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Strong Heart Study Funding Opportunities


Strongheart Tribal Approach to Research (STAR) Projects

Research for the Heart of Your Community


***Please 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 that will address community health needs and priorities that are focused in research areas that fit within the research areas of the Strong Heart Study and the National Institutes of Health. Funding will be provided for the research projects of one-year duration that will be conducted from May 1, 2022 through April 30, 2023.


Any community member of one of the Strong Heart Study participating communities whose research would benefit the Strong Heart Study partner tribes is eligible to apply. Community members with appropriate background, college students, and Tribal and other organizations **serving the Strong Heart Study communities** are encouraged to apply.

 Key Dates:

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


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

Key Dates

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 potential project idea and a one-page brief draft budget. This information will be reviewed by the Oklahoma 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.

Pre-Application Requirements:

  • Submit optional Pre-Application by emailing as follows:
           Dr. Taqueer Ali at  - for applicants from Oklahoma
           Ms. Cynthia West at - for applicants from Arizona    
           Ms. Marcia O'Leary at 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:
    • What is the research question/community health concern you want to address?
    • How is your idea a unique approach to the problem you want to address?
    • What data will you gather to answer this question?
    • How will you accomplish the research work described over 12-month time period?  Please break out answer by quarters and include start of the research project through final report.
    • After completing the research project, what do you plan to do with the data? 
    • Draft budget (not to exceed one page) - Please include a brief breakdown of allowable direct costs under the following categories: personnel, supplies, travel, and other expenses. Indirect costs may not exceed 8%.

 Application Instructions

Key Dates

Open Dates (Earliest Submission Date)

August 15, 2021 

Application Due Dates

December 15, 2021 

 Application Requirements

  • Complete online application , submit all of the required information at The required components include:
  •  Research Plan (5 pages) including:
    a)    Approach outlining the background information or preliminary data supporting the project, proposed methods, project timeline, plan for translation of results to community partners, sustainability strategies and plans for evolving into new collaborations or independently funded research projects.
    b)  Significance of the work for filling scientific, policy and/or community needs to advance Native health equity in the context of the aims of the Strong Heart Study. References and Letters of Support are not included in the page limit.
  • 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 generated.
  • Budget (not to exceed $30,000 in Direct costs; Indirect costs may not exceed 8%) and Budget Justification following the NIH 398 form format. Funding for faculty salaries is not permissible. Equipment (>$5,000) may be requested with thorough justification. Funds generally considered covered by indirect costs under NIH guidelines may not be appropriate for community partners where indirect costs are not applicable. In these cases, costs may be covered if appropriately justified.  Travel costs may be requested if appropriately justified as necessary for community-based projects only. All guidelines pertaining to allowable expenses on federal grants will be followed as applicable for these awards. 

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 the NIH 1-9 scale for Significance, Innovation, Approach, and Investigator; relevance to Strong Heart Study goals; and the impact of the proposed project on the potential for future career development, further research or community action. Strong Heart Study will send the full application for each STAR Project finalist to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health for final review. 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.

Requirements for Funded STAR Projects

  • If your application is selected for funding and if your research involve human subjects, you and your key personnel will be required to complete two online trainings courses on human subjects protection offered by the CITI Program (Group 1 Biomedical Research Investigators and Key Personnel and Responsible Conduct of Research) and will need to email completion certificates to Dr. Tauqeer Ali at ( for participants from Oklahoma; Ms. Cynthia West at ( for applicants from Arizona; Ms. Marcia O’Leary at (  for applicants from North Dakota and South Dakota   by February 28, 2022. Strong Heart Study will submit your research proposal to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma City Area Indian Health Service Institutional Review Boards (IRBs) for approval.
  • Research funding must be expended by April 30, 2023. An interim progress report will be due every quarter from the start date of the project, and a final report will be due prior to the final invoice (all projects are to be completed within one year).
  • Proposal lead applicant should plan to present their research to the Strong Heart Steering committee 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.