Internal Competition Completed

Principal Investigators Selected
  • Robert Winn is authorized to submit, Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Allergy

Program Summary

Program Summary

The purpose of this FOA is to further advance NIMHD’s mission by supporting Centers of Excellence to conduct transdisciplinary, multi-level research and to provide research opportunities for post-doctoral fellows, junior faculty, and other early stage investigators to engage in this type of research. 

NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Framework communicates NIMHD’s conceptualization of factors relevant to the understanding and promotion of minority health and to the understanding and elimination of health disparities (  The thematic focus chosen should address the intersection of domains of influence (biological, behavioral, physical environment, sociocultural environment, healthcare system) and levels of influence (individual, interpersonal, community, societal) in the Framework in some way and that research activities will embrace a multi-domain, multi-level perspective.  The thematic focus should map onto the Framework, but the Framework is not intended to substitute for theoretical or conceptual models that underlie proposed research activities.

Each Center of Excellence is expected to have a unifying thematic focus. The thematic focus should be at a level of specificity such that it is reasonable to expect that center activities can have a direct and demonstrable impact on addressing minority health and health disparities in that topic area. All center activities, including research projects, pilot projects, and community dissemination activities, should be designed to contribute to this impact. 


Areas of specific interest regarding the thematic focus include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Projects that encompass multiple health disparity populations and/or the intersectionality of multiple health disparity populations (e.g., race/ethnicity and SES, SGM status and rural vs. urban residence, etc.)
  • Understanding or addressing risk factors or mechanisms that are common to multiple diseases or conditions.
  • The pathways and mechanisms by which biologic or non-biologic determinants contribute to or influence minority health or health disparities.
  • Development of methodological tools, measures, validated instruments, and novel research designs for disentangling the contribution of biologic factors, behaviors, and social factors to health disparities.
  • Multi-sectoral collaborations and/or interventions, i.e., those that involve other service sectors in addition to health, such as education, housing, justice, transportation, labor, etc.
  • Interaction of culture and other factors on recruitment into research studies and clinical trials, utilization of health services, adherence to lifestyle and behavioral changes; and understanding individual cultural beliefs and expressions within a multicultural setting.
  • Communications research – how to reach minority and health disparity populations and clinicians serving these populations with information that will lead to positive changes in behaviors, practices, and health.
  • Understanding the dynamics governing the successful translation of minority health and health disparities research into multilevel interventions, health promotion/prevention programs or sustained behavioral changes and practices in communities, schools, businesses, families, prisons, etc.

Required Components:

The Center must include the following required components:

  • Administrative Core
  • Investigator Development Core
  • Community Engagement and Dissemination Core
  • Research Project(s)


The Research Project(s) will address research questions relevant to the thematic focus of the COE. One to three research projects may be proposed that vary in scale and scope, with the caveat that all research projects together should comprise no more than $500,000 annual direct costs. Research projects, which may be observational or intervention studies, are expected to use a transdisciplinary, multi-level, multi-domain perspective. Projects are also expected to engage collaborators from relevant organizations and stakeholders as appropriate, which may include but are not limited to academic institutions, clinicians, health systems, state and local public health agencies, school systems, community-based organizations, and faith-based organizations. Projects may be full-scale projects or more exploratory/developmental projects. However, all projects must have fully developed and specified research plans at the time of application.  Planning-phase studies, in which the topic area or study design is determined after award as the result of community and stakeholder input processes, will not be supported. There should be synergy between the research projects such that there is added value to conducting them as interrelated rather than independent projects. Examples of synergy include but are not limited to the pooling of data across studies; sharing of resources, tools, or data analytic strategies; or the testing of different components of the same conceptual or theoretical models.

Application Limits

Application Limits

University is limited to one proposal.

Additional Information


UIC Letter of Intent
March 24, 2017
UIC Internal Competition
Sponsor Letter of Intent
Sponsor Application
May 15, 2017

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 Natalia Glubisz at or 312-996-8348 with any questions.


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