Limited Submission: NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Research on Men's Health (U54)

12/17/2012, 5:00 PM

To All Faculty in School of Public Health and Health Sciences and the School of Nursing


Below please find a limited submission opportunity with only one proposal allowed per institution. If you are interested in applying to this program please email me by December 17, 2012.

NIMHD Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers for Research on Men’s Health (U54)

Program Description:

Addressing health disparities requires a transdisciplinary framework that cuts across organizational silos to foster an integrated approach involving multiple disciplines– biology, behavioral and social sciences, environmental science, public health, health care, economics, public policy and many other disciplines. It also requires strong collaborations between researchers and community organizations, service providers and systems, government agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that contextually appropriate and relevant research is conducted and that findings can translate into sustainable individual-, community- and systems-level changes that improve population health.

Collaboration at the regional level is particularly important and timely because it provides opportunities for institutions and organizations to achieve a broader reach than is possible with isolated local efforts while combining expertise and resources in an era of constrained budgets. At the same time, it fosters applied research that is uniquely responsive to specific population-based, environmental, sociocultural, and political factors that influence health within a particular region. Recognizing these opportunities, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) seeks to establish Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for Health Disparities Research specialized in several priority topic areas. The concept of regional collaborative centers is structured around an overarching goal in the NIH Health Disparities Strategic Plan 2009-2013 integrating research, capacity building and outreach/dissemination to (1) develop a coordinated interdisciplinary approach to reduce and ultimately eliminate health disparities; and (2) develop opportunities to leverage resources and enhance collaboration.

TCCs will support partnerships and collaborations between a broad range of stakeholders to develop a uniquely transformative and novel infrastructure for coordinated research, implementation and dissemination activities. Dissemination of research findings based primarily on publication of scientific manuscripts and conference presentations is not sufficient. The goal of this program is to translate research advances into practical applications in real-world settings. It is expected that the transdisciplinary teams established under the proposed TCC will develop new and integrative ways to explore the many complex interactions that influence health disparities within a defined region, and will use the knowledge gained to produce sustainable change within the region and beyond.

TCCs funded in response to this FOA will involve a one-year planning phase followed by a four-year implementation phase. Each TCC will support 2-4 collaborative research sub-projects, to begin during year 1, and a pilot project program designed to further encourage and sustain active participation of consortium partners in the full range of TCC activities by providing sub-awards to partner organizations during years 2 through 4.

Men's Health Research Theme

On average, males in the United States have poorer health outcomes and lower life expectancies compared to their female counterparts. This pattern in particularly pronounced in health disparity populations, including racial/ethnic minority, low-income, and rural populations. Reducing and ultimately eliminating this pervasive sex/gender disparity within and across health disparity populations requires better understanding of the complex interplay between myriad factors that disproportionaltely influence the health and wellbeing of men and boys. These include access to and utilization of male-specific preventive health services, exposure to workplace hazards, propensity for risk-taking behavior, exposure to violence and incarceration, and many other independent and interdependent factors. Applications must focus on one or more areas in men’s health research, defined in this FOA as research that involves a focus on at least one of the following:

  • Health conditions or risk factors that occur exclusively or predominantly in men or boys
  • Sex- or gender-specific factors that contribute to differential disease risk, progression, or outcomes in men or boys
  • Sex- or gender-specific factors that contribute to gender differences in health attitudes, knowledge, and/or behavior
  • Delivery of sex- or gender-specific healthcare or other health interventions
  • Health and other policies that have sex- or gender-specific health impacts on men or boys

Applications must address men's health within one or more health disparity populations, which include African Americans, Latinos/Hispanics, Asian Americans, American Indians/Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians/Other Pacific Islanders, low-income populations, and rural populations. Applications involving research with multiple health disparity populations are particularly encouraged.

Topics of specific interest include but are not limited to:

  • Determinants of premature morbidity and/or mortality among males across the life course in one or more health disparity populations
  • Dynamics of male-specific health issues and challenges faced across the life course and the influences of early events on health outcomes later in life
  • Dynamics of male-specific health issues in facilities/settings that are predominantly male and/or segregated by sex (e.g., criminal justice settings, single-sex schools, single sex-treatmnet facilities, military units) and subsequent impacts on health
  • Projects examining the role of fathers in maternal and child health and child development across health disparity populations
  • Projects examining gender and familial roles and their impact on health and health care
  • Projects examining effective strategies to recruit men into studies addressing health conditions that effect both sexes  (e.g., hypertension, diabetes, stroke, etc.)
  • Development of collaborative strategies and interventions to better coordinate fragmented men's health awareness, disease prevention and research efforts at regional, state and local levels

Applications that involve research with men or boys but do not articulate an explicit focus on sex- or gender-specific factors will be considered nonresponsive to this FOA.

Regional Collaborative Approach

Each TCC will establish and support a collaborative research program consisting of regional research sub-projects designed to significantly advance understanding of key factors influencing men's health and health disparities in communities and populations within a defined region. Applications must describe the region on which the proposed work will focus. The TCC initiative is not intended to support activities that target a single neighborhood, municipal jurisdiction, or service provider site in isolation; rather, research projects and implementation and dissemination efforts must be regional in scope and placed in the context of consortium efforts to establish and sustain effective interventions on a regional or national level. Applications must provide a scientifically sound and compelling conceptual justification for selecting the identified region and population(s) to be included e.g., based on shared population characteristics, environmental factors, health policies, etc. Although delineation of the region and populations(s) involved is determined by the applicant, applicants must specify in which of the 10 established HHS regions their work will occur ( Applicant-defined regions of focus may fall within a single HHS region or across multiple regions.









REGION IX: AZ, CA, HI, NV, and the six U.S. Associated Pacific jurisdictions


Applications must identify collaborating partners within and across the proposed region. In addition to academic institutions, the proposed TCC must involve a broad cross-section of partner organizations, such as community-based organizations, health care provider organizations, for-profit or non-profit organizations, government agencies and other key stakeholders. Each TCC will have a Consortium Steering Committee composed of the PD(s)/PI(s), one or more members representing consortium partner organizations, two external members selected by the PD(s)/PI(s), an NIMHD Program Official, and one or more NIMHD Project Scientists. The Consortium Steering Committee will oversee the management and direction of the TCC and each major component.

TCCs are strongly encouraged to identify and collaborate with other NIMHD grantees in the target region who have expertise and/or interest in research on men's health or other resources that could be leveraged to help achieve TCC objectives. Along the same lines, TCCs are encouraged to collaborate with other federally-funded investigators within and outside the identified region as appropriate to promote optimal use of TCC resources for advancing the aims of the center. To ensure that TCCs collectively contribute to national minority health and health disparities research efforts in optimal ways, the overall direction and scope of activities supported by this initiative will be coordinated and monitored by a TCC Program Coordinating Committee consisting of all TCC PIs/PDs and program representatives from NIMHD. The TCC Program Coordinating Committee will meet at least annually to assess progress toward program goals and promote information exchange across regions.

Planning Phase and Program Implementation Phase

The goal of the planning phase is to: a) solidify collaborative relationships with all partners for a regional organizational structure that will support research, implementation and dissemination activities; b) fully assess existing research and outreach/dissemination capacity for the proposed activities, including scientific and administrative resources and needs; c) identify and engage additional partners needed to fill identified gaps; d) finalize procedures for soliciting, selecting and overseeing pilot research projects and identify initial projects to be supported during the implementation phase, and e) develop a detailed plan for executing the implementation phase.

Sponsor Deadlines:

Letter of Intent – January 6, 2013
Full Proposal – February 6, 2013