Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Research Advancing Health Equity

The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, founded in 1981 by Robert M. Jeffress in memory of his parents, is guided by its mission to benefit the people of Virginia and their research in chemical, medical, or other scientific fields.

During the past year the Jeffress Memorial Trust has completed an extensive landscape assessment of the health needs and funding landscape scan for Virginia. In an effort to address the current health needs across the state and reduce health disparities, the Jeffress Memorial Trust is shifting the scope of supported research to those activities that seek to improve community health and advance health equity. The Jeffress Memorial Trust recognizes the incredible advances of its supported investigators from previous years. We hope that our previously supported investigators continue successful research paths and look forward to seeing their research advances over the coming years.

The goals of the Jeffress Trust Awards Program in Research Advancing Health Equity is to further leverage the strengths of Virginia communities, organizations, and institutions in continuing to help its residents achieve optimal health. The Program will distribute funding to support research activities in Policy, Systems, and Environmental change strategies (PSE strategies) Analysis, Program/Practice Analysis, and General Research through the below Award mechanisms:

  • Partnership/Collaborative Establishment Awards: Two-year $150,000 awards supporting the development and establishment of collaborative research activities to advance health equity; June 30, 2022 – June 29, 2024

Recipients of Partnership/Collaborative Establishment Awards will be eligible to apply for Research Awards during their second year of funding.

  • Research Awards: Three-year $600,000 awards supporting established collaborative research consortiums that seek to advance health equity; June 30, 2022 – June 29, 2025

The Hazel Thorpe Carman and George Gay Carman Trust funds research focusing on either blood disorders or mental health. The Carman Trust may provide an additional award to support a project that aligns with these topics submitted through the Jeffress Awards Program.

The Jeffress Trust seeks to support both new and established partnerships from Virginia-based non-profit 501(c)3 organizations and municipalities.

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