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2018 Pilot Grants Program

Grants to North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota
Organizations for Health Research on Native Americans

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Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH)

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Deadline Date:

02/01/16 5:00 PM CST


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Grants ranging from $25,000 to $80,000 to North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota organizations, public agencies, educational institutions and businesses to support research teams conducting health research affecting the American Indian community. Optional LOIs are due by December 15. Applicants are invited to attend the January 6 webinar to learn more.

The purpose of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) Pilot Grant Program is to fund cutting-edge trans-disciplinary research that will address the significant health disparities experienced by American Indians in South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.

All Pilot Grants Program projects will embrace a “social determinants of health” theme leading to the improvement of American Indian health. This theme includes research on individual and community behaviors, as well as social conditions, including socio-economic, socio-political conditions, environment and cultural factors. CRCAIH Pilot Grants should have a strong potential for future funding, including sustainability and growth of the project.

Encouraged (not required) areas of research:

1) Health and Lifestyle - Health disparities by race and ethnicity, income and education, disability status, and other social and environmental characteristics still exist among the American Indian population. Lifestyle changes through nutrition, physical activity can prevent and delay the onset of some diseases.

2) Health Conditions - American Indian communities continue to experience high rates of type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular, obesity and late stage diagnosis of cancer across the lifecycle. Early diagnosis and good management of the disease can significantly delay or prevent further complications.

3) Substance Use/Abuse - There is a skyrocketing rate of opioid abuse/prescription drug abuse in Indian country. Also, the rate of tobacco use among American Indians is significantly higher than the national average and contributes to high cancer and cardiovascular disease/mortality rates.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 165135

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

3 - 5

Estimated Size of Grant:

$25,000 - $80,000

Term of Contract:

The funding period is August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible organizations include community organizations, tribal organizations, businesses, local government entities, schools, institutions of higher education, advocacy organizations, and/or state and regional organizations that are eligible to receive federal funding are eligible to apply.

Any individual(s) with the skills, knowledge, and resources necessary to carry out the proposed research as the Principal Investigator(s) is invited to work with his/her organization to develop an application for support. Individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups as well as individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.


-Projects must be relevant to the scope of the CRCAIH and must include a clear and direct connection to American Indian Health in South Dakota, North Dakota and/or Minnesota.

-Investigators may participate in more than one application per cycle, but cannot submit more than one application as the Principal Investigator of the project.

-Principal Investigators who have an active CRCAIH award as of February 1, 2016 are not eligible to apply. If a Principal Investigator has had a CRCAIH grant in the past, the new submission must be a new scholarly or creative activity.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The Pre-Application Technical Assistance webinar will be hosted by the Sanford Research Grants Office and Administrative Division on January 6, 2016, 11:00 - 12:00 PM CST. Topics covered include: Program requirements, RFA/application overview, planned enrollment table, human subjects section, budgeting basics, new biosketch format, and Q&A.

Please contact the CRCAIH Program Office ( to sign up for the webinar.

Pre-Application Information:

-Letter of Intent (highly encouraged): December 15, 2015
-Application Deadline: February 1, 2016
-Notification of Awards: April 2016
-Funding Period: August 1, 2016 – July 31, 2017

Letter of Intent and Application instructions may be found in the guidelines (attached below).

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

CRCAIH Office:
Sara Kuehler

Sanford Research Grants Office:
Ronda Hinsch

Sanford Research
2301 East 60th Street North
Sioux Falls, SD 57104-0569

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Minnesota;   North Dakota;   South Dakota

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