The purpose of this funding opportunity is to reduce health disparities through the development and translation of appropriate medical technologies.The NIH defines health disparities as differences in the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, mortality, and burden of diseases and other adverse health outcomes that exist among specific population groups. These population groups include racial and ethnic minorities (African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other U.S. Pacific Islanders, as well as subpopulations of all of these racial/ethnic groups), socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, sexual and gender minorities, and medically underserved populations including individuals residing in rural and urban areas (see https://www.nimhd/nih.gov/about/overview/).
This program seeks advances in medical technologies to reduce health disparities associated with diseases, illnesses, and conditions of public health importance. This announcement encourages applications to develop medical devices, imaging systems, robotic systems, biomaterial interfaces, synthetic biological systems, mathematical and modeling solutions, and other technologies to address the healthcare needs of populations that experience health disparities. Proposed medical technologies must have the following basic characteristics: effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and easily accessible to those who need them. Responsive grant applications will involve a formal collaboration with a healthcare organization (including tribal health organizations) or public health agency serving one or more populations that experience health disparities.
There continues to be an alarming disproportionate burden of illness among minority and other populations that experience health disparities. Overcoming persistent disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes remains a foremost critical challenge. To meet this challenge, the NIH is committed to supporting a wide range of research, aimed at the development innovative medical technologies to reduce, and eventually eliminate, health disparities.
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