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Deadline Extended: Indigenous Trauma and Resilience Research Center Pilot Grant Program

The Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center (ITRRC) is announcing a new pilot grant program for 2022-23. These 1-year pilot grants are designed to fund research addressing the impact of historical and unresolved trauma on health inequities within the American Indian (AI) and Alaska Native (AN) populations.

Background/Purpose: The ITRRC is funded through the Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence (CoBRE) program of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The goals of this program are to develop a critical mass of investigators competitive for peer-reviewed external research funding and establish research centers in states with historically low levels of NIH funding.

The ITRRC has several cores to assist investigators in preparing their applications:

  • Human Subjects Core (HSC) – The goal of the HSC is to build human subjects research capacity at UND while promoting effective and appropriate tribal engagement. Contact Roselle Martin ( for assistance with human subjects research and compliance.
  • Community Engagement and Outreach Core (CEOC) – The goal of the CEOC is to increase culturally appropriate research with AI/AN communities through bidirectional outreach and training. The CEOC offers a Research Ethics Training for Health in Indigenous Communities (rETHICS) training toolkit through the UND continuing medical education portal. Contact the Sue Thompson ( for more information.
  • Administrative Core (AC) – The AC provides administrative support for the ITRRC and pilot projects program. Contact if you have any questions regarding the development of your application.

Application Due Date:  Saturday, April 30, 2022

Maximum Award: Up to $75,000 (including indirect costs)

Eligibility: All basic science/clinical/translational/population health or other faculty members throughout the University of North Dakota (UND) are encouraged to apply. Pilot funding priorities are given to tenure-track, junior investigators. Individuals holding postdoctoral training positions are not eligible to lead pilot projects. Salary support is an allowable budget item. Collaborators are allowed, but funds can only be provided to collaborators from North Dakota institutions.

Application Format: Applications should be prepared in general accordance with the NIH PHS 398 application guidelines.

For more information, contact Kristina Beiswenger at