NIH – Innovation Award: COVID-19 and Health Equity (U01) Clinical Trials Not Allowed

November 11, 2022 by


The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to fund COVID research that will strengthen and advance research in minority health and healthy equity, increase understanding of health disparities, and provide future direction for research that will contribute to regulatory decision making.

The FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) is interested in research proposals that will contribute to advancing understanding of COVID and long COVID or post-COVID conditions for racial and ethnic minorities or contribute to informing the continued evaluation of the safety and efficacy of FDA approved products (therapeutics, diagnostics, and vaccines) for the treatment, prevention, or diagnosis of COVID-19. These research proposals should support evaluation of outcomes by demographic data including, but not limited to, ethnicity, race, age, disability and geography.


The FDA Office of Minority Health and Health Equity (OMHHE) serves to promote and protect the health of diverse populations through research and communication of science that addresses health disparities. The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to support innovative research that will strengthen and advance COVID-19 health equity research.

Definition of Equity: “[T]he consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.”

Addressing issues of equity should include an understanding of intersectionality and how multiple forms of discrimination impact individuals’ lived experiences. Individuals and communities often belong to more than one group that has been historically underserved, marginalized, or adversely affected by persistent poverty and inequality. Individuals at the nexus of multiple identities often experience unique forms of discrimination or systemic disadvantages, including in their access to needed services.

Definition of Underserved Communities: “[The] populations sharing a particular characteristic, as well as geographic communities, that have been systematically denied a full opportunity to participate in aspects of economic, social, and civic life, as exemplified by the list in the preceding definition of ‘equity.’”

Key Dates:

Letter of Intent Due Date(s): December 6, 2022
Application Due Date(s): January 16, 2023

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