Funding Opportunities

The HDR@UCR Center’s training and research activities include a variety of novel funding opportunities, available to UCR postdoctoral fellows, junior faculty (clinical, basic sciences, and social sciences), and teams of researchers.

We anticipate the next round of funding will take place from 2023–2024. Please send all applications by email to Cristina Gonzalez with the words "Health Disparities” and funding opportunity indicated in the email subject line (e.g., Health Disparities Interdisciplinary Research Working Group).

HDR@UCR encourages submissions to the PIC, FIRST, and IRWG grants to focus their proposals health disparities, whether a clinical research topic or a Coronavirus research topic where applicable.  

If you have any questions about your proposal, you can contact Dr. Lo ( or Dr. McMullin ( 

See the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.


Interdisciplinary Research Working Groups (IRWG)

Funding is available to support Interdisciplinary groups of researchers with a specific focus on a health disparity topic. The theme must be problem-focused and relevant to the health disparities as defined by this center. From IRWG activities, program trainee applicants may also emerge, and funding for research goals is also available to the IRWGs (see FIRST and PIC grants).

IRWG Proposal Instructions

Fostering Interdisciplinary Research-early STage (FIRST) Pilot Grants

These are transition awards aimed at increasing early stage investigator (our program trainees) competitiveness for obtaining external funding for their research. Awards will be offered annually in the amount of up to $50,000 for 12-to-18 months.

U54 Application Template

Pilot Interdisciplinary Collaborative (PIC) Research Awards

These grants are awarded to interdisciplinary research working groups to support their research goals. Awards will be offered annually in the amount of up to $50,000 for 12-to-18 months.

U54 Application Template