The Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research (IUPR) program leverages expertise and resources to create a culture and environment which prioritizes the inclusion of underserved and underrepresented populations along the entire translational science research continuum. Anchored in Tufts CTSI’s practice of broadly-engaged team science, the IUPR program will promote inclusion of underrepresented populations in all aspects of research, from study conception through dissemination. The goal will be to reach all populations in order to close significant evidence gaps and better reflect the demographics of the nation and the determinants influencing health outcomes. The IUPR program will create and evaluate evidence-based tools and training, and tailor innovative strategies to aid research teams with recruiting and retaining populations of interest. Conversely, we will promulgate successful models designed to empower communities to drive forward health research questions of most relevance to them.

Who is eligible?

Research team members at Tufts CTSI partner institutions will be eligible for IUPR-related services. There will also be relevant services available to community stakeholders and potential study participants.


IUPR consultation services provide tailored guidance and mentoring on strategies for inclusion of special populations in all aspects of clinical and translational research to:

  1. Bring community-driven research projects to fruition
  2. Advise on study designs that promote inclusion of children, elderly, and medically and socially vulnerable persons
  3. Promote broad participant enrollment in all clinical studies, with a particular focus on CTSA Consortium multi-site trials.

Support for research teams for development of innovative approaches to recruitment and retention of special populations will be provided through our consultation services and by providing funding for special populations research through the Pilot Studies and Community Health Catalysts grant programs.

We will offer awareness-raising events, skill-building workshops and online training modules for research teams, community stakeholders, and potential study participants.


To contact us, please submit a service request.

Sara C. Folta, PhD, Director, Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research

Linda B. Hudson, ScD, MSPH, Associate Director, Integrating Underrepresented Populations in Research