Reducing Health Disparities Pilot Grant 2017

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Request for Applications

The Center for Reducing Health Disparities seeks innovative pilot projects that address the goal of understanding and/or reducing health disparities.

Funding Opportunity Purpose

The purpose of this pilot project program is to develop investigators with a high capacity to engage in partnerships with communities to conduct high-quality health disparities research. Community partnerships are intended to leverage the experience and understanding of the community in identifying the root causes of health disparities that adversely affect health. Investigations of interest include the development, pilot testing, and/or dissemination of community-based studies to understand and/or eliminate health disparities.

Program Structure

Awardees will receive project assistance from the Investigator Development Core of the Center for Reducing Health Disparities and its Community-Based Research Network (CBRN). Awardees will be expected to make presentations at our health disparities seminars and CBRN meetings and will be invited to interact with visiting speakers, contribute to a health disparities course, and participate in community dissemination forums.


This award is available to Case Western Reserve University and affiliated hospitals early stage investigators who are interested in partnering with community stakeholders to develop novel approaches to eliminating health disparities. Early stage investigators include post-doctoral fellows or faculty who have a university appointment no higher than assistant professor.

Applicants from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

Applications should be submitted through Webgrants at

Key Dates

Posted Date: October 16, 2017
Earliest Submission Date: October 17, 2017
Application Due Date: December 22, 2017
Scientific Merit Review Date: January 7, 2018
NIH Review Date: January 19, 2018
Earliest Project Start Date: February 1, 2018

Submission of Application

All applications should be submitted via WebGrants ( and must be received by 11:59PM EST, December 22, 2017.

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Dr. Joseph Sudano ( or 216-778-1399)
Dr. Daryl Thornton ( or 216-778-3732)
Jacqueline Dolata ( or 216-778-1792)

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