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Request for Applications: Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center Pilot Grant Program 2023-24

A request for applications (RFA) for the 2023-24 Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center (ITRRC) Pilot Grant Program has been released. You may find a copy of the RFA at the Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center online.

Overview: The Indigenous Trauma & Resilience Research Center (ITRRC) is announcing the pilot grant program for 2023-24. 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 the CoBRE 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 (see RFA full online).

Application Due Date: April 28, 2023

Maximum Award: Up to $75,000 (including indirect costs). The number of pilot projects awarded is contingent on NIH funding.

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 preference will be given to junior faculty 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.

Evaluation: Applications will be reviewed by the Internal Advisory Committee (IAC) and External Advisory Committee (EAC). All applicants will receive scores and comments to improve their proposals. Revised applications may be accepted based on perceived potential for applicants to address any weaknesses identified by reviewers. Upon approval from IAC and EAC, proposals are to be routed through Novelution per UND guidelines. Recommendations for funding will be shared with NIH, and prior approval by NIH is required before the commencement of any pilot projects.

Proposals should be submitted by email to Tori McIntosh ( by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2023.

Questions or concerns can be sent to the Department of Indigenous Health Grants & Project Coordinator, Tori McIntosh, at