Community-Engaged Health Equity Research in Neuroscience Initiative (HERN)

The Office of Global Health and Health Disparities (OGHHD) within the Division of Clinical Research, leads the coordination and development of the NINDS Community-Engaged Health Equity Research in Neuroscience (HERN) Initiative. The HERN is a multi-pronged approach to 1) Advance community-engaged health equity research across all neurological disease areas within populations that experience health disparities (HDP) and 2) Support collaborations, education, and capacity building to conduct such research. This initiative directly responds to recommendations from the NINDS Health Equity Strategic Plan which aim to reduce the disproportionate burden of disparities and inequities in neurological disorders.


NINDS HERN Initiative R34 and R01 Pre-Application Technical Assistance Webinar
Investigators interested in learning more about these exciting funding opportunities are encouraged to check out the HERN Webinar and its Q&A session held on Wednesday, September 13, 2023.


Program Announcements 


Notices of Funding Opportunities (NOFOs)

Upcoming Deadlines for Applications Submission

  • Submit Letter of Intent 30 days prior to application due date (optional, but strongly encouraged)
  • Next Application Due Date: February 02, 2024

Notices of Intent to Publish


Contact Information

For inquiries related to the HERN Initiative or NOFOs, contact the NINDS HERN Team at:

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