NIH awards 10 grants addressing firearm violence prevention research

Approximately 40,000 deaths each year in the U.S are from firearms, and gun homicide rates are 20 times higher for Black versus White young men, contributing to the health inequities in the U.S. To address this issue, Congress appropriated $12.5 million to NIH in FY21 to fund research on firearm violence prevention research. Augmented by additional funds from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), NIH awarded 10 grants in response to two funding announcements (PAR-21-191, PAR-21-192). The grant awards are consistent with a public health approach to firearm injury and mortality prevention and includes various types of projects including the evaluation of community violence intervention programs, risk and protective factors for firearm injury and mortality, and a range of types of firearm violence including suicide, youth violence, and childhood injury. See grant award details.