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Extramural Funding Opportunities in DEI 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 also published on this site, 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 may have changed details of the opportunity since it was posted here.

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


NIH Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Amount: according to scope
Deadline: June 5, 2023; October 5, 2023; February 5, 2024

The NIH Research With Activities Related to Diversity (ReWARD) Program’s overarching goal is to enhance the breadth and geographical location of research and research-related activities supported by NIH. The ReWARD program provides support for the health-related research of scientists who are making a significant contribution to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) and who have no current NIH research project grant funding. The ReWARD program provides funding for both the scientific research and the DEIA activities of investigators. The grant will support scientific research in areas related to the programmatic interests of one or more of the participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) and ongoing DEIA activities focused on enhancing diversity in the biomedical research enterprise within the United States and territories.

NIH Integrating Health Disparities into Immuno-Oncology (HDIO) (P20 Clinical Trial Not Allowed)
Amount: $500,000 direct costs
Deadline: June 30, 2023

Through this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), the National Cancer Institute (NCI) intends to support planning and feasibility studies to integrate cancer health disparities into immuno-oncology research studies. This FOA is expected to enable complementary, multi-disciplinary research teams to address interdisciplinary research to integrate cancer health disparities into immuno-oncology research. It is anticipated these feasibility or pilot studies will support the exploration of novel or high-risk research hypotheses.

NIH Emergency Award: RADx-®UP Dissemination and Implementation (D&I) Research on COVID-19 Testing Interventions among Underserved and Vulnerable Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Amount: $1.8M direct costs
Deadline: July 10, 2023

The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) is to support dissemination and implementation (D&I) research focused on increasing access to and uptake of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) testing interventions – with the goal of reducing COVID-19 disparities and promoting health equity among underserved and vulnerable populations. This NOFO will support D&I research on how evidence-based practices, interventions, and policies are effectively translated to and used in real-world settings. Projects may evaluate the adoption, adaptation, integration, scale-up, and sustainability of evidence-based interventions, or seek to understand the “de-implementation” of practices that are ineffective, low-value, or inequitable. Interventions developed through the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics – Underserved Populations (RADx®-UP) initiative are encouraged, but not required.



RWJF: Health Equity Scholars for Action
Amount: $260,000
LOI Deadline: May 31, 2023

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation supports research that identifies the systemic root causes of U.S. health inequities, which have strong links to structural racism and other forms of oppression. We believe a diverse academic workforce that encompasses varied perspectives and lived experiences will best advance this research agenda. Yet the scholarship of individuals from certain communities, especially Black individuals; Indigenous people; people of color; individuals from low-income communities; individuals with disabilities; LGBTQIA+ individuals; non-native English speakers; first generation college graduates—and individuals who identify with more than one of these groups—has not been adequately supported in academia. Structural racism and discrimination have created obstacles for many qualified individuals when starting or advancing an academic career path. The goal of Health Equity Scholars for Action (HES4A) is to enhance the supports, resources, and community necessary for participants with historically underrepresented backgrounds (HURs) to thrive professionally and personally. In turn, researchers will be better able to contribute to and expand health equity-related research and evidence that dismantle systemic and structural barriers to health and wellbeing.

RWJF: Data Visualization of Structural Racism and Place
Amount: typical range is $100,000 to $250,000
Deadline: June 2, 2023

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

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), its grantees, and partners have demonstrated the impact of using data to communicate and increase understanding of how the conditions of place impact community health. Structural racism produces a complex set of barriers (often invisible) that undermines opportunities for health and wellbeing for many communities. Yet researchers and data producers—especially those with vital comprehensive, nationwide data that include findings at smaller state and local levels—often struggle to communicate their findings in ways that resonate for policymakers, community partners, and others who are best positioned to make decisions informed by this information. Data visualization, or tools that make it easy to visualize complex measures, can be a powerful means to communicate data showing structural racism’s impact on communities and to contextualize the legacy of racism. This Call for Proposals will fund up to eight interdisciplinary teams that each consist of researchers/data producers, data scientists, communications experts, designers, and national social change networks/alliances or national-level social change organizations. Funding will support the creation of data visualizations as tools to provide an understanding of structural racism’s impact on place, health, and wellbeing.