direct costs per year
Deadlines: February 11, 2022; January 26, 2023; January 26, 2024

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) encourages grant applications to develop and translate medical technologies aimed at reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes. Appropriate medical technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to those who need them.


NIH Small Grants for New Investigators to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research (R21 Clinical Trial Optional)

Amount: $125,000 direct costs per year
Deadlines: February 16, 2022; June 16, 2022; October 16, 2022

The purpose of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to provide support for new investigators from diverse backgrounds, including from groups nationally underrepresented in biomedical, clinical, behavioral, and social sciences research, to conduct small research projects in the scientific mission areas of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) or the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). New investigators at the time of award under this FOA will have had less than $125,000 direct costs of combined research funding (excluding NIH training and NIH career awards). This R21 will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources and seeks to facilitate transition to research independence. The R21 grant mechanism supports different types of projects including pilot and feasibility studies; secondary analysis of existing data; small, self-contained research projects; development of research methodology; and development of new research technology.


NIH Notice of Special Interest: Health Disparities and Alzheimer's Disease

Amount: N/A but see corresponding FOAs PAR-22-093 and PAR-22-094
Deadline: March 11, 2022

The need to diversify Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD) research cohorts and improve methods and tools for conducting health disparities research related to AD/ADRD has been emphasized by the National Alzheimer’s Project Act; the Alzheimer’s Research Summits (2012, 2015, and 2021); the National Research Summit on Care, Services, and Supports for Persons with Dementia and their Caregivers (2017 and 2020); and the Alzheimer’s Disease-Related Dementia Summits (2013, 2016, and 2019). To achieve such diversity, projects are needed that will increase enrollment of underrepresented populations, expand the use of existing cohorts, and create robust estimates of AD/ADRD in diverse populations. Improvements are also needed in research tools, research methods, and design and recruitment practices. The National Institute on Aging (NIA) is committed to diverse representation in all research studies, including clinical trials.


NSF Scholarships in STEM Network (S-STEM-Net)
S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center and S-STEM Research Hubs

Amount: $45,000,000 (anticipated funding amount for 1-11 awards)
LOI for Resource and Evaluation Center Deadline: February 2, 2022
Full Proposal Deadline: March 22, 2022

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

Through this solicitation, NSF seeks to foster a community for S-STEM stakeholders and further develop the infrastructure needed to generate and disseminate new knowledge, successful practices and effective design principles arising from NSF S-STEM projects nationwide. To support collaboration within the S-STEM network, NSF will fund two types of investments: An S-STEM Resource and Evaluation Center (S-STEM-REC) and several S-STEM Research Hubs (S-STEM-Hub). The S-STEM Network (S-STEM-Net) will collaborate to create synergies and sustain a robust national ecosystem consisting of multi-sector partners supporting domestic low-income STEM students in achieving their career goals, while also ensuring access, inclusion, and adaptability to changing learning needs. The infrastructure formed by the Hubs and the REC will also synthesize current achievements and investigate evolving barriers to the success of this student population. It will also disseminate the context and circumstances by which interventions and practices that support graduation of domestic low-income students pursuing careers in STEM are successful.


NSF EHR Core Research: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)

Amount: $12,000,000 (anticipated funding for 29 awards)
Deadline: March 29, 2022

ECR’s Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) supports projects that build investigators’ capacity to carry out high-quality STEM education research that will enhance the nation’s STEM education enterprise. In addition, ECR: BCSER seeks to broaden the pool of researchers who can advance knowledge regarding STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development. Researchers of races and ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, and abilities who are currently underrepresented in their participation in STEM education research and the STEM workforce, as well as faculty at minority-serving and two-year institutions, are particularly encouraged to submit proposals. Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable researchers to expand their areas of expertise and acquire the requisite knowledge and skills to conduct rigorous research in STEM education. Career development may be accomplished through investigator-initiated professional development and research projects or through institutes that enable researchers to integrate methodological strategies with theoretical and practical issues in STEM education.


NSF Dear Colleague Letter: Opportunities for Research and Education in the Critical-Zone (ORE-CZ)

Amount: $200,000
Deadline: April 30, 2022

With this Dear Colleague Letter, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Earth Sciences (EAR) within the Directorate for Geosciences (GEO) together with the Division of Human Resources Development (HRD) in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) announce an intent to expand the breadth of researchers investigating the dynamics and processes within Earth’s Critical Zone (CZ), the region that ranges from the weathered bedrock beneath the soil profile up to the top of the vegetation canopy.


NIH Risk and Protective Factors of Family Health and Family Level Interventions (R01 - Clinical Trial Optional)

Amount: according to scope
Deadlines: June 5, 2022; October 5, 2022; February 5, 2023

The purpose of this initiative is to advance the science of minority health and health disparities by supporting research on family health and well-being and resilience. The NIMHD Research Framework recognizes family health, family well-being, and family resilience as critically important areas of research to decrease disparities and promote equity.


NSF Leading Culture Change Through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS)

Amount: $500,000 - $2,000,000 depending on type of award
Deadline: July 1, 2022

The Leading Culture Change through Professional Societies of Biology (BIO-LEAPS) program aims to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the biological sciences broadly by leveraging the leadership, broad reach, and unique ability of professional societies to create culture change in the life sciences. The Directorate for Biological Sciences at the National Science Foundation (NSF BIO) recognizes that culture change in the biological sciences is an urgent priority because it is foundational to increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the discipline. The culture of a scientific discipline — defined here as the shared values, norms, traditions, and practices — can be thought of as an emergent property that results from years of experiences and interactions among scientists, their institutions, their professional societies, and their networks. It is increasingly recognized that the perceptions and attitudes of that culture can be quite variable for different individuals and are often negative for individuals historically excluded from the sciences (e.g., based on gender, gender identity, disability status, sexual orientation, ethnicity, race, the intersections of these, and others). Therefore, this program is designed to foster the necessary culture change within biology to move towards an equitable and inclusive culture that supports a diverse community of biologists that more fully reflects the demographic composition of the US population.

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Last Updated: 1/18/22