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Funding Announcement NIH COMPASS: Health Equity Research Hubs

Posted by on September 11th, 2023 Posted in: Blog

We are promoting this funding opportunity for a multi-agency approach to addressing health equity and social determinants of health.  Your agency may be interested in the opportunity or, in the future, participate as part of the community-based interventions.  This will be an area of interventions to watch…


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The NIH Common Fund is accepting applications for the Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Health Equity Research Hubs (Hubs).  The Hubs will serve as a centralized research resource, providing tailored scientific, technical, and collaborative support for sustainable community engagement, research capacity building, and training to support community-led health equity structural intervention (CHESI) projects in collaboration with the ComPASS Coordination Center (CCC). Each Hub will support four (4) to six (6) awarded CHESI projects and connect them to scientific and technical resources. Hub assignment of CHESI projects will be based on thematically organized SDOH/structural factors.  The Hub investigative team must demonstrate significant expertise and experience coordinating complex consortia and collaborative efforts that involve communities and populations that experience health disparities, researchers, and multi-sectoral partners.

CHESI, Hubs, and the CCC are complementary initiatives under the ComPASS Program. CHESI projects intervene on structural factors that create and perpetuate health inequities; CCC provides administration, coordination, data, and capacity-building and training support to the CHESI projects.

Letters of intent are due September 30, 2023. The application due date is October 31, 2023.  For more details on how to apply, read the full Notice of Funding Opportunity: https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/rfa-files/RFA-RM-23-012.html

The ComPASS program provides resources and frameworks for innovative intervention projects focusing on social determinants of health for community-empowered research. The program will enable communities and researchers to work as partners in all phases of the research process to enhance quality interventions and advance health disparities research. The research will improve health outcomes in communities affected by health disparities and inform social policies, systems, and practices to achieve optimal health for all.


To NIH ComPass Logoadvance the science of health disparities and advance health equity research, the NIH Common Fund launched the Community Partnerships to Advance Science for Society (ComPASS) Program. The goals of ComPASS are to 1) develop, share, and evaluate community-led health equity structural interventions that leverage partnerships across multiple sectors to reduce health disparities and 2) develop a new health equity research model for community-led, multisector structural intervention research across NIH and other federal agencies.






The NIH Common Fund is a funding entity within the NIH developed to catalyze discovery across all biomedical and behavioral research. These programs create a space where investigators and multiple NIH Institutes and Centers collaborate on innovative research expected to address high priority challenges for the NIH as a whole and make a broader impact in the scientific community.

The Common Fund :

  • makes substantial investments in time-limited, goal-driven programs in order to change significantly the trajectory of biomedical research
  • accelerates emerging science, enhance the biomedical research workforce, remove research roadblocks, and support high-risk high-reward science
  • gathers diverse input from NIH leadership, staff, and the broad biomedical research community to plan our programs
  • assembles consortia of multidisciplinary, innovative research who collaborate to tackle a shared, ambitious goal

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