GMaP Grant

Building on its commitment to reduce cancer health disparities in the Mountain West, Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) has received funding to aid in development of cancer health disparities researchers from the Geographical Management of Cancer Health Disparities (GMaP) program at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to aid in development of cancer health disparities researchers.

The GMaP grant supports researchers through thsee means:

  • Virtual engagement and mentorship
  • Interactive distance education and mentoring approaches
  • Traditional face-to-face interaction

GMaP Objectives

These are the objectives of GMaP:
  • Advance the science of cancer health disparities research
  • Promote development of the next generation of underrepresented cancer and CHD researchers
  • Contribute to measurable reductions in cancer health disparities in this region

GMaP Region 6 has awarded more than $22,000 in travel funds and more than $120,000 in pilot funds. Additionally, we have matched more than 20 trainees to mentors. We also provide monthly educational webinars and annual in-person meetings. 

Regional Partnerships 

  • Alliance Community Health Center
  • American Cancer Society
  • Billings Clinic
  • Black Hills Center for American Indian Health
  • Boise State University
  • Immunize Nevada
  • Minot State University
  • Montana Cancer Consortium
  • Montana State University, Billings
  • Nevada State College
  • North Dakota State University
  • Roseman University of Health Sciences
  • Salish Kootenai College
  • Salt Lake Community College
  • Sanford Health
  • Sitting Bull College
  • Southern Utah University
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Wyoming
  • Utah Department of Health
  • University of Utah

Other GMaP Regions & Centers



Currently Accepting Applications

The GMaP Research Scholar Travel Funds Program is currently accepting applications for events/activities that occur after May 1, 2018 to support career development opportunities for cancer and health disparities researchers. It is designed to assist undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, early career scholars (such as research scientists), junior faculty (within five years of faculty appointment), and recent K Award, R03, and R21 recipients interested in cancer and health disparities research.

The Research Scholar Travel Funds can help with travel expenses for these types of events:

  • Conferences
  • Workshops and trainings
  • Grant development/grantsmanship
  • Mentor/mentee meetings
  • Other qualified career development opportunities

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible scholars must complete these requirements:

  • Reside in a GMaP Region 6 state (ID, MT, NV, ND, SD, UT, and WY)
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Complete a GMaP Region 6 Travel Stipend application
  • Conducting or interested in conducting cancer research in clinical, basic, behavioral, or population science areas

Applications must be received no less than 30 days prior to intended travel. Early applications are encouraged!

Learn more about Research Scholar Travel Funds and apply today!

Pilot Funds

Application deadline is closed.

Pilot funds ($20,000) are one-year grants for new or early stage investigators focused on cancer health disparities. Funds awarded may be adjusted based on institutional indirect costs. 

Eligibility Requirements 

Applicants for pilot funds must meet these requirements:
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident
  • Be a member of the GMaP Region 6 Network
  • Address a relevant cancer health disparity problem within Region 6
  • Be a PhD candidate with proof of enrollment a new or early-stage investigator at an institution within GMaP Region 6
    • New Investigator – individual has not previously competed successfully for a substantial NIH independent research award.
    • Early Stage Investigator (ESI) – individual is within 10 years of completing terminal research degree, medical residency, or equivalent.

Learn more about pilot funds.


Questions About GMaP Region 6?

Anna Reineke, Regional Coordinating Director, GMaP Region 6