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Mission Statement
The mission of the Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program is to expand the national capacity for research in the health sciences by assisting, through grant support, predominantly minority institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions and/or health-related sciences to strengthen their research environment. The primary goal is to enable these institutions to become more competitive in obtaining support for the conduct of biomedical and/or clinical research relevant to the mission of the Public Health Service.

Since 1985, Florida A&M University (FAMU) Research Center in Minority Institutions (RCMI) funding has contributed significantly to enhancing the research infrastructure at FAMU by providing the needed resources, both human and fiscal, which has contributed to the hiring of skilled technical personnel, faculty, animal facility improvements, laboratory renovations, and the purchase of major pieces of scientific equipment. The RCMI Programs serve as a cornerstone for the University and the College and has contributed to the attraction and training of outstanding minority students, and outstanding faculty members. The continued support of the RCMI Program will allow FAMU faculty to strengthen their biomedical research capabilities to facilitate its entry into the mainstream-funding arena.


about-picThe Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program enhances the research capacity and infrastructure at minority colleges and universities that offer doctorates in health sciences. Graduate institutions eligible to apply for the RCMI grants must have one or more underrepresented minority groups that comprise 50 percent or greater of their student body representation and offer doctorate degrees in the health-related sciences.

The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) program is a congressionally mandated “research infrastructure” program of the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Currently, the RCMI program is a component of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities. It provides funding to recruit established and promising researchers, acquire advanced instrumentation, modify laboratories for competitive research, fund core research facilities, and other research support. Because many investigators at RCMI institutions study diseases that disproportionately affect minorities, NCRR support serves the dual purpose of bringing more minority scientists into mainstream research and enhancing studies of minority health.

The Division of Research Infrastructure (DRI) also funds the RCMI Clinical Research Infrastructure Initiative. This initiative supports clinical research activities at institutions that have RCMIs’ to encourage minority scientists to participate in clinical investigations.

Florida A&M University Division of Research

Florida A&M University (FAMU) continues to experience phenomenal success in research. The University has over 10,734 students, 12 doctoral programs and 14 schools and colleges. FAMU is the largest single-site Historically Black College or University (HBCU) in the nation. There are more than 630 dedicated and productive faculty members who recognize quality and strive for it in teaching, research and service. For more information please visit FAMU research website at Division of Research

Goals and Aims for 2013-2018

Overall Goals
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.

FAMU RCMI Laboratory Facilities

  • Proteomic Facility
  • Flow Cytometry Facility
  • Imaging Facility
  • High Throughput Screening Facility
  • Molecular Modeling Facility
  • Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Facility
  • LC/MS Mass Spectrum Facility
  • Drug Synthesis Facility
  • Epigenetics Facility
  • Gene and Cell Manipulation Facility
  • Gene Expression Facility
  • Cell Culture Facility

Center Resources, Special Instruments, and/or Services

  • Office of Grants Management
  • Shared Instrumentation Laboratory
  • Core Analytical Instrument Laboratory
  • AAALAC Accredited Animal Facility