NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute
August 3-7, 2020

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the next Health Disparities Research Institute (HDRI) from August 3-7, 2020. Click here to sign up for NIMHD Updates to receive notices about the course, application cycle and other announcements.

The HDRI aims to support the research career development of promising minority health/health disparities research scientists early in their careers and stimulate research in the disciplines supported by health disparities science. Applications will only be accepted from individuals who meet NIH’s Early Stage Investigator (ESI) eligibility criteria.

Program Content

The program will feature lectures on minority health and health disparities research, small group discussions, mock grant review, and seminars. Institute participants will also have the opportunity to meet with NIH scientific staff engaged in related health disparities research across the various NIH Institutes and Centers.

Lectures and seminars will include etiology of health disparities, methods and measurement, intervention and implementation research. Participants will receive consultation on the development of research interests into an application – R21, R01, K award, as well as consultation on research strategies and methodologies for proposed studies, and opportunities to meet with NIMHD and other NIH program officials.

Target Audience/Eligibility

This program is intended for early-stage research investigators. Applicants must have a Ph.D., M.D./D.O., Sc.D., Dr.P.H., Pharm.D., Psy.D., DDS/DMD or equivalent doctoral degree from an accredited domestic or foreign institution. Applications will only be accepted from post-doctoral fellows, assistant professors, or early-stage investigators in comparable research positions who are actively engaged in minority health and health disparities research and who plan to submit a K or R grant to NIH within the next 12 months. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Previous participants of the HDRI or the Translational Health Disparities Course are not eligible to apply.

Please note that NIH and HHS staff, including persons doing fellowships/training at NIH or an HHS agency, are not eligible to apply.

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Selection Criteria

Participants will be selected based on several criteria:

  • NIH Biosketch that includes professional experience, educational achievements and a record of peer reviewed publications (first or co-authored).
  • A brief essay outlining career goals, reasons for participating in the program, and plans for obtaining NIH funding.
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation providing support for the candidate (one letter should be from a research mentor discussing the likelihood of grant submission within a year by the applicant).
  • A one page “Research Concept” that includes a scientific premise/background, specific aims, and methods that reflects a future NIH grant submission.

Preference will be given to applicants who can clearly demonstrate that they plan to submit an NIH grant application within one year of attending the HDRI. Additionally, applicants will be selected based on their research accomplishments, research interests, and potential for implementing the knowledge gained during the HDRI into their research program. Approximately 50 scholars will be selected to participate in the 2019 HDRI.


There is no cost for participating in the HDRI, but admission is competitive and daily attendance is mandatory. Participants are responsible for arranging transportation, room and board. Limited scholarships may be available to cover travel expenses.

How to Apply

Information on how to apply will be posted during the 2020 application cycle.

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