The National Institutes of Health announced its plans for funding numerous new studies on transgender issues that will cost $200,000 each.

The agency released two announcementsFriday that it will soon begin accepting applications for transgender studies to begin next year, on the heels of the Republican-controlled Senate approving a $2 billion spending increase for the agency.

“This funding opportunity announcement (FOA) calls for exploratory or developmental research on the health of transgender and gender nonconforming people,” according to a grant announcement. “Transgender and gender nonconforming people encompass individuals whose gender identity differs from the sex on their original birth certificate, including individuals who are making or who have made a transition from being identified as one gender to the other, as well as individuals who are questioning their gender identity, who identify with more than one gender, or whose gender expression varies significantly from what is traditionally associated with or typical for that sex.”

“While there are a number of terms for this group of individuals, for the sake of consistency this document will refer to the group as ‘transgender and gender nonconforming people,'” the NIH said.

Grants awarded by the agency will cost up to $200,000 per year. The NIH will begin accepting applications next month.

Some research topics the NIH is looking for include studies on “understanding the impact of stigma,” “minority stress,” “diversity in gender identity and expression,” transgender employment, and incarceration.

As heard on The Hagmann Report