CALL FOR PROPOSALS: NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Health Disparities Research Focused on Precision Medicine (U54)

This NIMHD Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites applications for Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research exploring the potential for precision medicine – an emerging approach that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle – to promote health equity and reduce health disparities.  Priorities include:

  • development of new tools and analytic methods for integrating patient data with information about contextual factors acting at the community or population level to influence health;
  • development of pharmacogenomic and other precision medicine tools to identify critical biomarkers for disease progression and drug responses in diverse populations;
  • translation of pharmacogenomic discoveries into effective treatment or clinical practice; and
  • investigation of facilitators and barriers to implementing precision medicine approaches in disadvantaged populations.

Read the complete program details here:

NIMHD intends to commit $6,000,000 in FY 2016 to fund approximately 3 awards. Application budgets are limited to $1,500,000 in direct costs annually, excluding consortium/contractual costs.

UCI may not submit more than one application as the sole or lead institution (though UCI may be the lead institution on one application and be a non-leading partner or consortium member on another).  Therefore, interested applicants are asked to upload a preliminary application to UCI’s new competition management system (  by July 10, 2015  with the following information:

  • Brief proposal (up to three pages)
  • Preliminary budget
  • Bio sketch (no more than two pages each) of the primary researcher(s)
  • Support letter from the Dean (or the equivalent in units without a Dean)
To apply through the UCI competition management system:

  • Select “Apply” on the right hand side of the page to fill out the application form, and upload required files
  • If you’re not already signed in, click “UCI WebLogin” and fill in your UCInetID username and password.
  • All details are automatically saved as you enter them. When you are ready to submit, click “Submit Application” at the bottom of the page. You will receive a confirmation email once your application has been submitted.

If necessary, an ad hoc committee will convene to review submitted preliminary proposals. The selected PI will be notified in time to develop their full proposal and in time to meet the NIMHD LOI deadline of August 17,  2015.  Full proposals are due September 17, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. (PDT).

For the complete guidelines, please refer to . Questions about our internal campus review process and our online competition management system may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.

John C. Hemminger
Vice Chancellor for Research

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