Investigator Development Core

The HEALTH Center for Addictions Research and Cancer Prevention is pursuing a bold research agenda to address the public health crises that health disparities inflict on our most vulnerable communities. With support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD), this national center (Research Centers in Minority Institutions, RCMI) serves as an exemplar for community-engaged research. This research aims to accelerate discovery of novel prevention, early detection, diagnosis, and intervention strategies that can be disseminated and implemented directly into underserved communities. Moreover, mentorship and professional development activities are structured to develop the next generation of health-equity scientists capable of advancing data-driven and culturally-responsive breakthroughs in alcohol, tobacco, and other drug (ATOD) research and cancer prevention.

This short-term (1-year) funding opportunity will support 3-5 innovative pilot grants ($30,000 to $50,000) per year through 2 calls for applications (1 in the fall, 1 in the spring). Successful applications will propose to break new ground in health-equity science while successfully leveraging the data to transition into a developmentally appropriate NIH funding mechanism (e.g., K- and R-series).  


Important dates associated with the upcoming Request for Applications (RFA):

Letter of Intent (LOI) Due: January 3, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

Complete Application Due: February 7, 2022 @ 5:00 p.m.

Scientific Merit Review: March 25, 2022

Funding Decisions and NIMHD Approval: Between April 2022 - May 2022 

Earliest Anticipated Award Start Date: June 1, 2022

Download: RFA Guidelines

Download: Cover Page 

Please watch our 15-minute webinar to receive some background information regarding the HEALTH-RCMI’s Pilot Grant Program.

All questions regarding this RFA may be directed to Dr. Lorraine Reitzel (Director, Investigator Development Core), Dr. Ezemenari Obasi (Primary Investigator, RCMI at UH), and/or HEALTH-RCMI Staff.



Examining Health Disparities and Promoting Breast Cancer Awareness and Prevention in Syrian Refugee Women in the United States


Samina Salim, Ph.D., Principal Investigator


Project Team Includes:

  • Johanna Bick, Ph.D., Co-Investigator

  • Mohan Chandra, Ph.D., Collaborator

  • Meghana Trivedi, Ph.D., Collaborator

  • Sausaun Abouharb, M.D., Collaborator

Learn more about Dr. Salim's research and community outreach. 

Exploring the provider and organization level barriers to Medication for Opioid Use Disorder (MOUD) treatment for Black Americans

Lauren R. Gilbert, Ph.D., Principal Investigator

Project Team Includes:

  • Steven Starks, M.D., Co-Investigator

Learn more about Dr. Gilbert's research.