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CBR Partnership Formation Grant Program (Pilot)
Deadline: Thursday, September 7th, 2023 by 11:59pm (MST)
Award Amount: Up to $10,000

Click here for full program details or to apply!

Community-Based Research (CBR) at the University of Utah seeks to support research partnerships between academic researchers and community-based partners that inquire into and address real-world issues through an approach rooted in equity and inclusion. The University of Utah recognizes the value of CBR as a method for enriching our understanding of the world while also increasing social impact by advancing scientific knowledge within contextualized practice, guiding community and economic development, impacting policy, fostering learning, supporting organizing and movement building, and enhancing trust between academic institutions and communities harmed by past research.

Following extensive dialogue with key stakeholders and in collaboration with the Community Research Collaborative (CRC), the VPR has redesigned its CBR grant mechanism. Part of this redesign has produced the CBR Planning and Partnership Formation Grant Program. CBR requires substantial up-front work from both academic and community partners. Partnership Formation Grants are designed to support this early stage of CBR.

The goal of the Partnership Formation Grant Program is to build and foster new relationships between community-based and campus-based partners. This partnership should be either:

  • A new relationship between the community organization and the University of Utah (i.e., community partner has never worked with the University of Utah before) or
  • An existing relationship between the community organization and the University of Utah being leveraged in a new/innovative way (i.e., a community partner that has worked with the U of U before working on new idea or concept with research faculty/staff they have not previously worked with)

Planning and Partnership Formation Grants are designed to support activities such as:

  • Analyzing existing data to help inform collaborative research.
  • Conducting asset mapping or other processes for identifying community strengths and priorities.
  • Developing partnership infrastructure and collaborative operating procedures (e.g., partnership mission and goals, partner roles and responsibilities, communication plans, project funding and support, data use and sharing agreements).
  • Co-designing research proposals.
  • Building the capacity of partners to conduct the research (e.g., training in research methods, building cultural competency).

Full program details, including eligibility guidelines, required application materials, and review criteria, can be found HERE. Applications for the pilot launch of the CBR Partnership Formation Grant Program are due by 11:59pm on Thursday, September 7th, 2023. Applications must be submitted via the internal competition mechanism on InfoReady, found HERE.

Please contact VPR Grants with any questions.