Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

Reducing Health Disparities Among Minority and Underserved Children (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)

Deadline: Standard NIH Deadlines

Amount: Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project for a maximum of five years.


This initiative is designed to stimulate research that targets the reduction of health disparities among children. For purposes of this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), "health disparities" applies to children who have limited access to resources and privileges that impact their health. As such, this initiative includes a focus on ethnic and racial minority children and populations of underserved children to include: children from low literacy, rural and low-income populations, geographically isolated children, hearing and visually impaired children, physically or mentally disabled children, children of migrant workers, children from immigrant and refugee families, and language minority children. The primary purpose of this initiative, therefore, is to encourage intervention studies targeting one of the aforementioned groups.


  • Clinical trial optional
  • The NIH defines children as individuals 0-18 years of age.
  • Interventions using a multilevel approach (individual, health system, community, societal) are encouraged.
  • Basic studies designed to further delineate mechanisms/pathways of disparities that lead to the development of interventions are also encouraged.
  • Companion Funding Opportunity - R21 Exploratory/Developmental Grant -

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