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Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)

The RCMI program develops and strengthens the research infrastructure of minority institutions by expanding human and physical resources for conducting basic, clinical, and translational research. It provides grants to institutions that award doctoral degrees in the health professions or health-related sciences and have a significant enrollment of students from racial and ethnic minority groups that are underrepresented in biomedical sciences.

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

The mission of the NIMHD is to promote minority health and to lead, coordinate, support, and assess the NIH effort to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities. In this effort NIMHD will conduct and support basic, clinical, social, and behavioral research, promote research infrastructure and training, foster emerging programs, disseminate information, and reach out to minority and other health disparity communities.

The RCMI Program was transferred to the NIMHD following the passage of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012, which dissolved the National Center for Research Resources, the former sponsor of the RCMI program.

National Institute of Health (NIH)

The NIH is the nation’s medical research agency - making important medical discoveries that improve health and save lives. The NIH, a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.  Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.