Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Advancing Gender Inclusive Excellence (AGIE) Coordinating Center (U54)
Notice Number:

Key Dates

Release Date:

January 29, 2021

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RFA-OD-21-010 - Advancing Gender Inclusive Excellence (AGIE) – Coordinating Center (U54 - Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

Issued by

Office of Research on Women's Health (ORWH)

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), in collaboration with the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), intends to publish a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for a cooperative agreement (U54) Coordinating Center for Advancing Gender Inclusive Excellence (AGIE).

The purpose of the AGIE Coordinating Center will be to provide the organizational framework for the management, direction, and overall coordination of data from all common activities aimed at investigating barriers, strategies, approaches, and interventions to help women attain leadership positions in many areas of science.

The work of organizing multiple approaches at multiple organizational levels (from interpersonal to departmental to institutional leadership) to effect a more inclusive environment and enhance the retention and advancement of women will take a large coordinated effort with the knowledge, skills, and abilities representative of this kind of work. The AGIE Coordinating Center will be responsible for the design and implementation of data collection, quality assurance and monitoring, and data management systems of these institutional approaches across NIH programs. The primary vision for the AGIE Coordinating Center is to ensure collaborative coordination of data, the development of common data elements, to disseminate findings, and serve as a resource hub for current and future programs.

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

The FOA is expected to be published in the early spring of 2021, with an expected application due date in the early summer of 2021.

Details of the planned FOA are provided below.

Research Initiative Details

The goal is for applicants to develop a five-core center that will serve as an integrated hub for data collection, management, and dissemination for programs that are or will be funded by NIH and the NSF ADVANCE programs. The AGIE Coordinating Center will work collaboratively with NIH and NSF to develop common data elements, ensuring that associations and connections can be made among the various research being conducted; will assist to ensure the rigor of the research to drive reproducibility; and create evidence-based programs by providing subject matter experts (SMEs) to work with NIH and NSF experts on crafting future milestones, evaluation criteria, and sustainability metrics. The AGIE Coordinating Center will provide SMEs in fields not traditionally supported by NIH that recognize the importance of the types of behavioral and systemic analysis and evaluations that are required to enact true institutional culture change to achieve gender-inclusive excellence.

The AGIE Coordinating Center will consist of the following Cores:

  • Administrative Core
  • Data Coordination Core
  • Communication & Dissemination Core
  • Toolkit Core
  • Pilot and Feasibility Core

Funding Information

Estimated Total Funding

To be determined

Expected Number of Awards


Estimated Award Ceiling

To be determined

Primary CFDA Numbers


Anticipated Eligible Organizations

Public/State Controlled Institutions of Higher Education

Private Institutions of Higher Education

The following types of Higher Education Institutions are always encouraged to apply for NIH support as Public or Private Institutions of Higher Education:

    • Hispanic-serving Institutions
    • Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
    • Tribally Controlled Colleges and Universities (TCCUs)
    • Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions
    • Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs)

Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

Nonprofits without 501(c)(3) IRS Status (Other than Institutions of Higher Education)

Small Businesses

For-Profit Organizations (Other than Small Businesses)

State Governments

County Governments

City or Township Governments

Special District Governments

Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Federally Recognized)

Indian/Native American Tribal Governments (Other than Federally Recognized)

Eligible Agencies of the Federal Government

U.S. Territory or Possession

Applications are not being solicited at this time.


Please direct all inquiries to:

Lynn Morin
Office of Research on Women’s Health

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