Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)



The Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program at Florida A&M University (FAMU) 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).


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The RCMI Program has a tremendous impact on enhancing the research capacity and infrastructure at FAMU. The RCMI Program recruits established and promising researchers, acquire advanced instrumentation, establishes cutting-edge biomedical research laboratories, and funds research facilities and other research support.

The FAMU RCMI Program serves as a cornerstone for the University and the College. It contributes to the attraction and training of outstanding minority learners and faculty members. The continued support of the RCMI Program allows FAMU faculty to strengthen their biomedical research capabilities to facilitate their entry into the mainstream-funding arena.

The RCMI Program provides a vibrant research environment marked by workshops on cutting-edge research techniques, frequent research workshops, and seminars by guest scientists. The RCMI Program provides needed research support for early-career investigators on minority health and health disparities.

The RCMI Program continues to impact biomedical research at the university level, including College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health, School of Environment, School of Nursing, College of Engineering (FAMU-FSU), College of Science and Technology departments: Biology and Chemistry.

Since the beginning of the Program, the growing number of papers published in peer-reviewed journals and the number of grants obtained by the faculty have been the most noticeable trademarks of its accomplishment. The FAMU RCMI Program also participates in a national consortium, the Research Centers in Minority Institutions Translational Research Network (RTRN), which facilitates collaboration, large-scale projects, and sharing facilities among Research Centers in Minority Institutions.






Please get in touch with us if you are inquiring about the use of our facilities, if you'd like to discuss your research, if you'd like to collaborate with us on a research project, or if you'd like more information on our programs and services.

Sharon Arradondo
Coordinator of Research Programs and Services

Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI)
Florida A&M University
College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, Institute of Public Health