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Member Advisory--November 30, 2005


The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NCCAM/NIH) has a new funding opportunity Hispanic-Servicing Institutions (HSIs). 


NCCAM has published a program announcement (PA), Collaborative CAM Research Development Capability Enhancement Grant at Minority-Serving Institutions (R03), that invites applications for small grants (up to $50,000 in direct costs for each of two project years) from minority-serving institutions to plan, in collaboration with research-experienced institutions, subsequent R21 or R01 research project grant applications in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM).


A minority-serving institution (MSI) is defined as an HBCU, HSI, TCU, Native-Hawaiian or Alaska Native-Serving Institution.


Research-experienced institutions (REIs) are defined as those with a tradition of rigorous research and a record of successfully competing for biomedical research funding from NIH, as demonstrated by ranking in the top one hundred institutions receiving NIH funding.  (See for current rankings.)


The full program announcement can be viewed on NCCAM's Web site at:


The goals of this Program Announcement are to:

  • increase CAM research capability at minority-serving institutions (MSIs);
  • assist investigators at MSIs in preparing CAM research project grant applications;
  • stimulate research on CAM and health disparities;
  • establish productive research collaborations between investigators at MSIs and investigators at REIs; and
  • diversify the CAM research community.

PLEASE NOTE: To assist with preparing applications, a telephone conference call (application information meeting) is scheduled for Friday, December 16, 2005, from 1:00 - 2:00 PM eastern standard time.


To obtain detailed information about the call, potential applicants are asked to register for the call no later than close of business, Wednesday, December 14, 2005, by sending an email to  Please include the name of the principal investigator and the name of the applicant institution in the email. 


If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Morgan Jackson, Director of NCCAM's Office of Special Populations at (301) 402-1278.


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