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CDC Grants for Public Health Research Dissertation (R36)

Total Grants Amount: Grants to support dissertation research will provide no more than $35,000 in direct costs per year, and are awarded for up to one year, with the possibility of extension without additional funds for up to 12 months.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the availability of CDC Public Health Research Dissertation Award grants (R36) to support public health doctoral dissertation research. Grant support is designed to encourage doctoral candidates from a variety of academic disciplines and programs to conduct research in these areas of interest to CDC. It is hoped that this program will ultimately facilitate the entry of promising new investigators into the field of public health research.

The mission of CDC is to promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. The research sponsored and conducted by the Agency develops and presents scientific evidence regarding all aspects of public health. It addresses issues of basic, behavioral, and applied sciences (i.e., health statistics and research methodology) related to health promotion, disease prevention, injury and disability prevention, and health protection from infectious, environmental and terrorist health threats. It evaluates both public health services and the system in which these services are provided. These scientific results improve the evidence base to enable better decisions about health and help CDC achieve true improvements in people’s lives by accelerating health impact and reducing health disparities.

CDC is committed to achieving true improvements in people’s health. To do this, the agency is defining specific health impact goals to prioritize and focus its work and investments and measure progress. Research applications must address one of these four goals and reference at least one starter objective. Applicants are strongly encouraged to focus on topical areas unique to CDC, demonstrating how expected results can be used or made available for use to enhance public health and quality of life. Results should be directly relevant to customers, such as consumers, public health agencies and organizations such as state/local departments of health and community-based organizations, targeted populations, providers and practitioners, administrators, and policymakers. CDC’s Health Protection Goals are:

(1) Healthy People in Every Stage of Life - All people, and especially those at greater risk of health disparities, will achieve their optimal lifespan with the best possible quality of health in every stage of life;
(2) Healthy People in Healthy Places – The places where people live, work, learn, and play will protect and promote their health and safety, especially those at greater risk of health disparities;
(3) People Prepared for Emerging Health Threats – People in all communities will be protected from infectious, occupational, environmental, and terrorist threats; and
(4) Healthy People in a Healthy World - People around the world will live safer, healthier and longer lives through health promotion, health protection, and health diplomacy.

Applicants are further encouraged to address public health research issues critical to CDC priority populations, including: low-income and minority groups; women, children, the elderly; and individuals with disabilities.

Funding Organization
US Department of Health and Human Services
Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Fund Category
Other Health-Related
Support Types
Eligible Organizations
Minimum Amount
Award Amount Notes
The average award amount will be $35,000 in direct costs per year, and are awarded for up to one year, with the possibility of extension without additional funds for up to 12 months. The anticipated start date for new awards is within 5 months of submission.

Letter of Intent Date
Application Due Date
Application Contact
Mattie Jackson
CDC Procurement & Grants Ofc
2920 Brandywine Road
Atlanta, GA 30341
Phone: (770) 488-2696
Fax: (770) 488-2777
Technical Contact
Susan Clark
Ofc of Public Health RschCDC Ofc of the Chief Sci Officer
1600 Clifton Rd
MS D-72
Atlanta, GA 30333
Phone: (404) 639-4795
Fax: (404) 639-4903
Disease Prevention
Public Awareness
Quality of Life
Research Programs
General Public
Application Process
To download the SF424 (R&R) Application Package and SF424 (R&R) Application Guide for completing the SF424 (R&R) forms for this FOA, link to and follow the directions provided on that website. For further assistance, contact GrantsInfo, Telephone (301) 435-0714, E-mail: Telecommunications for the hearing impaired: TTY 301-451-0088. Applications must only be submitted electronically; paper applications will not be accepted.
This FOA provides funding support of dissertation research through the CDC Dissertation Award (R36) mechanism.
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Disclaimer: NPIN provides this information as a public service only. The views and information provided about the materials, funding opportunities, and organizations do not necessarily state or reflect those of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, CDC, or NPIN. Fund Record #3323

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