National Institute on Minority Health & Health Disparities- Future Funding Announcement

“The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) intends to promote the first of several planned NIMHD Precision Medicine initiatives by publishing a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) to solicit applications for new Transdisciplinary Collaborative Centers (TCCs) for health disparities research focused on examining the potential for integrative precision medicine approaches to help improve minority health and reduce or eliminate health disparities. This Notice is being provided to allow potential applicants sufficient time to develop meaningful collaborations and responsive projects. This new TCC FOA is expected to be published in the spring of 2015 with an expected application due date in late summer 2015. The FOA will use the U54 cooperative agreement award activity code.” (

  • For more information on this future grant opportunity click here
  • Contact Nishadi Rajapakse for more information & help- Nishadi Rajapakse, PhD, MHS National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) Telephone: 301-496-4338 Email:

Aetna Foundation to Give $1.2 Million For Digital Health Innovations

Aetna Foundation

The Aetna Foundation is giving $1.2 million in grants in part of a larger $4 million, three year digital health commitment to support the use of digital health technology among vulnerable and minority populations. The grants will be awarded to 23 organizations across 13 states, including health care organizations, regional hospitals and grassroots interventions all focused on easy-to-use ways to leverage existing technology to impact health. The deadline for call to paper is March 1, 2014.

Read more about the grant here.

Interested in applying? Why don’t you try a mapping project and use Mappler?

Juhi Mawla, Intern,

Apply for the EPA Collaborative Problem-Solving Cooperative Agreements Program


The EPA is seeking applications for the 2014 Environmental Justice Collaborative Problem-Solving (EJCPS) Cooperative Agreement Program. Funding is available for  eligible applicants for projects that address local environmental and/or public health issues within an affected community.  Awards are up to $120,000 per award for a two-year project period.  The deadline for applications is February 18, 2014.

Interested in applying? Why don’t you try a mapping project and use Mappler?

For more information, check out the EPA website and grant guidelines.

Juhi Mawla, Intern,

NCI Grant Opportunities


The National Cancer Institute (NCI) currently has a site called, which provides currently funded statistical grants within the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences. The Statistical Grant Portfolio consists of about 100 funded projects in biometry and biostatistics. These projects are related to areas of research that NCI is currently emphasizing, including cancer treatment, etiology, epidemiology, cancer prevention, outcomes research, dietary assessment, and cancer surveillance.

To view the grants available, please visit this site.

Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC

The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) Grant Opportunity


The Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC) is an interagency committee that promotes the coordinated development, use, sharing, and dissemination of geospatial data on a national basis.

FGDC offers three funding programs:

1. Cooperative Agreements Program (CAP) for projects that will establish clearinghouses to find and access geo-spatial data, develop standards related to geographic data, implement educational programs to increase awareness and understanding of the National Spatial Data Infrastructure, and build or strengthen relationships among organizations to support digital geographic data coordination.

2. Framework Demonstration Projects Program (FDPP) that supports efforts to implement and test the data, technology, and organizational aspects of the framework. Consortia propose projects in which their members work together to produce, maintain, and disseminate framework data needed for national, regional, state, and local analyses.

3. The Natioinal Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) Benefits program funds cooperative projects that assess the impact of inter-organizational cooperation and data sharing to address important issues or solve problems over a particular geographic area. Projects may focus on environmental, economic, social, or cultural problems.

For more information about grant opportunities, please click the link to the site here.

Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC

GSDI Grant Program


This grant is geared toward the constructing of a Global Spatial Data Infrastructure (GSDI) involving the development and open sharing of digital map data. The goal is to map the entire land area of the globe at a 1-km resolution and better, with boundaries, drainage systems, transportation networks, population centers, elevation, land cover, land use, and vegetation.

Anyone who would like to partake in this project is invited, especially organizations that are not yet participating. The grant program is a valuable resource for national mapping organizations or spatial data development organizations that are leading the effort to build a national spatial data infrastructure within a country and that are, or wish to become, participants in Global Map.

You can access more information at or

Please refer to the following documents for specific details of the Global Map/GSDI Grant program.

Melissa Lawrence, Rutgers Student Intern, VERTICES, LLC