Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-related Food and Housing Policies and Programs on Health Outcomes in Health Disparity Populations (R01 Clinical Trial Optional)
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:
December 17, 2021
Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement:
January 04, 2022
First Estimated Application Due Date:
April 07, 2022
Earliest Estimated Award Date:
September 01, 2022
Earliest Estimated Start Date:
September 01, 2022
Related Announcements


Issued by

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

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)


This notice is to inform the research community that the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and the above participating NIH Institutes and Centers (ICs) intend to issue an FOA seeking applications that will identify and evaluate the ongoing and long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing specifically on governmental (local, state, tribal, federal) policy and programmatic actions that address two specific social determinants of health: food/nutrition security and housing security. Applications are requested to examine how these food/nutrition and housing policies and programs aimed at lessening the effects of the pandemic impacted health and health equity in individuals, families, and communities from health disparity populations.

Health disparity populations include racial and ethnic minorities, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. 

This FOA will utilize the R01 activity code. Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

Scope and Objectives

The research objective is to use a natural experiment approach to examine how food and housing policies and programs (such as those federal actions described at and that aimed to lessen the impact of the pandemic affected health and health equity, to understand the pathways of these effects, and to describe the long-term consequences. This FOA is intended to fund the study of natural experiments where an exposure or change is not directly manipulated by the researcher, and where comparable control data are available and confounding variables can be limited through study design, sample selection, and statistical analysis. Other experimental designs are allowable if the study fits within the scope of the FOA. Rigorous efforts to address potential sources of bias related to causal inference are encouraged and, where appropriate, attention should be paid to advances in the analysis of natural experiments arising in diverse disciplines. Applicants should also account for unintended consequences of policies and programs on health, where applicable.

Applicants can propose research that study one or more policies and programs and their combined impacts on child and/or adult health.

Funding Information
Estimated Total Funding


Expected Number of Awards
Estimated Award Ceiling

Application budgets are not limited but need to reflect the actual needs of the proposed project.

Although application budgets are not limited, applicants proposing budgets of $500,000 or more in direct costs in any one year (excluding consortium F&A) are strongly encouraged to discuss the research project application with the listed NINR Scientific/Research Contact before submitting the application.

Primary Assistance Listing Number(s)

93.361, 93.307, 93.279, 93.242

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:

Dionne Godette-Greer, PhD

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)


Julia Beth Zur
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Jennifer Humensky, PhD
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

Crystal Barksdale
National Institute on Minority Health And Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Bramaramba Jayanty Kowtha
Office of Disease Prevention (ODP)