Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) (U54 Clinical Trials Optional) and to Hold a Pre-Application Technical Assistance Webinar.
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Key Dates

Release Date:
January 13, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
February 14, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date:
April 14, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
September 18, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
September 18, 2020
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Issued by

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)


The NIMHD announces its intention to reissue RFA-MD-18-012 to support Specialized Centers under the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program. This Notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. This FOA will utilize the U54 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The NIH established the RCMI program in 1985 in response to Congressional interest in expanding the national capacity for research in the health sciences by providing support to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or health-related sciences and have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students, and for institutions that provide health care services to medically underserved communities. NIMHD recognizes the important role such institutions play in supporting scientific research and providing health care in underserved communities. These institutions are uniquely positioned to engage minority populations in research and in the translation of research advances into culturally c?o?n?g?r?u?e?n?t, measurable and sustained improvements in health outcomes.

The primary goals of the RCMI specialized centers are to: (1) enhance institutional research capacity within the areas of basic biomedical, behavioral, and/or clinical research; (2) enable all levels of investigators to become more successful in obtaining competitive extramural support, especially from NIH, particularly on diseases that disproportionately impact racial and ethnic minority populations and other populations that experience health disparities; (3) foster environments conducive to career enhancement with a special emphasis on development of new and early career investigators; (4) enhance the quality of all scientific inquiry and promote research on minority health and health disparities; and (5) establish sustainable relationships with community-based organizations that will partner with the RCMI institution.

For additional information about eligibility, programmatic objectives and components of RCMI U54 centers, please refer to the previous FOA, RFA-MD-18-012.

Technical Assistance Webinar

NIMHD will conduct a Technical Assistance webinar for prospective applicants. Information on the date and time of the webinar will be provided in the FOA and posted on the NIMHD website at

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding

$10,000,000 in FY 2020

Expected Number of Awards
Estimated Award Ceiling


Primary CFDA Numbers
Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education Applications are not being solicited at this time.
Please direct all inquiries to:

Derrick C. Tabor, PhD
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

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