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


Pilot Feasibility Studies on Nutrition or Obesity-Related Health Disparities

UAB's Obesity and Health Disparities Research Center (OHDRC) (2U54MD000502) invites applications for pilot feasibility studies that focus on any area of research related to obesity-related health disparities.

Number of Awards: Up to three (3) projects will be funded.
Award Budget: Awards will be up to $50,000 for the entire duration of the project.
Award Period: The award project period is one (1) year.
Eligibility: NIH-defined New and Early Stage Investigators (Instructor, Assistant, and Associate Professors, as well as UAB-designated Research Scientists and post-doctoral fellows) at the University of Alabama at Birmingham are eligible to apply.

Letter of Intent Due: February 9, 2018
Applications Due: March 16, 2018 (Only those who have already received notice of approved Letter of Intent may submit a full application.) 

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Division of Preventive Medicine Internal Pilot Research Projects

The Division of Preventive Medicine (DOPM) invites applications for pilot research in the areas of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular, cancer, and addiction and substance abuse. 

Number of Awards: Up to six (6) projects will be awarded. 
Award Budget:
Awards will be up to $100,000 
Award Period:
One (1) year
Eligibility:
Faculty members at the levels of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor and Professor, with primary appointment in the Division of Preventive Medicine, are eligible for this pilot funding program. Applicants at the level of Assistant Professor must have a senior faculty member within DOPM serving as a mentor. 

Key Dates: 
Letters of Intent due: Friday, January 12, 2018
Announcement of LOIs selected for a full proposal: January 26, 2018
Applications due: March 1, 2018 (
Only those who have already received notice of approved Letter of Intent may submit a full application.)
Announcement of recipients: March 23, 2018
Project start date:  April 1, 2018 

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