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

In this initiative, sponsored by the Harvard Catalyst Health Disparities Research Program, the community was invited to submit applications for pilot grants to support novel research partnerships with the potential to: (1) generate new evidence or methodologies that foster deeper understanding of LGBTQ health disparities, or (2) evaluate promising interventions to address these disparities.
The specific research priority areas represented topics covered during the program’s Translating Research to Action to Improve the Health of All Youth Symposium on May 10, 2016, and included:

  • LGBTQ Youth Bullying
  • Intersectionality
  • Interventions
  • Transgender & Non-Gender Binary/Gender Queer Identity

While proposals that addressed an area of particular interest were encouraged, this was an opportunity to conduct research in all areas of LGBTQ health disparities.

All Harvard University-appointed junior and senior faculty members were encouraged to apply for this funding opportunity.

Four pilot grants were awarded in amounts of up to $50,000 for each one-year project. Funding decisions were announced in May 2017.

Sponsoring Program

Health Disparities Research Program


S. Bryn Austin, ScD | Health and Economic Impacts of State Laws on Sexual Minorities of Color
Benjamin Cook, PhD, MPH | Partnering to Apply Clinical Analytics for Reducing Gender Minority Disparities
Sari L. Reisner, ScD | Increasing the Capacity of School Health Professionals to Address LGBTQ Student Bullying
 Li Zhou, MD, PhD | Novel Electronic Health Record Phenotyping of LGBTQ Intersectional Identities and Associated Health Disparities Using Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning Approaches