Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

Health Services Research on Minority Health and Health Disparities (R01) - upcoming deadline

Deadline: April 11, 2019

Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project. The maximum project period is 5 years.


To encourage system-level health services research that can directly contribute to the improvement of minority health and/or the reduction of health disparities in health care settings.  

Research encouraged under this FOA includes but is not limited to examination of health care services in health care systems such as private and public health insurance plans; physician groups; hospitals, academic medical centers and integrated delivery systems. Projects may address health services pertaining to the treatment of particular health conditions, multiple health conditions, specific segments of the population, or more general indicators (e.g., access to primary care services, etc.) that may not be condition-specific. Projects may include observational/descriptive, simulation, or interventional studies and may involve primary data collection and/or secondary analysis of existing datasets. It is expected that all projects will involve the use of relevant health system-level data in some way. Projects that also use patient-reported data are encouraged, but projects that rely exclusively on patient-reported data are not a programmatic priority for funding under this FOA.


  • Projects should include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparities populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, and underserved rural populations.  
  • Companion Exploratory/Development R21 Research Grant Opportunity:

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