Illustration of people viewing graphs and chartsThe content provided on this webpage contains information about useful resources and tools for researchers seeking to conduct SGM-related health research. These resources have been curated for both new/early and established investigators, and are not exhaustive.


Role of the SGMRO

As an Office within the Division of Program Coordination, Planning, and Strategic Initiatives (DPCPSI), the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office (SGMRO) serves as a liaison for the research community and coordinates with all the ICs to ensure SGM populations are considered and represented in research activities across the agency.

It is important to note that the SGMRO does not have grant-making authority. However, there are currently 24 Institutes and Centers (ICs) with grant-making authority at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), each with their own missions, budgets, and funding strategies. Researchers interested in securing funding from the NIH should determine how their work fits within research priorities set forth by the different ICs. Program Officers are an invaluable resource for potential applicants. These officials are responsible for the programmatic, scientific, and technical aspects of a grant within their respective ICs. They work to develop research initiatives and serve as points of contact for guidance to both applicants and grantees. They provide guidance to potential applicants about notices of funding opportunities, research project mechanisms, and other important components of the grant application process.

We strongly recommend that applicants interested in conducting SGM-related research at the NIH reach out to Program Officers prior to submitting a grant application (see below to learn how you can use NIH RePORTER to find Program Officers).

Notices of Funding Opportunities

Click here to find information on past and active notices of funding opportunities related to sexual and gender minority health research. Please note, this list is not exhaustive and additional notices of funding opportunities can be found through the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts.

Become an NIH Reviewer


The Report Expenditures and Results Tool (RePORTER) allows users to search a repository of NIH-funded research projects and access information such as publications and patents resulting from NIH funding. With RePORTER, you can also view additional details about projects, including their abstracts, specific aims, and contact information (principal investigators, program officers, institutions, etc.).

Tips on How to Use RePORTER:

  • To get the most recent results, set the most recent Fiscal Year (FY) using the field on the upper right of the search form
  • To be more inclusive, use the default value of "Active Projects" in that same field
  • To search using specific terms related to a project, use the "Text Search" box.  (i.e., type in the term "transgender" to view projects that may be related to transgender populations)
  • To search using RCDC spending categories, go to Project Details and use the NIH Spending Category field. 
    • You can view SGM-related projects by selecting the "Sexual and Gender Minority (SGM/LGBT*)" spending category
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