Community Partnership Development Seed Grant Program

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Request For Proposals (RFPs) 2021 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 prepare community-academic partnerships to successfully collaborate on the design of research projects, specifically those that address health disparities, aim to improve health equity, and generate a research plan 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
  • Planning shared research agendas
  • Planning community-engaged research proposals for intramural and external funding

Eligibility Criteria

Grants are awarded only to teams co-led by researchers and community partners in which each partner has an essential and equitable role. Proposals must exhibit 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 impact through the partnership
  • Prepare 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 methods 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.)

Funding is to build partnerships therefore should not require IRB review. Proposed activities must be completed by December 31, 2021. Please note that no cost extensions are not allowable.

2021 Community Partnership Development Seed Grant Program

Letters of intent due

Monday, October 5, 2020

Notification of applicants

Within two weeks following LOI submission deadline

Full proposals due

Monday, November 16, 2020

Full proposal selection, notification of applicants

Mid-December 2020

Funding start date (tentative)

Friday, January 1, 2021