Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Benjamin Van Vorhees, Interim Head, Pediatrics

Program Summary

Program Summary

The goal of the NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Program is to promote and support collaborative interventions that involve all relevant partners in the translational research process – planning, implementing, evaluating and disseminating community level interventions aimed at improving health and addressing health disparities.  In the health disparities framework, this includes partnership approaches that focus on changing the determinants of health or the community conditions and environments, in which their members are born, mature, play, study, work and age. The research approach may begin with a needs assessment to identify a health-related issue for action, or a community-led proposal on an identified need or issue of importance to the community.  The participatory research process is such that community members, persons affected or impacted, public health and policy professionals, and other key stakeholders in the community’s health have the opportunity to be full participants in each phase of the research (from conception-design-conduct-analysis-interpretation-conclusions-communication of results).  CBPR benefits are numerous and include the creation of bridges between the community, scientists and policy professionals to facilitate the bidirectional transfer of knowledge and skills, improved community research literacy and creation of appropriate and effective interventions.   


This FOA invites applications for intervention studies using CBPR principles and methods. For the purpose of this FOA, ‘community’ refers to a population that may be defined by geography, race, ethnicity, culture, gender, illness or other health condition, or to groups that have a common health-related interest or cause. Communities must include significant representation of one or more NIH-designated US health disparity populations, which include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations and rural populations.


The overarching goals of the NIMHD Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Program are to enhance community capacity in research for which they will directly benefit; support collaborative intervention projects addressing health disparities; and accelerate the translation of findings into improved health and health outcomes.  The purpose of this FOA is to support promising community interventions using CBPR principles and approaches aimed at reducing and eventually eliminating health disparities.    


AWARDs:  Direct costs limited to $350K annually for five years.   This award will be a cooperative agreement. 

Application Limits

Application Limits

UIC may submit one application.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
June 12, 2015
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
July 3, 2015
Sponsor Application
August 3, 2015

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form


Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.


Please contact Tony Halford at or 6-7036 with any questions.


If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact for further information.