The goal of translational research is to narrow the gap between what we know based on research advances and what we actually do to improve health and health services. Community Engagement is critical to increase the reach, effectiveness, adoption, implementation, and maintenance of clinical and translational research efforts. Accordingly, the goal of the CCTSI Community Engagement (CE) Core and the Core’s advisory council, the Partnership of Academicians and Communities for Translation (PACT), is to build capacity in community-academic partnerships and transform the existing community research infrastructure using community-based participatory research (CBPR) principles to translate established efficacy into effective implementation in the community.
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. Funded projects will encompass partnership development, project planning, capacity building (i.e., data collection and management, recruitment and outreach, etc.) as well as implementation of research projects within specified areas of emphasis (cardiovascular disease, childhood chronic conditions, social emotional health). The expected long-term outcome is the development of innovative interventions or the adaptation and implementation of existing advances within the community setting.
The Community Engagement Core expects to award a total of $200,000 to fund pilot projects in two categories. The total number of awards will depend upon the number and quality of applications received. Applicants may submit an application for one of the two funding categories (not both):
- A – Joint Pilot Projects: are appropriate for experienced researchers or junior investigators who demonstrate appropriate mentorship who have an established community-academic partnership in place and seek funds for a well-defined joint research project that produces preliminary data for future competitive grant applications. Applicants for Joint Pilot Projects may request up to $30,000 (total budget, per project, for community and academic partners combined) depending on the number of projects selected. Applicants must allocate a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of requested project funds 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 and an extramural grant submission submitted at that time.
- B – Partnership Development Projects: are intended to support new or potential partnerships. Partnership Development Projects require a two-year commitment: the first year of funding 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 research project for a one-year Joint Pilot Project. Applicants for Partnership Development Projects may request up to $10,000 in the first year (total budget, per project, for community and academic partners combined). Applicants must allocate a minimum of fifty percent (50%) of requested funds to the community partner. Applications exceeding $10,000 will not be considered. The second year of funding (pending successful completion of Year 1 and an acceptable Joint Pilot Project application) will be dedicated to implementing the proposed research project. Joint Pilot Projects will be eligible for up to $30,000 per project. At the end of the second year of funding, we expect that funded partnerships will be prepared to submit competitive grant proposals to governmental, nonprofit, and private funding sources.