Title: NCMHD Innovative Faith-Based Approaches to Health Disparities Research (R21)
“The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) (a participating organization of the NIH – National Institute for Health) issues this Funding Opportunity announcement (FOA) to solicit exploratory and developmental research project grant (R21) applications that propose innovative and transdisciplinary interventions on health disparities, social determinants of health, health behavior and promotion, and disease prevention that is jointly conducted with faith-based organizations or faith-motivated programs and the research community. The evolution and vitality of biomedical sciences require a constant infusion of new ideas, techniques and points of view. These may differ from current thinking or practice and may not yet be supported by substantial preliminary data. By using this research grant (R21) mechanism, the NIH seeks to foster the introduction of novel scientific ideas, model systems, tools, agents, targets and technologies that have the potential to substantially advance biomedical research that links biological and non-biological determinants of health.
The NCMHD through this FOA, intend to cultivate empirical, formative, evaluative and transdisciplinary intervention research on faith-motivated initiatives, concepts and theories that have played an important role in addressing health disparities. The focus on exploratory, evaluative and/or intervention research will allow studies to assess the impact of faith-based initiatives and programs in health disparity populations, formulate hypotheses about the role and unique characteristics of faith communities in addressing health disparities, design targeted interventions and track the efficacy of community and faith-based or faith-motivated programs that result from a participatory approach to research in the community.”
Note: R21 research grants from the NIH (National Institute of Health) are considered ‘high risk’, meaning that there is a lower expectation of effective results.
And what exactly might effective faith-motivated initiatives look like, I wonder? Exorcisms?
To see what the full funding opportunity looks like for this innovative socialized research, go here.