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Setting the foundation for NIH tribal health research



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What We Do

Building research partnerships for healthy Tribal Nations

The NIH Tribal Health Research Office is dedicated to building research partnerships for healthy Tribal Nations. In all we do, we acknowledge the enduring hope, resiliency, wisdom, and strengths of American Indian and Alaska Native communities across the country.

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In the News

November 30, 2023

Apply Now to the NCI iCURE Program

Applications for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI’s) Fall 2024 Intramural Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (iCURE) program are being accepted now through December 6, 2023. The program is a mentored research experience for students and scientists from diverse backgrounds. To learn more about the program and to apply, visit the iCURE webpage, which also includes a pre-recorded, pre-application webinar link. 

November 30, 2023

PAR-24-041: NARCH Planning Grants (R34 – Clinical Trial Not Allowed)

A new Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) specific for Tribes and Tribal organizations has been released: Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) Planning Grants (PAR-24-041). The NOFO will support planning grants for Tribes and Tribal organizations to plan and conduct preparatory work in developing a future NARCH application. Learn more and apply now.

November 21, 2023

Native American Heritage Month at COSWD

In the latest Diversity Blog by the Office of the Director, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity (COSWD), Dr. Marie A. Bernard discusses her perspective as a physician and researcher from Oklahoma and highlights the office’s new initiative involving outreach to research-active institutions, including Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). Read their latest post.

November 7, 2023

Bringing Science to Tribal Community

The NIH Catalyst newsletter reports on the August 2023 annual Tribal Advisory Committee (TAC) meeting where elected Tribal officials exchanged views, gathered information, and advised how NIH programs could best address the health challenges facing their communities.

Featured NIH-Wide Resources and Initiatives


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Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx)

An initiative to speed innovation in the development, commercialization, and implementation of technologies for COVID-19 testing.


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All of Us Research Program

A research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease.

Accelerating Medicines Partnership

A bold venture to help identify new treatments and cures for diseases.

NIH HEAL Initiative

Trans-agency effort to speed scientific solutions to stem the national opioid crisis.

Impact of NIH Research

NIH-supported research has had a major positive impact on nearly all of our lives.

Ending Structural Racism

Learn more about NIH’s efforts to end structural racism in biomedical research through the UNITE initiative.

Clinical Trials

Learn about participating in clinical trials and where to find them.

Medical Research Initiatives

Important initiatives aimed at improving medical research.