CTSA Program Rural Health Efforts

The NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA) Program is committed to accelerating clinical and translational research to address health disparities and the significant burden of conditions that disproportionately affect rural, minority and other underserved populations (NOT-TR-19-015). Increasing the speed, efficiency and effectiveness of clinical and translational research will reduce the burden of disease and promote health equity. Enhanced efforts by the CTSA Program to address longstanding regional health disparities are expected to provide innovative, multidisciplinary approaches to reducing the burden of disease among vulnerable populations.

Highlighted Projects

The following highlighted initiatives showcase CTSA Program-supported efforts across the country to reduce rural health disparities through collaboration, community-academic partnerships, primary care provider and pharmacist engagement, and peer outreach. Click each graphic element to learn more.



Other Rural Health Information

NCATS and CTSA Program Sponsored Events

  • The Linking Research to Rural Communities with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences webinar will expand on the Rural Monitor article from 2019 with speakers Michael Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., Kay Miller Temple, M.D., and Laura James, M.D. Join the virtual discussion on Tuesday, March 31, 2020. Register today.
  • The Inaugural NIH Rural Health Seminar held on November 18, 2019, explored how innovations in clinical and translational science could improve rural health outcomes. Watch the videocast.
  • The CTSA Program Un-Meeting on Rural Health and Health Equity focused on collaboration to improve rural health and achieve health equity. Learn more.

In the News

  • NCATS Director’s Message - April 9, 2019: Applying Translational Science to Address Rural Health Disparities. Read more.
  • CTSA ANSIBLE included a message from Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., ​to encourage the CTSA Program to expand translational research efforts that address rural health disparities and health conditions that disproportionately affect minority and special populations. See more.
  • Interview with Michael G. Kurilla, M.D., Ph.D., in the Rural Monitor - NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences: Involving Rural America In Research. See more.

CTSA Program Funding Opportunities

  • To encourage collaborations to address health disparities that disproportionately affect rural, minority and other underserved populations, the CTSA Program expanded eligibility of the Collaborative Innovation Award (U01) to currently funded NIH Institutional Development Award Program Infrastructure for Clinical and Translational Research (IDeA-CTR) institutions. For more information read the funding opportunity announcement, PAR-19-099, and the notice NOT-TR-19-016.

Other Collaborative Efforts