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2021-2022 Pilot Grant

Due January 19, 2021 11:59 PM CT

Request For Applications (RFA)



The Center for Health Equity Research (CHER) Chicago, housed at the UIC Institute for Minority Health Research, 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 by developing and refining 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 is funded by the National Institute of Minority Health Disparities (NIMHD) and it promotes research to mitigate structural violence that leads to poor health outcomes by framing research within the NIMHD research framework:


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 invites Pilot Project applications for the 2021-2022 CHER Pilot program.

Priority Areas

For this cycle of RFA, we are particularly interested in receiving proposals concerning gun violence, interpersonal violence, and policing.   

For this cycle, we encourage applications on health equity/structure violence in older adults. However, we are not limited to that area. We highly encourage collaboration with East Campus to propose health outcomes in this year’s application.

We are also interested in:

  • Applications on health equity and structural violence affecting health of older adults (i.e., those 50 years of age and above).
  • Projects focused on LGBTQIA+ 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 the framework of sexual health or sexual risk behaviors, i.e., not narrowly focused on HIV or high-risk behaviors.

  • Projects that focus on the NIMHD definition of populations underrepresented in biomedical research: “NIH-designated U.S. health disparity populations include Blacks/African Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders, socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, underserved rural populations, and sexual and gender minorities.”

We highly encourage multi-disciplinary collaborations with researchers on the East UIC Campus. Both previously submitted but un-funded applications and new submissions are encouraged, contingent on eligibility.


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

  • Secondary data analyses
  • Feasibility trial studies

Full Request for Proposal: https://uofi.box.com/s/cmwuisffcz7joici6rpz8eqlxn8orrr8

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