Grants for clinical and translational research projects. Pilot Funding

Addressing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Health Disparities through Translational Research

At a glance
Funding level
  • Up to $50,000 per award (direct costs only)
Principal Investigator Eligibility
  • All Harvard University-appointed junior and senior faculty members are encouraged to apply.
  • See RFA for details.
Letter of Intent Due
  • 5:00pm on December 12, 2016
Note: The application process is closed. Please check back for future opportunities.
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The Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program increases the prominence and impact of health disparities research at Harvard. The program promotes health equity by facilitating new collaborative research, education, and training opportunities in the biomedical, clinical, health policy, and social sciences to address racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, gender, sexual orientation, and other disparities in health and healthcare. With this announcement, the Health Disparities Research Program invites applications for pilot grants to support novel research partnerships with the potential to: (1) generate new evidence or methodologies that foster deeper understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) health disparities, or (2) evaluate promising interventions to address these disparities.

This pilot grant opportunity seeks to engage a broad range of clinical, public health, public policy, law, education, and other investigators from across the Harvard community, and will provide seed money for cutting-edge, collaborative, interdisciplinary translational research to enhance understanding of LGBTQ health disparities and interventions that may address these disparities. Through this mechanism, we seek to support teams of investigators that ultimately will be self-sustaining, thus laying the groundwork for an even broader and more robust community of LGBTQ and health disparities investigators than exist at present.

Four areas of particular interest reflect topics discussed during the LGBTQ Bullying Symposium, held on May 10, 2016, and include: (1) LGBTQ Youth Bullying; (2) Intersectionality; (3) Interventions; (4) Transgender & Non-Gender Binary/Gender Queer Identity. While proposals that address an area of particular interest are encouraged, this award mechanism is an opportunity to conduct research in all areas of LGBTQ health disparities.

Key Dates:
This is a two-part pilot grant application. The first phase includes submission of a one-page letter of intent (LOI). LOIs will be reviewed by Health Disparities Research Program faculty and selected applicants will be invited to participate in a Community Engagement Studio meeting and to submit a full application, which will include a longer proposal, as well as standard administrative grant application documents.

Letter of Intent Announcement: November 17, 2016
Letter of Intent Due: December 12, 2016, at 5:00pm EDT
Letter of Intent Decision Announcement: by December 20, 2016
Required Community Engagement Studio Dates (attend one): January 24 or January 26, 2017
Full Application Due: March 6, 2017, at 5:00pm EDT
Funding Decisions Announced: by April 30, 2017
Anticipated Funding Start Date: July 1, 2017