NIH NIMHD Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Training (MHRT) Program (T37) Solicitation

Program Summary 

The purpose of the MHRT program is to develop and/or enhance a research training program that allows for both domestic and international training opportunities for eligible individuals from diverse backgrounds, including those from groups underrepresented in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences research workforce, and who are interested in careers in these areas of minority health and health disparities research.  

The training program should provide:

  • The enhancement of the trainees' ability to conceptualize and think through research problems with increasing independence;
  • Experience conducting research using state-of-the-art methods as well as presenting and publishing their research findings;
  • The opportunity to interact with members of the scientific community at appropriate scientific meetings and workshops;
  • The enhancement of the trainees' understanding of minority health and health disparities research; and
  • The enhancement of the trainees' understanding of the health-related sciences and the relationship of their research training to minority health, health disparities science and global health.

The intention of the MHRT Program is to provide grant support to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science. This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) does not allow appointed trainees to lead an independent clinical trial, but does allow them to obtain research experience in a clinical trial led by a mentor or co-mentor. NIH strongly supports training towards a career in clinically relevant research.

See solicitation for additional information.


CU Internal Deadline: 11:59pm MST August 29, 2018

Sponsor Letter of Intent Deadline (optional): September 11, 2018

Sponsor Application Deadline: 5:00pm MST October 11, 2018

Internal Application Requirements (all in PDF format)

  • Project Summary (2-3 pages)
  • Key Personnel (Up to 2 pages): Please include name, title, affiliation, and project role.
  • Budget Overview (Up to 1 page): A basic budget outlining project costs is sufficient; detailed OCG budgets are not required.

To access the online application, visit:


The sponsoring institution must assure support for the proposed program. Appropriate institutional commitment to the program includes the provision of adequate staff, facilities, and educational resources that can contribute to the planned program.

The applicant institution must have a strong and high quality research program in the area(s) proposed under this FOA and must have the requisite faculty, staff, potential trainees and facilities on site to conduct the proposed institutional program. In many cases, it is anticipated that the proposed program will complement other ongoing career development programs occurring at the applicant institution and that a substantial number of program faculty will have active research projects in which participating scholars may gain relevant experiences consistent with their research interests and goals.

Limited Submission Guidelines

Only one application per institution is allowed.

Award Information and Duration

Number of Awards: 16

Award Amount: Up to $250,000 in annual direct costs (up to $1,250,000 in total direct costs).

Award Term: Up to 5 years for eight to ten trainees per year.