Repurposing Research Led By a US-Based Racial/Ethnic Minority PI

Funding Agency:
Cures Within Reach

This Request for Proposals (RFP) from Cures Within Reach (CWR) is seeking clinical repurposing trials in any disease led by a racial / ethnic minority that is underrepresented in biomedical research (as defined by the NIH;

  • Blacks or African Americans
  • Hispanics or Latinx
  • American Indians or Alaska Natives
  • Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders

CWR is interested in 1) promoting diversity, equity and inclusion in biomedical clinical research by supporting the careers of and 2) closing the NIH funding gap for underrepresented racial / ethnic groups through funding for clinical repurposing trials led by minority PIs. CWR also hopes that more representation in PIs leading clinical trials could help improve participation in clinical trials by communities of color and help address racial health disparities.

CWR is interested in both previously funded minority PIs and in supporting minority PIs who are early-stage investigators and who have received little or no extramural research funding to date. PIs who have not received extramural funding previously and / or who do not currently have their own lab should include a Letter of Support from a funded, senior researcher who will act as a mentor for the proposed clinical trial and the PI.

At least 3 grants of up to $70,000 each will be funded through this RFP.

Repurposed therapies can be used alone or in combination with other therapies or can be repurposed from an approved adult indication into a pediatric indication. Therapies must already be FDA, EMA or any other regulatory agency approved or otherwise readily available for human use.

Deadline: July 30, 2021 (was July 9)

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Amount Description

Minimum $25,000

Maximum $70,000

Funding Type



African American
Native American
Women of Color


Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

July 30, 2021