NIMHD William G. Coleman, Jr., Ph.D., Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award

Designed to support the development of innovative research ideas and concepts


This competitive award program is designed to support 1-year innovative research projects contributed by postdoctoral fellows, staff scientists, and staff clinicians within the NIH IRP that have the potential for high impact in any area of minority health and health disparities research. Preference will be given to candidates under the mentorship of NIMHD intramural or adjunct intramural investigators, although this is not a requirement of the award. Resubmissions are permitted.

Level of Support:

The William G. Coleman Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Innovation Award will allow up to $15,000 for supplies and services to be spent by Friday, September 10, 2021.

Application Procedures:

Interested applicants may submit as research teams or individuals:

  1. 3-page proposal (excluding references) that includes the following sections: a) Background, b) Specific Aims, c) Methods, d) Expected outcomes, and e) Description of how successful completion of the proposal will have an impact on advancing the science of minority health and/or health disparities research;
  2. Line item budget and budget justification are required (not included in the 3-page limit);
  3. Applicant’s CV; and
  4. Letter of support from their mentor(s) indicating their support for the research and how successful completion of the proposed project will advance the career of the applicant.

Please submit the application as one PDF file.

Applications are due on Monday, August 31, 2020 by 5 p.m. ET to NIMHD Coleman Awards at Applicants will receive notifications of award status by September 30, 2020.