Department of Health and Human Services
June 18, 2013
June 18, 2013
STTR / 2013
August 19, 2013
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This initiative is intended to stimulate a partnership of ideas and technologies between small business concerns (SBCs) and non-profit research institutes to commercialization of innovative technologies for improving minority health and reducing or eliminating health disparities. The NIH defines health disparities as differences in the incidence, prevalence, morbidity, and burden of diseases and other adverse health outcomes that exist among special population groups. These population groups
include racial and ethnic minorities (African Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and other U.S. Pacific Islanders, subpopulations of all of these racial/ethnic groups), socioeconomically disadvantaged individuals, and medically
underserved individuals residing in rural and urban areas. Appropriate technologies must be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and easily accessible to those who need them. This announcement is expected to reduce health disparities within and across the priority areas of cardiovascular disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, infant mortality, mental health, and obesity, as well as lung, liver, and kidney diseases, psoriasis, scleroderma, and other diseases, illness, and conditions of public health importance.
Over the years, medical and scientific advances have fostered continued improvement in the health of all Americans. However, despite notable improvements resulting from technological advancement, minority and other health disparity populations continue to bear an alarmingly disproportionate burden of illness. Overcoming persistent disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes remains a foremost challenge. To meet this challenge, the NIMHD is committed to support a wide range of research, aimed at the development of innovative diagnostics, treatments, and preventative strategies to reduce, and eventually eliminate health disparities.
Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that have been redesigned based on the needs of one or more health disparity populations.
Appropriate technologies are defined as effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to those who need them. To be effective, a technology must provide an improvement over current quality of care for a health disparity population by overcoming one or more of the barriers. These include:
The technology must also be affordable to the local hospital, community health center, primary care physician, or individual patient in need. The development of a technology must be amenable to the population's cultural beliefs and social customs. This is critical to the successful delivery of quality healthcare.
Applications with foreign components that propose work to be conducted in foreign sites must state how this activity will improve minority health or health disparities in the U.S. Applications that do not include this information will be considered non-responsive to this FOA.