The National Institute of Health (NIH) requests research grant applications to support collaborative investigative teams or individual scientists who propose unusually innovative research projects, which, if successful, would have a major impact in developing, disseminating, or implementing innovative and effective interventions and/or strategies that prevent, reduce, or eliminate health disparities and inequities. Research addressing community-prioritized research questions, cross-cutting issues such as social determinants of health across sectors, multiple levels and systems that contribute to health disparities, and/or priority areas of multiple NIH Institutes and Centers are particularly encouraged. Applicants may propose projects addressing any disease, condition, or health-related topic with demonstrated health disparities/inequities.
Although applicants will be able to propose their own ideas within this sphere, NIH has a special interest in developing, understanding, and deploying interventions that address social determinants of health disparities. Although a formative observational component may be necessary for some projects, each project is required to include an intervention component. Projects that include multilevel interventions are strongly encouraged. To be considered transformative, projects should reflect ideas substantially different from mainstream concepts and have high potential to lead to major improvements in health through the development, implementation, or dissemination of highly innovative interventions to address health disparities and advance health equity. Innovative interventions could take many forms, including technology.
Letters of Intent are due April 28, 2021. Applications are due May 28, 2021.