Faculty Grant Writing and Professional Development

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Texas Center for Health Disparities (TCHD), a National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities (specialized Center of Excellence in Health Disparities (U54) was announced in 2017. The major focus on the center is women’s health with a U54 award for 2017 to 2022. TCHD’s mission is to prevent, reduce and eliminate health disparities in our communities through (1) Research (2) Education and Training and (3) Outreach

TCHD STAR Leadership/Pilot Project Program


  • Intensive grant writing, mentoring and professional development training
  • Pilot grant funding to facilitate faculty success in health disparity research
  • Team-based coaching and peer-interactions involving scientific and community experts
  • Institutional support for continuing and renewal pilot projects to sustain faculty success
  • Continued Scholar support for publications, networking, and professional development through our Center for Excellence (COE) and National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

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The National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN)

is one part of the NIH’s $500 million plan over 10 years to develop new approaches aimed at helping researchers from underrepresented backgrounds thrive in biomedical careers. The mentoring network’s aim is to diversify the scientific workforce by encouraging individuals from underrepresented groups to start and stay in biomedical careers.  NRMN will partner with over 30 professional scientific societies and numerous colleges and universities, including 20 historically black colleges and universities, a consortium of Hispanic-serving institutions, organizations supporting tribal colleges, numerous minority-serving organizations, and NIH-funded centers.

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