Intramural Research Program

The goals of the Division of Intramural Research (DIR) at NIMHD are to conduct collaborative, transdisciplinary, high-risk and high-impact minority health and health disparities research. Additionally, we work to build and sustain a diverse biomedical research workforce to conduct this research. Our investigators seek to understand the complex mechanisms that contribute to health disparities, develop multi-level socio-behavioral interventions to reduce these disparities, and promote the health and well-being of minority and health disparity populations. The DIR collaborates with intramural and extramural researchers to promote and increase minority health and health disparities research and diversify the biomedical research workforce.

Mission Statement

Innovators in population, community, social-behavioral, clinical, epidemiologic and genomic sciences to improve health equity and the health and well-being of vulnerable populations.

Vulnerable populations refer to racial racialand ethnic minority groups as defined by the Office of Management and Budget, along with persons of less privileged socioeconomic status, underserved rural residents, sexual and gender minorities, and persons with poor health due to social disadvantage.

Core Values – SABER (To Know): Pursuing Knowledge for Health Equity

  • Solution-driven
  • Action-oriented
  • Boldness
  • Equity
  • Respect

Research Programs


NIMHD Adjunct Faculty

Intramural Research Training