Community Partnership Development Seed Grant Program

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Request For Proposals (RFPs) 2020 Submission

The UB Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) provides seed grants that support the planning of community-based participatory research projects and engagement of communities in research.

The goal of these awards is to increase the number of community-academic partnerships that are prepared to collaborate on the design and implementation of research projects, specifically those that address health disparities, aim to improve health equity, and generate preliminary data for submission of larger grants to intramural and extramural sources.

Seed grants not exceeding $5,000 will be awarded to academic-community teams for:

  • Development of community-engaged research partnerships
  • Collaboration on the design of pilot research
  • Development of community-engaged research proposals for external funding

Eligibility Criteria

Grants are awarded only to teams comprised of researchers and community partners in which each partner has an essential role in the project. Proposals must exhibit an active engagement between partners and demonstrate that the topic area is of mutual interest.

Applicants can be:

  • 501(c)(3) community organizations located in Western New York
  • Full-time faculty member at UB or Buffalo Translational Consortium institution

Awards may fund projects that:

  • Identify shared goals in order to work together more effectively and maximize partnership impact and next steps to address a particular health condition, health disparity and/or health equity
  • Facilitate open dialogue around strengths, challenges, and research opportunities to address community health needs
  • Identify shared research interests, priorities and next steps and/or plan future research through the help of third party facilitation
  • Explore and develop innovative mechanisms for engaging and building understanding/interest/participation of underrepresented communities in translational research
  • Build capacity for community and academic partners for meaningful participation in partnered research (e.g. developing advisory committees, training on research design/methods, ethics training; community context, community engagement mechanisms, etc.)

Projects must be completed by December 31, 2020. Please note that no cost extensions are not allowable.

2020 Community Partnership Development Seed Grant Program

Letters of intent due Monday, March 9, 2020
Notification of applicants Mid-March 2020
Full proposals due Friday, April 17, 2020
Full proposal selection, notification of applicants Mid-May 2020
Funding start date (tentative)
Monday, June 1, 2020