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Diversity Trailblazer Award

The Diversity Trailblazer Award is intended to fund early efforts to develop community-engaged research or engage special populations in clinical and translational research.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2020-2021 Diversity Trailblazer Awards in Fall 2019. If you have questions please contact us at or 913-588-6290.

Two funding opportunities are available.

  • One research project will be funded. The maximum allowable amount for the research project is $10,000.
  • Funds are also available for projects that propose program-related activities that enhance diversity and/or patient and community engagement. Project enhancement activities can include: costs to establish patient or community advisory boards; stipends for advisory board members (patients and/or community members); partnership meeting costs (excluding food); supplies; software; database acquisition; video/media development; or other justified expenses that support engaging participants from diverse populations in the research process. The maximum allowable amount for each project-related award is $2,500.

Proposals for the Diversity Trailblazer Award will be reviewed by the Frontiers Integrating Special Populations leadership team for scientific merit and patient/stakeholder/community need, with recommendations forwarded to Frontiers leadership for final funding decisions. Funds may not be used for investigator salary support or travel. Support for study team personnel will be considered.

Proposals should include a background section (significance/problem, project description), specific aim(s), a description of the collaborating (or targeted) community, stakeholder or patient group/organization and the engagement process/goals. There are no page requirements, but succinct protocols are encouraged. Generally, four to six pages in length is adequate.

A total of $20,000 each year is available. If applicable, projects that are IRB approved are encouraged; projects ready to submit to IRB for approval are allowed. IRB documentation is required. Indirect/Facilities and Administration costs are not allowed for Frontiers Awards.

All funds awarded for 2019-2020 must be spent by June 30, 2020.

Last modified: Jun 04, 2019