Minority / Underserved – Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

While Cures Within Reach is disease-agnostic and geography-agnostic, some of our funding partners have strategic interests in specific population groups.  Therefore, in addition to our disease-specific and geographic repurposing communities, we have a Minority and Underserved Repurposing Community to support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) efforts that utilizes the speed and cost-effectiveness of testing already approved therapies in new indications to improve the quality and length of life of minority and underserved patients as well as to support minority and underserved researchers.


We support Diversity, Equity & Inclusion efforts by finding and funding clinical repurposing projects:


  • Led by Minority and Underserved Researchers in any disease area
  • To positively impact Health Disparities within communities of color
  • To impact patients living in low and low-middle income countries (LMICs, as defined by the World Bank)

Open Funding Opportunities in Diversity, Equity & Inclusion:

More information on our Funding Opportunities / RFPs page.

As we develop and grow this Community, Cures Within Reach thanks our early funding partners:

Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust logo

for its support of our first project in Health Disparities: “Can Vitamin D reduce the burden of COVID-19?” focusing on Black and Hispanic Chicagoans,



Industry leader Takeda Pharmaceuticals supports repurposing research

for its support of Minority and Underserved communities and researchers, including:

Dr. Hamaluba researching snakebites in Kenya

Dr. Adewole researching tuberculosis in Nigeria

Dr. Nguyen researching a rare pediatric disease in Vietnam

Events and Media


Learn about our Health Disparities project in COVID-19 focused on Black and Latinx communities by watching Dr. Meltzer of University of Chicago interviewed on ABC7 Chicago and Fox Chicago and reading more in the Chicago Tribune.

Cure Accelerator Live! for Chicago 2020
September 2020
Four finalists from Chicago-based institutions competing for up to $50,000 to fund their repurposing clinical trials, including a minority-led project.  Watch Dr. Lindsey pitch his project.

CureAccelerator Live! for Rare Diseases 2020
June 2020
Five finalists from the US competing for up to $50,000 to fund their repurposing clinical trials impacting rare disease patients – including a minority led project.  Read more about Dr. Phillips’ project and watch him pitch it.

CureAccelerator Live! for the Developing World 2019
May 2019
Boston, MA
Five finalists from the US and India competing for up to $50,000 to fund their repurposing clinical trials impacting patients in the Developing World.

Completed DEI – Minority / Underserved Research(er) Projects

(in the past 3 years)