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 Pilot Studies
Addressing Disparities in Kidney-Related Diseases

The UAB Nephrology Research and Training Center, the UAB-USCD O'Brien Center for AKI Research and the UAB Minority Health & Health Disparities Research Center invite proposals for interested faculty to participate in the Pilot Award for research to address disparities in kidney-related diseases.  

Kidney and kidney-related diseases disproportionately affect the health of underserved populations. These disadvantages can be byproducts of racial, socio-economic, or environmental disadvantages and can serve as obstacles to optimizing health outcomes. The primary purpose of this award is not to generate further observational data documenting the presence of this disadvantage. Instead, this award is focused on supporting studies investigating potential solutions, treatments, or approaches to break down barriers to health access and clinical care that will improve the health and well-being of underserved persons. Projects focusing on social determinants of health as they related to kidney diseases will be of special interest.

We invite any faculty member of UAB to apply. The proposal could include pre-clinical, patient-oriented, or epidemiological studies regarding populations of interest and could address kidney transplant, acute kidney injury, CKD, ESKD, genetic kidney disease (Fabry, PKD, IgA nephtropahty, etc.) or other related kidney-related outcomes. 
Number of Awards: One award is anticipated to be funded. 
Award Budget: $40,000 in project-related direct costs.
Award Period: June 2020 – November 2020  
Eligibility: Any UAB faculty member may apply.
Application Due Date: October 1, 2020, 5:00 pm.
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Decision on initial applications: November 1, 2020
Anticipated start date of funding:
December 2, 2020

Read the full RFA for additional requirements.

For additional information, please contact Dr. Anupam Agarwal, Dr. Paul Sanders or Dr. Kelly Andringa