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

Request for Applications:
Deep South Resource Center for Minority Aging Research (RCMAR) (P30AG031054)
Invites Letters of Intent to Apply for One-Year Pilot Grants Focusing on Minority Aging & Health Disparities in the African American Population

The Deep South RCMAR focuses on health issues for which disparities between older African Americans and whites have been established, giving special emphasis to issues related to rural elders; intervention research addressing exercise, diet, or preventive health strategies; and studies addressing socio-economic, discrimination, trust, or bioethical issues impacting physical or mental health. Proposals must demonstrate relevance to minority aging and health disparities in the African American population, and should focus upon specific social, cultural, or behavioral mechanisms to improve physical and mental health or cognitive function. Further description is included in the full RFA

Available Funds: Up to $25,000
Number of Awards: Three pilot developmental projects may be funded
Award Project Period: One year: July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2021
Eligibility: Faculty members at Morehouse School of Medicine, Tuskegee University, University of Alabama, or UAB, at the rank of Instructor to Associate Professor are eligible. Minority faculty members are encouraged to apply.

Key Dates
Letter of Intent (LOI) Due:
On or before Monday, December 9, 2019
Applications Due:
On or before Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Response to Reviews Due: March 27, 2020
Project Start Date: July 1, 2020

Letters Of Intent and Applications Must Be Submitted Electronically at:

No paper submissions are accepted.

Please click here to see the full RFA for more information on the LOI and application process.

Please click here to submit an LOI and application 

For more info, contact:
If you have questions concerning the submission of these LOIs or proposals, please contact
Ann Smith, MPH, at 205-934-9903 or