Funding Opportunities

More investigators are exploring ways to improve the health of minority and underserved populations. Since 2005, the MHRC has provided $4.1 million in seed money to 88 investigators through pilot research awards. This investment has resulted in a return of $118.5 million in extramural funding (1:29 ratio).


Current Funding Opportunities


Call for Research Concepts for Secondary Data Analysis on Social Determinants of Obesity and Related Chronic Diseases

The UAB Obesity Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC) (U54MD000502) invites research proposals for secondary data analysis in any area of research related to obesity and health disparities.

Number of Awards: Up to four projects will be funded.

Award Budget: Up to $10,000 

Award Period: October 2018– April 2019 

Concept Due Date: September 15, 2018, 11:59 PM

Eligibility: Full-time UAB faculty members who are NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators without current or past NIH project support or senior investigators who are new to obesity and health disparities research. Instructor, Assistant, Associate Professors and Post-doctoral fellows are eligible to apply. 

Available Resources: 
The OHDRC will provide biostatistical support to funded concepts. Applicants are encouraged to contact The Common Data Elements and Shared Resource (CDEMR) leader for consultation regarding available biostatistical services:  Sejong Bae, PhD; bsejong@uab.edu;205-996-6122

Submissions: Send 2-page Concept (plus references and budget, as described in the Call for Concepts) to Kaitlyn Waugaman: kjwaugaman@uabmc.edu; 205-934-6897 no later than September 15, 2018, 11:59 p.m.

Call for Concepts


Call for Applications for CHAAMPS Disparities Scholars 

The Center for Healthy African American Men through Partnerships (CHAAMPS) (U54MD008620), led by the University of Minnesota and the University of Alabama at Birmingham, invites applications for research projects using national health databases with a focus on disparities in unintentional and violence-related injuries and homicide, head injuries in athletes, and chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, hepatitis C, and cancer, especially prostate cancer, in African American men across their life course.

Graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, medical residents, medical fellows, and faculty at the University
of Minnesota, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Johns Hopkins University, MD Anderson Cancer
Center, and the University of California, Davis are eligible to apply.


Available Resources for CHAAMPS Disparities Scholars:

  • CHAAMPS Scholars along with their local mentor(s) will  conduct research studies under the mentorship of senior CHAAMPS investigators and analysts. 
  • Analyzed datasets from national databases including SEER-Medicare; Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project State and National Inpatient and Emergency Department; and American Hospital Association Survey will be provided by CHAAMPS. 
  • Biostatistical and study design support will be provided to funded Scholars. 
  • After completion of the research project, scholars are eligible to receive a monetary stipend to fund presentation of research results at a relevant national meeting. 

Key Dates
Applications Due: July 29, 2018, 11:59 pm
Announcement of Recipients: August 31, 2018
Project Start Date: September 1, 2018

Email cdsp@umn.edu to request an application. Completed applications and reference letters should be sent to cdsp@umn.edu. Applications and reference letters must be received on July 29, 2018 by 11:59 pm.