Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic for Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations (R01- Clinical Trial Optional)
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Key Dates

Release Date:
June 03, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
June 22, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date:
July 22, 2020
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
April 20, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
April 20, 2021
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Issued by

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

National Institute on Aging (NIA)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research (NIDCR)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)

All applications to this funding opportunity announcement should fall within the mission of the Institutes/Centers. The following NIH Offices may co-fund applications assigned to those Institutes/Centers.

Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives, Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)

Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR)

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)


The National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), withthe other participating NIH Institutes, Centers, andOffices(ICOs),intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit research to evaluatecommunity interventions testing 1) the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups; and 2) already implemented, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, sociocultural, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups.

This FOA will utilize the R01 activity code. Researchers will be encouraged to partner with community organizations, health service providers, public health agencies, policymakers, and other stakeholders to prepare and submit applications. This notice is provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive applications. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

The FOA is expected to be published in June 2020 with an expected application due date in July 2020.

Research Initiative Details

This Notice encourages investigators to acquire and leverage partnerships with key stakeholders to test community interventions to ameliorate the impact of psychosocial, sociocultural, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of COVID-19 on the health of populations known to experience health disparities and other vulnerable populations. Projects may evaluate existing or ongoing community-based programs or policies (i.e., natural experiments) or prospectively test new or adapted interventions. Projects that do not solely target individuals but also address the upstream determinants that influence individual functioning and health outcomes will be strongly encouraged. Proposed research should reflect the highest impact, with rigorous methods including sufficient power, and consideration of urgent public health needs in the context of populations eligible for consideration under this effort.

Projects must focus on U.S. NIH-designated health disparity populations and/or COVID-19 vulnerable populations. NIH-designated health disparity populations include racial and ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities (see

COVID-19 vulnerable populations include residents of chronic care and assisted living facilities; community-dwelling older adults; individuals with cognitive impairment or dementia; homeless populations; incarcerated populations and those involved with the criminal justice system (e.g., participants of re-entry programs); adults with medical comorbidities; pregnant women; children and adolescents; individuals with substance use disorders or severe mental illness, those living in congregate housing (e.g., shelters, residential treatment or assisted living); persons who are deaf or with disabilities including visual, hearing, communication, or mobility impairment; detainees in immigration centers; migrant communities; individuals living on tribal lands or reservations; and communities that are exposed to high rates of air pollution or other toxic exposures. Vulnerable groups also include those on the frontlines of healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic, and those working in essential business operations (e.g., grocery and pharmacy workers, transportation, hospital and community janitorial/sanitation workers, waste collectors, postal and other delivery service workers, warehouse personnel, etc.).

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding


Expected Number of Awards
Estimated Award Ceiling


Primary CFDA Numbers

93.307, 93.113, 93.121, 93.173, 93.213, 93.242, 93.279, 93.313, 93.361, 93.865, 93.866

Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
Private Institution of Higher Education
For-Profit Organization (Other than Small Business)
State Government
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Federally Recognized)
County governments
Independent school districts
Public housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
Indian/Native American Tribally Designated Organization (Native American tribal organizations (other than Federally recognized tribal governments)
U.S. Territory or Possession
Indian/Native American Tribal Government (Other than Federally Recognized)
Regional Organization
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Jennifer Alvidrez, PhD
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Audie Atienza, PhD
National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Telephone: 301-496-3131

Kelly King, AuD, PhD
National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)
Telephone: 301-402-3458

Julia Zur, PhD
National Institute on Drug Addiction (NIDA)
Telephone: 301-443-2261

Lindsey Martin, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
Telephone: 984-287-4036

Denise Juliano-Bult, MSW.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Telephone: 301-443-1638

Rebekah Rasooly, PhD
National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)
Telephone: 301-827-2599

Wendy Weber, ND, PhD, MPH
National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH)
Telephone: 301-402-1272

Jacqueline Lloyd, PhD
Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)
Telephone: 301-827-5559

Damiya E. Whitaker, PsyD
Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH)
Telephone: 301-451-8206

Sonia Lee, Ph.D.
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Telephone: 301-594-4783

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