Integrating Special Populations Program

The Integrating Special Populations Program enhances the engagement of special populations through innovative strategies that support research teams and by addressing and supporting the priorities of special populations that have been historically underrepresented and underserved in health research. The goal of the program is to ensure that people from these groups have the opportunity to engage — both as stakeholders and as participants — in research that addresses their health concerns and improves the health of their communities.

The Integrating Special Populations Program focuses on the following groups of people:

  • Children and adolescents younger than age 18.
  • Older adults.
  • People with rare diseases.
  • People of diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
  • People living in rural areas.
  • People of low socioeconomic status.


The Integrating Special Populations Program connects researchers with the communities, resources and information they need to encourage meaningful engagement of special populations.

Rare diseases

CCaTS is enhancing the resources to engage individuals with rare and undiagnosed diseases. In partnership with the Center for Individualized Medicine, the Program for Rare and Undiagnosed Diseases, led by Filippo Pinto e Vairo, M.D., Ph.D., aims to transform the care of patients through translational research, increasing the number of patients who receive a genetic diagnosis and improve their care.

Funding opportunities

In partnership with the CCaTS pilot awards program, several funding opportunities are available for special populations research. Awarded projects receive access to consultation services and assistance from CCaTS' Community Engagement in Research Program.

Funding opportunities are available for research on topics including:

  • Aging.
  • Community-identified health needs.
  • Pediatric diseases and conditions.
  • Rare diseases.

More information is available on the CCaTS Funding Opportunities webpage.


The Integrating Special Populations Program is led by a team of multidisciplinary experts.


For more information about CCaTS' Integrating Special Populations Program, contact: