FY17National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trial Education Program in the U.S.

DHHS/OASH Call for Applications
Last date: 
Friday, March 31, 2017
United States

Detailed Description

The U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
(OASH) is currently accepting applications from eligible entities for
its program titled “FY17 National Lupus Outreach and Clinical Trial Education Program” under “Minority Health Community Programs to Improve Minority Health”.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease that causes a host of symptoms and poses significant disease management and
treatment challenges for patients and health care providers. In
autoimmune disorders such as lupus, the immune system, which is designed
to protect against infection, creates auto antibodies that attack the
body’s own tissues and organs. These auto antibodies cause inflammation
which damages organs and tissue. Although science has made significant
advances in the treatment and management of this disease, there is still
no cure for lupus. In the United States, lupus disproportionately affects African Americans, Asians, and American Indians. People of African Caribbean
or African descent may also be at higher risk. Lupus is two to three
times more common in African American populations. The age range for
individuals with lupus also varies widely. Lupus can occur in very young
children or the elderly; however, the average age range for diagnosis of lupus is generally between 15 and 44. In this age group, women
with lupus outnumber men 12 to 1. Because these are childbearing years,
the impact of lupus on women is particularly problematic.

National efforts to increase minority participation in clinical trials have been underway for the past
twenty-five years, and recent evidence suggests that progress has been
made in all phases of clinical trial research. To foster participation,
researchers have explored barriers to participation such as patient
mistrust, access to care, and perceptions of providers. Patient mistrust
of medical research among minority populations, especially among
African Americans, has been well documented. Patient beliefs that
physicians might not fully explain the details of participation or would
allow participation in clinical trials even if serious harm were
possible is evidence that providers play a pivotal role in clinical
trial participation. Access to health care, especially lack of insurance
coverage, has also been suggested as a reason for lack of participation
in clinical trials.

Program Priorities

Program will accomplish the following goals:

  • Priority A: Increase awareness and screening for lupus in minority populations;
  • Priority B: Increase the number of tested models
    designed to improve knowledge, attitudes and practices (or behavioral
    intentions) among health care providers and paraprofessionals who
    recommend clinical trial participation to minority populations,
    particularly groups underrepresented in clinical research.

Award Information

The estimated total funding allotted to this program is $2,000,000, with award ceiling of up to $325,000 and award floor of up to $250,000.

Eligibility Criteria

The following entities are eligible to apply:

  • State governments
  • County Governments
  • Special district governments
  • Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
  • Native American tribal governments (Federally recognized)
  • Public Housing authorities/Indian housing authorities
  • Native American tribal organizations (other than federally recognized tribal governments)
  • Nonprofit with 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education)
  • Nonprofit without 501(c)(3) IRS status (other than institution of higher education)
  • Private Institutions of higher education
  • For-profit organizations (other than small business)
  • Small, minority, and women-owned businesses

How to Apply

Applications must be submitted online via given website.

Eligible Country: United States

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