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CCTSI Community Engagement Pilot Program

Improving Research through Community-Academic Partnerships

RFAs and funding are issued annually. Funding announcements will be made in March, and funding awarded the following May.

Community Engagement is critical to increase the reach, effectiveness, and implementation of clinical research efforts. This RFA is intended to support community-academic partnerships to perform pilot studies that will strengthen relationships and produce preliminary data for future competitive grant applications.

Available Funding

The total number of awards will depend upon the number and quality of applications received. Projects will be funded in two categories (applicants may apply to one category only):

  • Joint Pilot Projects: funds for established community-academic partnerships that plan to conduct well-defined joint research projects that produce preliminary data for future competitive grant applications. Up to $30,000 may be requested (total budget, per project, for all partners combined). A minimum of 50% of funds must be allocated to the community partner. Ideally, collaborative proposals will be based upon partnerships that have demonstrated working success in the past. Projects must be completed within one year.
  • Partnership Development Projects: support new or potential partnerships and require a two-year commitment: the first year is dedicated to relationship building, exploration of shared areas of interest, creation of a partnership structure, identification of a specific research collaboration, and the development of a one-year Joint Pilot Project. Up to $10,000 may be requested in the first year (total budget, per project, for all partners combined). A minimum of 50% of funds must be allocated to the community partner. The second year of funding will be dedicated to implementation of the proposed Joint Pilot Project which is subject to the same guidelines listed above.

CE Pilot Program Application Links

Additional Resources


 CE Pilot Program Resources

Key Dates

  • RFA Release Date
    October 14, 2014
  • Applicants’ Webinar/ Conference Call (optional)
    November 10, 2014
  • Mandatory Intent to Apply Form Deadline
    November 20, 2014
  • Application Submission Deadline
    December 12, 2014
  • Notification of Award
    March 27, 2015
  • Mandatory Grantee Orientation (webinar)
    April 3, 2015
  • Award Start Date
    May 1, 2015
  • Award End Date
    April 30, 2016

 Contact Us

  • Sarah Lampe
    Project Coordinator, Colorado Foundation for Public Health and the Environment
  • Montelle Tamez
    Deputy Director, Community Engagement

Community Engagement Pilot Program questions:

 Community Engagement Pilot Program Applicant's Webinar

Potential applicants for the Community Engagement Pilot Program are invited to an informational webinar. We will cover basic information about program requirements and the RFA, and we will answer questions from participants. We will post the presentation slides and an updated Q&A on this website after the meeting.

Date: November 10, 2014
Time: 11:00am-12:00pm MST
Call-in Number for Audio Access: 1-888-205-5513 (Toll free)
Participant Code: 801384
Webinar Connection:
Webinar Slides: November 10, 2014 Applicant's Webinar Presentation Slides

 Past Awardees