NIH – Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Specialized Centers of Excellence on Environmental Health Disparities Research (P50)

June 14, 2019 by


The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), in partnership with the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS), intends to publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications from eligible institutions of higher education for specialized research center grants to conduct multidisciplinary research, research capacity building, and community-engaged research activities focused on understanding and reducing or eliminating environmentally-driven health disparities.

Projects must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated health disparities populations in the United States: Blacks or African Americans, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Asians, Hispanics or Latinos, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities. Comparison groups/populations may also be included as appropriate for the research questions posed.

This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. The FOA is expected to be published in Summer 2019 with an expected application due date in Fall 2019.


Social determinants of health–the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age–shape the health and wellbeing of individuals and communities. These conditions include factors such as access to affordable healthy food, potable water, green space, safe housing, clean air and supportive social networks. The unequal distribution of these conditions and their determinants across various populations is increasingly understood as a significant contributor to persistent and pervasive health disparities. A focus on health equity calls for addressing the determinants of health that put some social groups at a disadvantage for positive health outcomes.

Within the context of social determinants of health, “environmental determinants” stand out as critical for reducing and preventing health disparities because they are amenable to intervention and prevention strategies. The term ‘‘environmental determinants’’ encompasses the natural environment, built environment and social environment. Thus, environmental influences are not limited to physical, chemical, or biological agents and natural amenities, but also include social and economic stressors, institutional processes and resiliency factors.

Consistent with NIMHD’s Research Framework (, the FOA will encourage collaborative investigations combining expertise in biomedical and behavioral research, clinical research, social science, environmental health science, population science, translational science, implementation science, and the science of community engagement to develop innovative approaches to understand and mitigate environmentally-driven health disparities and improve access to healthy environments for vulnerable populations and communities. Investigators with expertise in these areas should consider applying.

Key Dates

Estimated Publication Date of Funding Opportunity Announcement: August 01, 2019
First Estimated Application Due Date: November 15, 2019
Earliest Estimated Award Date: July 01, 2020
Earliest Estimated Start Date: July 01, 2020


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