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Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office

News Announcement: Sexual and Gender Minorities (SGM) are officially designated as a Health Disparity Population (HDP) for NIH research. Click to learn more.

Who We Are

The Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) coordinates sexual and gender minority (SGM)--related research and activities by working directly with the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices. The office was officially established in September 2015 within the NIH Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI).

“Sexual and gender minority” is an umbrella phrase that encompasses lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender populations as well as those whose sexual orientation, gender identity and expressions, or reproductive development varies from traditional, societal, cultural, or physiological norms.

What We Do

  • Coordinate SGM health research activities across NIH
  • Represent NIH at conferences and events on trans-NIH activities focused on SGM research
  • Coordinate and convene conferences and workshops to inform priority setting and research activities
  • Collaborate with NIH Institutes and Centers on the development of SGM health research reports
  • Manage information dissemination related to SGM research
  • Work with NIH Institutes and Centers to leverage resources and develop initiatives to support SGM health research

Strategic Goals

  1. Expand the knowledge base of SGM health and well-being
  2. Remove barriers to planning, conducting, and reporting research about SGM health and well-being
  3. Strengthen the community of researchers and scholars conducting SGM research
  4. Evaluate progress on advancing SGM research

For a complete review of our goals and objectives see the NIH SGM Research Strategic Plan.

The NIH SGM Research Coordinating Committee (RCC)

The NIH SGM Research Coordinating Committee (RCC) provides a trans-NIH forum for discussing the diverse health research issues of SGM communities and serves as a catalyst for developing additional research and research training initiatives in these areas.  (SGM-RCC Members list.)

SGM RCC Functions

  • Facilitate and coordinate collaborations and other activities related to SGM health research across the NIH Institutes, Centers, and Offices, as well as with other federal agencies  
  • Develop potential research and research training activities for NIH and ICO leadership to consider as a result of recommendations from the Institute of Medicine report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender health
  • Provide advice to the SGMRO on implementation and evaluation of the NIH SGM Research Strategic Plan


Karen L. Parker , Ph.D., M.S.W.
Karen L. Parker , Ph.D., M.S.W. is appointed as Director of SGMRO.

Announcement, by DPCPSI Director James M. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D.

Pride 2016

Related Information

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Contact Us

To contact the Sexual and Gender Minority Research Office, email us at

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