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Request for Research Proposals – Due January 22, 2019 at 11:59PM CDT

Announcement for 2019 Request for Proposals

The Center for Health Equity Research Chicago (CHER Chicago), based at the University of Illinois Cancer Center and the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health, and in collaboration with The University of Chicago Medicine, has the vision to pursue health equity through the elimination of structural violence.

Structural violence refers to the multiple ways in which social, economic, and political systems expose particular populations to risks and vulnerabilities leading to increased morbidity and mortality.  Those systems include income inequality, racism, homophobia, and other means of social exclusion leading to vulnerabilities, such as poverty, stress, trauma, crime, incarceration, lack of access to care, healthy food, and physical activity. CHER Chicago aims to eliminate the effects of structural violence on health inequalities among racial, ethnic, and sexual minorities.

CHER Chicago strives to advance health equity research through the development and refinement of theoretical frameworks of structural violence and health equity; and by promoting multi-level, multi-disciplinary research on the social, economic, psychosocial, behavioral, and biophysical processes linking structural violence and health equity. CHER Chicago strengthens health equity scholars and research activities that expand our understanding of structural and systemic inequality and discrimination.

Previously not funded and new submissions are encouraged, contingent on eligibility. For this round, these types of projects are highly encouraged: Projects focused on aging populations i.e., those 50 years of age and above, and LGBTQIA+ populations. One to two funded projects will involve these populations. For the purposes of this RFA, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer persons are those who identify as such (i.e., not MSM, MSWM or other behavior-based designations). Further, we are seeking proposals that consider health beyond a framework of sexual health or sexual risk behaviors. We welcome proposals that consider the context of health equity – e.g., not narrowly focused on HIV sexual risk.


Three one-year grants are available to fund pilot projects part of the Pilot Project Program.

$50,000 is available per grant.

Projects must fall in at least one of the following areas:

  • Secondary data analyses,
  • Feasibility trial studies,
  • Build on existing protocols with an exploratory aim

Individual Eligibility

We are only funding early-stage investigators (e.g. Assistant Professor level/has never held R01 level funding) with appointments at UIC:

A Program Director / Principal Investigator (PD/PI) who has completed their terminal research degree or end of post-graduate clinical training, whichever date is later, within the past 10 years and who has not previously competed successfully as PD/PI for a substantial NIH independent research award.

Any existing federal awards must not restrict funds from CHER Chicago, sponsored by the NIMHD.

The contact Project Director/Principal Investigator must be a UIC faculty member with at least a 0.10 FTE appointment at UIC at the time of the application and for the duration of the project period.

For Full Proposal: CHERchicago_RFP_20192020

*Please note that the Principal Investigator applicant and the PI on the protocol should be the same for IRB purposes.

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