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Deadline: Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, 5 p.m. EST

Eligibility: Faculty at the level of assistant professor, associate professor, or professor with a minimum 51 percent FTE appointment from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB), University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), or University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP)

Budget: Up to $10,000 in direct costs for 12 months

Notice of Award: Late January 2024 to early February 2024

The Institute for Clinical and Translational Research (ICTR) recently announced a funding opportunity for Community Engagement Research (CEnR) pilot projects. Applicants for the CEnR pilot grant project are expected to have already completed the preparatory work of developing the community partnership and identifying the research question.

This ICTR CEnR Voucher Award is specifically for developing a successful and sustainable community partnership(s) in the Maryland and/or District of Columbia (D.C.) area. The purpose of this award is to prepare for a future, competitive ICTR CEnR proposal, or for other extramural CEnR-type grant applications. 

Activities supported by the CEnR Voucher Award include the following:

  • Developing a community-academic research partnership(s) infrastructure (e.g., advisory boards, partnership roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, memorandums of understanding). Eligible community partners include nonprofits such as community service organizations, advocacy groups, neighborhood associations, faith-based organizations or coalitions, public agencies, and private organizations within the state of Maryland and District of Columbia.
  • Facilitating formal and informal meetings for partners to identify shared goals, priorities, research interests, and sharing of resources and funding.
  • Facilitating open dialogue and bidirectional learning around challenges and opportunities to address community health needs.
  • Identifying community partner(s) to engage the community to help define the research question.
  • Building research capacity for community partners (e.g., Institutional Review Board training, training on research design and methods, etc.)
  • Building CEnR capacity for academic partners (e.g., principles of community engagement, 10-step framework, etc.)
  • Identifying the needs of traditionally underserved or marginalized/minoritized populations.

Applications should utilize a milestone-driven approach for proposed projects that will ensure timely generation of tangible products and outcomes within the 12-month funding period. 

For more information about this CEnR Voucher funding opportunity and how to apply, click here.

Contact the ICTR Navigator at ICTR-Navigator@umaryland.edu.

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