Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Research to Address Vaccine Hesitancy, Uptake, and Implementation among Populations that Experience Health Disparities
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Key Dates

Release Date:
December 07, 2020
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
December 18, 2020
First Estimated Application Due Date:
February 05, 2021
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
September 30, 2021
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
September 30, 2021
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National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities intends to promote a new initiative by publishing a Notice of Special Interest to solicit applications for research highlighting the important need for community-engaged research to address vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and implementation among populations who experience health disparities.*

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants additional time to develop responsive applications.

The FOA is expected to be published in December 2020 and we will accept applications in February 2021 for FY21 funding. The FOA will be a Notice of Special Interest (NOSI) for R01 projects. The goal is to make awards by September 2021.

Research Initiative Details

The goal of the NOSI is to develop strategies and interventions to address vaccine hesitancy, uptake, and implementation among populations who experience health disparities in the US. The NOSI will solicit research to help understand and address misinformation, distrust, and hesitancy regarding vaccines (e.g., SARS-CoV-2, human papilloma virus, pneumococcal, influenza, hepatitis B, and herpes zoster) that target adults in the United States and territories, especially among populations who are at increased risk for morbidity and mortality due to long-standing systemic health and social inequities and chronic medical conditions. The program will solicit community-engaged research to: 1) evaluate innovative interventions (e.g., expand reach, access) to facilitate vaccination uptake in clinical and community contexts; and 2) address the barriers to increasing reach, access, and uptake of vaccinations among health disparity populations..

Health Disparity Population:*This phrase is intended to refer to individuals who belong to a “health disparity population” as defined in section 464z-3(d)(1) of the Public Health Service Act, 42 U.S.C. 285t(d)(1): “A population is a health disparity population if, as determined by the Director of the Institute after consultation with the Director of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, there is a significant disparity in the overall rate of disease incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, or survival rates in the population as compared to the health status of the general population.” . As of October 2020, NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Please see

It is planned that the anticipated NOSI will utilize these funding opportunity announcements:

PA-20-183 - Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Required)

PA-20-185 - NIH Research Project Grant (Parent R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed

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Anticipated Eligible Organizations
Public/State Controlled Institution of Higher Education
Private Institution of Higher Education
Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institution of Higher Education)
Small Business
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
Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

Applications are not being solicited at this time. 


Please direct all inquiries to:

Integrative Biological and Behavioral Sciences:

Deborah E. Linares, Ph.D., M.A.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (

Clinical and Health Services Research:

Benyam Hailu, M.D., M.P.H.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Telephone: 301-594-8696

Community Health and Population Sciences:

Nancy L. Jones, Ph.D., M.A.
National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
Telephone: 301-594-8945

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