NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program (T37)

Funding Agency:
National Institutes of Health

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) awards. The Program supports research training activities in minority health and health disparities research for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research, at domestic institutions and/or at specified foreign low and middle income (LMIC) locations. This program is intended to promote both domestic and international training opportunities in a diverse and inclusive environment for eligible undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students, as well as for eligible residents, fellows and postdoctoral students.

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.

Only one application per institution is allowed.


  • Duke Internal Deadline: August 28, 2018
  • Letter of Intent Due Date(s): September 11, 2018
  • Application Due Date(s): New Date - October 24, 2018

RFA-MD-18-007 Expiration Date: New Date October 26, 2018 per issuance of NOT-MD-18-011. (Original Expiration Date: October 12, 2018)

If the internal deadline has passed and you are interested in this opportunity, please email Anastasia Maddox at to find out if it is still open.

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

The purpose of this program is to support NIOSH ERCs to address the burden of OSH in the United States by providing state-of-the-art interdisciplinary training for the next generation of OSH practitioners and researchers. - See more at:

Eligibility Requirements

The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential trainees and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

Program faculty should have strong records as researchers, including recent publications and successful competition for research support in the area of the proposed research training program.  Program faculty should also have a record of research training, including successful, former trainees who have established productive careers relevant to the NIH mission.  Researchers from diverse backgrounds, including racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, and women are encouraged to participate as mentors.

Applicant institutions are encouraged to recruit potential program participants from diverse backgrounds, including individuals from racial and ethnic groups that are underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical, or social sciences research workforce, individuals from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and persons with disabilities, as described in NOT-OD-18-210.

The individual to be trained must be a citizen or a noncitizen national of the United States or have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence at the time of appointment. Additional details on citizenship, training period, and aggregate duration of support are available in the NIH Grants Policy Statement.

All trainees are required to pursue their research training full time, normally defined as 40 hours per week, or as specified by the sponsoring institution in accordance with its own policies. Undergraduate trainees must be juniors or seniors. Post-baccalaureate trainees must have a BA or a BS from an accredited domestic or foreign academic institution. At least 50% of trainees each year must be at the pre-doctoral and/or post-doctoral level.

Predoctoral trainees must be enrolled in a program leading to a PhD or in an equivalent research doctoral degree program. Health-professional students who wish to interrupt their studies for a year or more to engage in full-time research training before completing their formal training programs, are also eligible.



      Amount Description

      Application budgets are limited to $250,000 in annual direct costs. Funds may be used only for expenses that are directly related to and necessary for the research training and must be expended in conformance with OMB Cost Principles, the NIH Grants Policy Statement, and the regulations, policies, guidelines and conditions set forth in this document.

      The scope of the proposed project should determine the project period. The maximum project period is 5 years.  

        Funding Type





        Curriculum Development
        Engineering and Physical Sciences
        International Opportunities
        Medical - Basic Science
        Medical - Clinical Science
        Medical - Translational
        Social Sciences

        Internal Nomination

        Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

        * A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
        * Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
        * CV or Biosketch of project leader

        Please submit internal materials through My Research Proposal. (Code ILN)

        Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here:

        Internal Deadline

        August 28, 2018

        External Deadline

        October 24, 2018