Program Summary

Program Summary

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites applications for the MHRT program which supports research training activities in minority health and health disparities research for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including groups underrepresented in biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research, at domestic institutions and/or at specified foreign low and middle income (LMIC) locations. This program is intended to promote both domestic and international training opportunities in a diverse and inclusive environment for eligible undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate students, as well as for eligible residents, fellows and postdoctoral students.

Program Purpose

The purpose of the MHRT program is to develop and/or enhance a research training program that allows for both domestic and international training opportunities for eligible individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce, and who are interested in careers in these areas of minority health and health disparities research.  

The training program should provide:

  • The enhancement of the trainees' ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence;
  • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings;
  • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops;
  • The enhancement of the trainees' understanding of minority health and health disparities research; and
  • The enhancement of the trainees' understanding of the health-related sciences and the relationship of their research training to minority health, health disparities science and global health.

    The intention of the MHRT Program is to provide grant support to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science.  

    The MHRT program provides up to five years of support for eight to ten trainees per year.  The minimum requirement is full-time training for a period of 10-12 weeks; however, training up to one year may be undertaken, especially for those individuals further in their careers (i.e., residents, fellows, and postdoctoral students). Trainees are required to be supervised by experienced researchers and exposed to individuals with active research careers to facilitate learning about research career options. The training program should be of sufficient depth to enable selected trainees to have a thorough exposure to the principles underlying the conduct of clinical, population, behavioral or social sciences research in particular; as well as to health disparities research.

Program Considerations

Training grants through the MHRT Program are intended to introduce students to research that would not otherwise be available through their regular course of study.  The research training experiences should be tailored to the individual to meet his/her training goals.  Didactic instruction must include training in the responsible conduct of research.

Grantee organizations may provide training to eligible students enrolled at other institutions through a partnership or consortium structure.  Consortia should be well justified to enhance the goals and objectives of the training program.  Consortium partners will be identified by the applicant organization, and each partner institution must identify faculty at their location who have agreed to serve as mentors.

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed trainees to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. NIH strongly supports training towards a career in clinically relevant research.


    Application Limits

    Application Limits

    University is limited to one proposal.

    Additional Information


    UIC Letter of Intent
    August 22, 2018
    UIC Internal Competition
    Sponsor Letter of Intent
    Sponsor Application
    October 11, 2018

    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 RDS at or 312-996-9969 with any questions.

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