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Diversity Trailblazer Award

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

Applications for 2020-2021 Diversity Trailblazer Awards are now being accepted.

Applicants may request up to $10,000 for research projects; lesser amounts are acceptable and encouraged. Applicants may request up to $2,500 for programmatic projects.

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  • Applications are due Sunday, December 1, 2019
  • The application form and materials can be found online here
  • A PDF preview of all required information is available here

The goal of Frontiers' funding agency, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, is "to get more treatments to more patients more quickly". The Frontiers Diversity Trailblazer Award addresses this goal by supporting the development and implementation of innovative approaches to enhance participation by hard-to-reach, underrepresented minority, vulnerable, rural, rare and other marginalized groups who historically have not been involved in clinical and translational research. The overall intent is to promote research that produces more generalizable results disseminated in impactful publications and compete successfully for extramural funding.

Diversity Trailblazer Application Categories

Research Projects: Proposals should include a background (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.

Programmatic Projects: These awards should 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.


Frontiers Diversity Trailblazer Awards support projects that address all diseases, and include academic disciplines such as medicine, health professions, nursing, veterinary medicine, and other areas that impact clinical and translational science. Applications are invited from regional community-based organizations and faculty investigators from all Frontiers partner institutions.

Key Dates

  1. Posted Date: October 23, 2019
  2. Application Due Date: December 1, 2019
  3. Notifications Applicants: January 15, 2020
  4. IRB/IACUC Applications Due (if applicable): February 15, 2020
  5. Prior Approval materials submitted to Frontiers (pending IRB/IACUC; if applicable): April 15, 2020
  6. Prior Approval materials sent to NCATS (if applicable): May 1, 2020
  7. Funding Received/Project Start (pending NCATS approval): July 1, 2020

All funds must be spent by June 30, 2021; no carry-over is allowed.

Any questions regarding Frontiers Diversity Trailblazer Awards should be directed to or 913-588-6290.

Last modified: Oct 24, 2019