Research Endowment Program (REP)

NIMHD Director Dr. Pérez-Stable, NIH Acting Director Dr. Tabak, HHS Secretary Becerra, Congressional leaders with President Biden signing the John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2021

NIMHD Director Dr. Pérez-Stable, NIH Acting Director Dr. Tabak, HHS Secretary Becerra, and Congressional leaders joined President Biden when he signed the "John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2021."

Authorized by the Minority Health and Health Disparities Research and Education Act of 2000 (P.L. 106-525), the NIMHD Research Endowment Program (REP) provides funding to the endowments of academic institutions. The funds help institutions build research infrastructure and recruit, train, and maintain a diverse student body and faculty.

The NIMHD REP provides annual funding for up to 5 years. Awards are made to institutional endowments; thus, they do not directly fund research projects. Endowment funds must be invested and maintained for at least 20 years after the award period ends. In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) expanded the eligibility of REP to include institutions of higher education with an active NIMHD Center of Excellence.

The “John Lewis NIMHD Research Endowment Revitalization Act of 2021” was signed into law in March 2022. This new law expands eligibility for the NIMHD Research Endowment Program to include former National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Centers of Excellence.

Program updates are currently underway, and more information will be added as it becomes available.

Goals

  • Promote minority health and health disparities research capacity and infrastructure and infrastructure at institutions with limited endowments.
  • Enhance the recruitment and retention of individuals from populations that are underrepresented in the scientific workforce.
  • Promote training in the science of minority health and health disparities research.

Program Requirements

NIMHD Research Endowment Program grantees must provide a 5-year strategic plan that establishes priorities for the use and growth of endowment fund income. Capacity and infrastructure-building activities may include the following:

  • Enhancing the academic environment by creating courses in research methodology and health disparities science to complement and strengthen their curriculum.
  • Enhancing the recruitment and retention of established and new scientists with exceptional expertise in the clinical, population, behavioral, and social sciences as these relate to health disparities science.
  • Mentoring of students and postdoctoral fellows from populations that are underrepresented in the scientific workforce as they pursue science professions.
  • Supporting career development opportunities for faculty in the early stages of their career.
  • Strengthening the research infrastructure through the development and enhancement of information systems and technology that support research capacity.

Eligibility

To be eligible for a Research Endowment Program award, a higher education institution must have an endowment that is less than or equal to half of the national median of endowments. Eligible institutions must also be a current or former site for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) or NIMHD Center of Excellence.


Page updated July 25, 2022