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
Secondary Data Analysis on Obesity and Related Diseases in the Context of Health Disparities

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 $7,000 
Award Period: June 2020 – November 2020  
Eligibility: Secondary data analysis funding is intended to support full-time faculty members at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Jackson State University (JSU), Louisiana State University (LSU), or University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) who are NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators at the time of funding without current or past NIH research project support or senior investigators who are new to obesity and health disparities research. Instructor, Assistant and Associate Professors are eligible to apply. Post-doctoral fellows may also apply. A publication submitted to a peer-reviewed journal within 6 months of project completion is a required outcome of this project.

Concept Due Date: May 1, 2020
Concept Content (Limited to 2 pages). Please include the following information:

  • Study Title
  • PIs/Investigators names and title(s) 
  • The problem to be addressed and its scientific relevance 
  • Background/rationale
  • Objectives and aims 
  • Research question and hypotheses
  • Data (describe the data set, the variables that will be used, sample inclusions/exclusions)   
  • Statistical analysis plan and methods, including power calculations if necessary
  • References (not included in the 2-page limit)
  • Budget on a PHS 398 form (not included in the 2-page limit)

Data set: Applicants must already have access or permission to use their intended data set at the time of submission.

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.edu205-996-6122.

Submissions: Email the 2-page Concept (plus references and budget, as described above) to Kaitlyn Waugaman:; 205-934-6897 no later than May 1, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.