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  • Apr 01, 2020

Funding Opportunity: 2020-2021 GHUCCTS Pilot Awards

We are proposing a new core capacity in our recently submitted competitive renewal application to leverage emerging information technology to investigate environmental determinants of health. The proposed core includes collaborations with the Health Data Sciences and Urban Dynamics Institutes of Oakridge National Laboratories and the DC Department of Health.

Information on contacting individuals at these institutes and their capacities can be obtained through Shannon Gopaul (; 202-865-7260). We will be prioritizing applications that focus on this topic (environmental determinants of health). Potential to be advanced through the proposed core will be considered favorably though collaboration with our proposed partners is not required for applications at this time. Further questions can be addressed to Ms. Gopaul. Other priority topics overlap past announcements and reflect the evolving missions and priorities of GHUCCTS and NCATS.

Summary of priority topics:

  • Research that addresses the transmission, course, and consequences of COVID virus infection
  • Investigations of environmental determinants of health, particularly those involving clinical and/or public health databases and geospatial mapping, and have potential to point toward solutions through surveillance or policy. 
  • Innovative community engagement methods and technologies including research aimed at engaging minority, vulnerable, or other understudied populations;
  • Research that brings together a new type of team;
  • Research that expands a translational research focus across the lifespan including to pediatric and/or geriatric populations;
  • Innovative approaches to the implementation of precision medicine;
  • Engaging individuals with Opioid Use Disorders in research and clinical care while developing effective models of care delivered within medical settings of interest;
  • Research to address health disparities and the significant burden of conditions that disproportionately affect rural, minority, and other underserved populations.


Applicants must have a full-time faculty appointment at one of the GHUCCTS institutions (Howard University, Georgetown University, WDCVAMC, Medstar Health Research Institute, or ORNL). Each application should identify a Contact PI that will be responsible for coordinating and submitting the application. Research teams can include collaborators who are not GHUCCTS affiliated.

Funding Opportunity Description

  • Award Amount: up to $40,000 (includes Institutional cost share)
  • Duration: Funds must be spent by March 31, 2021.
  • 50% cost-share with the applicant institution is required. (In most cases this has previously been negotiated with the participating institutions.)

Online applications are due May 4, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST

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