Notice of Information: NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program's Interest in Improving Rural Health Outcomes and Eliminating Health Disparities

Notice Number: NOT-TR-19-015

Key Dates
Release Date:January 28, 2019

Related Announcements

Issued by
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)


The purpose of this Notice is to promote the expansion of the NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program’s efforts to accelerate clinical and translational research to address health disparities and the significant burden of conditions that disproportionately affect rural, minority, and other underserved populations. Increasing the speed, efficiency, and effectiveness of clinical and translational research will reduce the burden of disease and promote health equity. Enhanced efforts by the NCATS CTSA Program to address longstanding regional health disparities are expected to provide innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to reducing the burden of disease among vulnerable populations. 

Examples of project areas that may address the goal of improving rural health and eliminating health disparities include, but are not limited to:

  • Projects that address translational science barriers, such as improving access to clinical trials for rural communities, leveraging community organizations or public-private partnerships to facilitate outreach and rural participant recruitment into clinical trials, and harnessing technology to simultaneously deliver effective care and facilitate the conduct of research.
  • Projects designed to implement, assess and/or disseminate methods, approaches, education and training in clinical and translational science that are targeted to improving rural health outcomes and eliminating health disparities.    

Further Information and Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOAs) for the NCATS CTSA Program may be found at


Please direct all inquiries to:

Erica Rosemond, Ph.D.
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS)
Telephone: 301-594-8927