NIGMS Programs Funded to Expand COVID-19 Testing for Underserved Communities

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The National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) is pleased to announce five grant awards as part of the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics for Underserved Populations (RADx-UP) program, a $500 million National Institutes of Health (NIH)-wide initiative. The program aims to understand COVID-19 testing patterns among underserved and vulnerable populations; strengthen data on disparities in infection rates, disease progression, and outcomes; and develop strategies to reduce disparities in COVID-19 testing. NIGMS staff helped lead this trans-NIH initiative.

Four out of the five NIGMS awards went to Institutional Development Award (IDeA) program grantees: Delaware State University, Melissa A. Harrington, P20-GM103653-09S1; Brown University, James F. Padbury, U54-GM115677-05S1; University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Judith A. James, U54-GM104938-08S1; and West Virginia University, Sally Lynn Hodder, U54-GM104942-05S3. Delaware State University is a historically black college or university (HBCU). The fifth award went to an NIGMS Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) grantee: Cherokee Nation, Sohail Khan, S06-GM127983-03S1.

These awards align with NIGMS’ mission to help build the nation’s research capacity through the IDeA and NARCH programs. They will also allow a greater understanding of the basis for the morbidity and mortality disparities observed in vulnerable and underserved populations that are disproportionately affected by COVID-19.

For more information about RADx-UP and other Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) programs, visit the NIH RADx webpage.

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