RELEASE DATE:  March 3, 2004

NOTICE:  NOT-GM-04-107

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

Application Receipt Date: June 18, 2004

The Indian Health Service (IHS), with the National Institute of General 
Medical Sciences (NIGMS) of the National Institutes of Health, and the 
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), re-announce an 
initiative to support the Native American Research Centers for Health 
(NARCH) grant.  This funding mechanism will develop opportunities for 
conducting research and research training to meet the needs of American 
Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.

The NARCH initiative will support partnerships between AI/AN Tribes or 
Tribally-based organizations such as the National Indian Health Board 
and Area Health Boards, and institutions that conduct intensive 
academic-level biomedical, behavioral and health services research.  
These partnerships are called Native American Research Centers for 
Health (NARCH).  The purposes of the NARCH initiative are: 1. to 
develop a cadre of AI/AN scientists and health professionals engaged in 
biomedical, clinical, behavioral and health services research who will 
be competitive in securing NIH and AHRQ funding; 2. to increase the 
capacity of both research-intensive institutions and AI/AN 
organizations to work in partnership to reduce distrust by AI/AN 
communities and people toward research; and 3. to encourage competitive 
research linked to the health priorities of the AI/AN organizations and 
to reducing health disparities.  

More complete information on this initiative including the full 
announcement can be found at 

Written and telephone inquiries are strongly encouraged. They should be 
addressed to:

Clifton Poodry, Ph.D.
National Institute of General Medical Sciences
45 Center Drive, Room 2AS.37, MSC6200
Bethesda, MD 2892-6200
Telephone: 301-594-3900
FAX: 301-480-2228

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