Community-Engaged Research Request for Applications
Campus-Community Research Incubator Grant Program
|Application Deadline: May 10, 2022|
The Campus-Community Research Incubator Program (CCRI) is a small funding mechanism designed to foster collaborative research-oriented projects between university researchers and community organizations. Annually, there are two levels of grant funding available: 1. Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications) and 2. Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications). Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop on general application preparation. A registration link for this workshop can be found below.
The estimated funding period is July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2023.
All applications must be submitted electronically.
Grants are awarded only to teams comprised of UCI researchers and community organization representatives. Applicants can be:
Proposals must demonstrate an active engagement between UCI researchers and community representatives. Specifically, projects must demonstrate they are co-designed and clearly state the anticipated benefits to each partner.
All projects require regulatory compliance (e.g. UCI Human Research Institutional Review Board [IRB] approval or an exemption determination, required trainings) to be met prior to funds being released. It is recommended that the IRB application be submitted prior to final submission of this funding application. In addition to UCI IRB approval, community organizations may have their own IRB processes.
All personnel on proposals must take the Human Subjects Protections and HIPAA tutorial prior to funds being disbursed.
Tutorials: Human Subject Protection and HIPAA https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp.
|Types of Awards
Research-based activities: Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000
Capacity- and partnership-building activities: Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000
|Community-engaged research is a unique genre of research requiring specific skills, approaches, motivations, and methodologies. Working directly with community entities to conduct translational research often entails health equity/racial and economic health disparities interests. Addressing these social determinants of health requires sensitivity to- and understanding of the unique contextual circumstances driving equity disparities within specific populations. In turn, this type of research requires investment in developing relationships and trust within communities, with an eye toward long-term collaborative work. Given the specialized nature of community-engaged research, we feel it is important to communicate clearly the mission, goals, and requirements for this request for proposals and have, therefore, created an information webinar for faculty and community researchers to learn more details on application preparation. We strongly encourage all potential applicants to view this webinar on the ICTS website: HERE. (Slides for reference are attached HERE.)|
|Use of Funds
Two funding levels are anticipated for this round:
Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications)
Funds may be used to purchase research supplies, support research assistants, or buy out an applicant’s time.
At least 51% of award funds must be distributed to the community partner to support their research activities. Community partner funds may also be used to supplement academic partner’s project activities, if necessary.
Funds may not be used to purchase food, but may be used to purchase study participant gift cards.
Funds must be spent and projects completed by June 30, 2023.
Awards will be made competitively. In general, proposals that demonstrate the following will be given highest priority:
The CCRI applications for research activities are rigorously reviewed by UCI faculty and community partners. Each application will have at least one review from an academic and a community member. Please be sure to clearly indicate to which funding mechanism you are applying.
Scoring for Research-based activities (Pilot CCRI) is based on the following:
Scoring for Capacity- and partnership-building applications (Mini CCRI) is based on the following:
|Note: Partnered and engaged research differs in several ways from traditional research inquiry, including the time and care it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, and the ability for partners to understand and acknowledge the expertise, contributions, and needs of the other. If you have questions about what is meant by Community-Engaged Research, would like examples of high quality proposals, help framing your research project, and/or to discuss your idea, please contact Robynn Zender via the information below.
Robynn Zender, MS
UCI researchers: Apply HERE.
Community researchers without a UCInetID: Apply HERE.