|Strongheart Tribal Approach to Research (STAR) Projects
Research for the Heart of Your Community
read the information below about the STAR Projects before applying
The Strong Heart Study requests applications for the Strongheart Tribal Approach to Research (STAR) Projects to address community health priorities related to the prevention and treatment of heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders and to eliminate or reduce health disparities for these conditions.
Research areas and health topics must be related to the research areas of the Strong Heart Study and the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) which include, but are not limited to:
• Blood fats
• Cystic Fibrosis
• Health Disparities and Inequities in heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders.
Includes Social Determinants of Health https://health.gov/healthypeople/objectives-and-data/social-determinants-health
• High Blood Pressure
• Physical Activity
• Sickle Cell Disease
• Sleep Deprivation and Deficiency
• Women’s Health Research (research on how heart, lung, blood, and sleep disorders affect women)
Any applicant/organization whose research would benefit the Strong Heart Study partner Tribes is eligible to apply. Community members, college students, and Tribal and other organizations **serving the Strong Heart Study communities** are encouraged to apply.
Grant Pre-Application Due Date
October 15, 2021
Full Grant Application Due Date
December 15. 2021
Applicants Notified of Funding Decision
By February 1, 2022
Grant Funding Period
May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023
Funding will be provided for the research projects of one-year duration that will be conducted from May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023.
Applicants may request grant funds starting at $5,000 up to a maximum of $30,000.The funding is for one year only, and must be spent by the end of the grant period.
Optional Pre-Application Instructions
Optional Pre-application Due Dates
October 15, 2021
An optional Pre-Application is encouraged and shall include a narrative (not to exceed two and a half pages) about the potential project idea and an additional one-page brief draft budget. This information will be reviewed by the Strong Heart Study Center investigators and the NHLBI representatives who will provide input to applicants via phone/zoom. Although not required, the pre-application is intended to help applicants develop their public health knowledge and skills and refine their applications before submission.
- Submit optional Pre-Application by emailing to:
Dr. Taqueer Ali at email@example.com ( for applicants from Oklahoma)
Ms. Cynthia West at firstname.lastname@example.org ( for applicants from Arizona )
Ms. Marcia O'Leary at email@example.com (for applicants from North and South Dakota)
- The required components include:
- Curriculum vitae (CV) or a resume – a short written description of a person’s qualifications, career and education
- Narrative (not to exceed two and a half pages) describing:
a) What is the research question/community health concern you want to address?
b) How does your proposed project address the problem?
c) What data will you gather to answer this question?
d) How will you accomplish the research work described over 12-month time period? Please break out answer by quarters and include all activities and deliverables from the start of the research project through the final report.
e) After completing the research project, how do you plan to use the results?
Draft budget (not to exceed one page; please see next section for format) Please include a brief breakdown of allowable direct costs under the following categories: personnel, supplies, equipment, travel, and other expenses. Indirect costs may not exceed 8%.
Open Dates (Earliest Submission Date)
August 15, 2021
Application Due Dates
December 15, 2021
The required components include:
a) Significance: What are the project goals? Do
they address an important problem or critical barrier to health for the
community? How will the results of the study be used to address the problem or
barrier to health? Describe the expected impact of the project.
- Research Plan (5 pages; References and Letters of Support are not included in the page limit) including:
b) Approach: Describe the overall strategy, methodology and
planned analyses and how they relate to the project goals. If available, include
data and/or references to support your plans, Describe potential problems,
alternative strategies and benchmarks for success. Provide a timeline and
budget to complete the plans described above.
c) Investigator(s): Identify the individual(s) who will direct the project, take responsibility for hiring and managing personnel, conducting the project, and submitting all required reports and documentation for the life of the project. Please attach the CV or resume of any key personnel for the project (not included in the page limit).
d)Environment: Describe the community, location and facilities where the work will be done including the needed office space, supporting office and communications equipment, personnel, and management systems. Explain how these will challenge, or contribute to, the success of the project.
- References (unlimited)
- Letters of Support
At least one and no more than three letters of
support. These letters of support might
include: Commitment from key collaborators/partner organization with direct
involvement in the project; support from anticipated beneficiaries of the work
(e.g., communities who would benefit, scientists who might serve as advisors in
the development of data being gathered and/or scientific finding being
- Proposed Budget:
Budget not to exceed $30,000 Direct Costs. The requested award amount should be
appropriate to the level of effort required to engage in the proposed scope of
work. Please include a breakdown of
direct costs for the following categories: salaries, fringe benefits,
participant costs, travel, supplies, equipment, and other expenses. If indirect costs are needed, please include. Please use the following budget template when
uploading the budget to the STAR Projects application portal:
- Budget Justification: Please upload budget justification for each
line item in the budget to the STAR Projects application portal.
Application Review and Notification
Applications will be reviewed by a review committee comprised of the Strong Heart Study Steering Committee members. Proposals will be evaluated based on scientific merit using a 9-point scale: 1 (exceptional) - 9 (poor) for:
- Significance: Does the project address an important problem or a critical barrier for the community? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will community health, scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or interventions that impact the community?
- Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky and/or novel (not yet tested) aspects be managed? Does the budget represent a realistic allocation of funds to meet the requirements of the project? Does the timeline appear feasible and support the timely completion of the project?
- Investigator(s): Are the lead investigators, collaborators, consultants, and other researchers well suited to the project? Do they have appropriate experience and training?Have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments in their field(s)?
- Environment: Will the environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the environment, community, or collaborative arrangements?
- Overall Impact: Does the proposed project carry a strong potential for future career development, further research and/or community action? The overall impact score, which will reflect the above-mentioned review criteria and the expected impact of the final product, will be used to determine funding decisions.
Strong Heart Study in collaboration with NHLBI will make the final decision for funding. Strong Heart Study will then inform applicants of the funding decision by February 1, 2022. Funding to begin May 1, 2022 for those projects selected. All STAR Project awards are contingent upon the availability of NIH funding.
Important Requirements for Funded STAR Projects
- If your application is selected for funding and if your research involves human subjects, you and your key personnel will be required to complete two online trainings courses on human subject protection (Group 1 Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel and Responsible Conduct of Research) offered by the CITI Program at https://about.citiprogram.org/en/series/human-subjects-research-hsr/.Completion certificates for these two courses will need to be emailed to:
Tauqeer Ali at
firstname.lastname@example.org (for applicants from
Ms. Cynthia West at email@example.com (for
applicants from Arizona)
Ms. Marcia O’Leary at firstname.lastname@example.org (for
applicants from North Dakota and South Dakota)
- Strong Heart Study field centers will assist in submitting your research proposal to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for approval.
- Research funding must be expended by April 30, 2023. A quarterly progress report will be due every quarter (by July 31, 2022 for the first quarter; by October 31, 2022 for the second quarter; by January 31, 2023 for the third quarter, and by April 30, 2023 for the last quarter).All projects are to be completed within one year.
- Proposal lead applicant should plan to present their research to the Strong Heart Steering Committee and also encouraged to present to the Tribal partners during the final months of the funding year.
Please note that a second round of funding opportunity for STAR Projects will be offered in August of 2022.
**Complete online application, submit all of the required information at https://redcap.link/SHSStarProject.
The following are the guidelines that will be used by the review committee members who will be reviewing the proposals submitted for the STAR Community Pilot Research Program.
Proposal will be scored on the four numbered categories described below, plus provide an Overall Impact summary and score. The Overall Impact Score will be used to make funding decisions. An application does not need to be strong in all categories to be judged likely to have a major impact. For example, a project by first-time applicants may be essential to advance community interests. Guidance for assigning numerical scores is provided in the Scoring System section.
Overall Impact Score: Reviewer to provide an Overall Impact score to reflect the assessment of the likelihood for community impact. The principal criterion used to evaluate each proposal is the perceived likelihood that the pilot study will lead to a successful and favorable impact on community health. High-risk proposals are favorably considered provided that the potential reward is judged to justify the degree of risk involved in the investment.
Additional Scored Review Categories:
1. Significance: Does the project address an important health problem or a critical barrier to health for the community? If the aims of the project are achieved, how will scientific knowledge, technical capability, community health, and/or clinical practice be improved? How will successful completion of the aims change the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or interventions that impact the community?
2. Approach: Are the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses well-reasoned and appropriate to accomplish the project? Are potential problems, alternative strategies, and benchmarks for success presented? If the project is in the early stages of development, will the strategy establish feasibility and will particularly risky and/or novel (not yet tested) aspects be managed? Does the budget represent a realistic allocation of funds to meet the requirements of the project? Does the timeline appear feasible and support the timely completion of the project?
3. Investigator(s): Are the lead investigators, collaborators, consultants, and other researchers well suited to the project? Do they have appropriate experience and training? Have they demonstrated an ongoing record of accomplishments in their field(s)?
4. Environment: Will the environment in which the work will be done contribute to the probability of success? Are institutional support, equipment and other physical resources available to the investigators adequate for the project proposed? Will the project benefit from unique features of the environment, community, or collaborative arrangements?