The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was established in 1985 through a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) as a congressionally mandated program to support minority institutions. In 2012, the RCMI Program was transferred to the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
The RCMI Program had a tremendous impact on enhancing the research capacity and infrastructure at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University. The RCMI Program recruited, established and promising researchers, acquired advanced instrumentation, established cutting-edge biomedical research laboratories, funded research facilities, and other research support. The FAMU RCMI Program served as a cornerstone for the University and the College and has contributed to the attraction and training of outstanding minority students and faculty members. The continued support of the RCMI Program allowed FAMU faculty to strengthen their biomedical research capabilities to facilitate their entry into the mainstream-funding arena. The FAMU RCMI provided a vibrant research environment marked by workshops on cutting-edge research techniques; frequent research workshops and seminars by guest scientists. The FAMU RCMI Center provided needed research support for early career investigator’s in the area of Minority Health and Health Disparities. The FAMU RCMI Center continues to impact the biomedical research at the University level including College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, School of Environment, School of Nursing, College of Engineering (FAMU-FSU), College of Science and Technology departments: Biology and Chemistry. Since the FAMU RCMI’s beginning, the growing number of papers published in peer-reviewed journals and the number and amount of grants obtained by the faculty have been the most noticeable trademarks of its accomplishment. The FAMU RCMI also participates in a national consortium, the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN) which facilitates collaboration, large scale projects and sharing of facilities among Research Centers in Minority Institutions.
The RPA Core will recruit and hire a scientist for a position as an Associate Professor in molecular genetics (as a component to the Molecular Genetics Core) to enhance faculty and staff proficiency. The funding of FAMU RCMI program is relevant to the State of Florida and specifically, the nation as it seeks to increase the number of minority research investigators, thereby, improving the education and research effectiveness in addressing health care issues affecting minorities and African American communities. These efforts will result in positive health outcomes in addition to decreasing and eliminating health disparities.
The Theme of the Center:
One team-One goal, benefiting the health of minorities.