NIMHD invites applications from eligible institutions to establish a national coordinating center (CC) for NIMHD-funded Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMIs).
The primary goals of RCMI Specialized Centers are to:
(1) enhance institutional research capacity within the areas of basic
biomedical, behavioral, and/or clinical research; (2) enable all levels of investigators to become more successful in obtaining competitive extramural support, especially from NIH, particularly on diseases that disproportionately impact minority and other health disparity populations; (3) foster environments conducive to career enhancement with a special emphasis on development of early career investigators; (4) enhance the quality of all scientific inquiry and promote research on minority health and health disparities; and (5) establish sustainable relationships with community-based organizations that partner with RCMI centers.
The RCMI CC will work closely with key personnel at all RCMI sites and with NIMHD staff to promote and facilitate communication and collaboration across RCMI sites nationwide to help them collectively achieve these RCMI program objectives.
The RCMI CC will be responsive to requests generated by RCMI site key personnel, NIMHD, NIH, the scientific community, and the general public.
Eligible applicant institutions for this FOA are limited to those currently funded by the RCMI program through RFA-MD-17-003, RFA-MD-17-006, or RFA-MD-18-01 2.