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Funding News - Understanding and Reducing Health Disparities

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NINDS invites grant applications for behavioral and social science research on understanding and reducing health disparities. This announcement is made together with 20 other NIH components and is supported by 2 funding mechanisms: R01 and R21.

Health disparities between racial/ethnic populations, lower socioeconomic classes, and rural residents, versus the overall United States population are major public health concerns. The goal of this announcement is to support exploratory/developmental research employing behavioral and social science theories, concepts, and methods to: (1) improve understanding of the causes of disparities in health and disability among the various US populations; and (2) develop and test more effective interventions for reducing, and eventually eliminating, health disparities. The goal is to move beyond documenting the existence of health and disability disparities to addressing causes and solutions.

Potential applicants should contact Dr. Richard Benson, Program Director, Office of Minority Health and Research, NINDS; telephone: 301-496-3102; email: For a more detailed description of this program announcement, visit or