Financial Resources

Promoting community research through the Boost Awards, Cooperative Agreement Pilot, and the Community Engaged Fellowship.

Funding Opportunities

The Program in Community Engagement offers the following:

  • Community Engagement Boost Awards

These $5K pilot awards are granted quarterly to supplement the translational work of community organizations. This award can support the implementation of evidence-based interventions, fund evaluations, prepare pilot data that will allow for the submission of a subsequent, larger grant application, or advance change that promotes health.

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  • Community-Engaged Cooperative Agreement

This $30K cooperative agreement award is designed to build long-term collaboration through research partnerships, requiring at least 1 representative from a community-based organization and 1 WF investigator to share responsibilities as co-PIs. 

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Community-engaged Research Fellowship

The CTSI PCE facilitates collaboration among community members, representatives from community organizations, community healthcare providers and practitioners, and academic researchers in translational science. A goal of the PCE and this Community-engaged Research Fellowship is to build, sustain, and expand the interest and capacity of community members and WFSM researchers to collaborate in translational science. The Community-engaged Research Fellowship supports representatives from community organizations and WFSM researchers to build a community-engaged research partnership. The goal of the Fellowship is to nurture existing, and/or facilitate the establishment of, a community-engaged research partnership through trust building, skills development, and co-learning. 

The community partner will learn about research design, proposal development, and skills that might enhance operations and build organizational capacity (e.g., program development and evaluation). The WFSM research partner will learn how community organizations prioritize, function, and overcome obstacles and how community-engaged research can be implemented in community settings. To facilitate collaboration and support the partnership, both the community partner and the WFSM research partner will have access to PCE resources and expertise. 

The following elements are required for successful application for this internship:

  1. The Community Partner and WFSM Research Partner will collaborate to complete the joint Community-engaged Research Fellowship Application.

  2. Community Partner
    • A representative from a community organization will partner with a WFSM researcher.
    • The community partner will spend 10% of their time (paid for by WFSM) to work with the WFSM research partner for 12 months. 
    • A letter of support from the community partner’s supervisor or Board of Directors (if the organization partner is the Executive Director) affirming that 10% of their time will be made available to participate in the Community-engaged Research Fellowship for the 12-month period.

  3. WFSM Research Partner
    • A WFSM researcher will partner with a representative from a community organization.
    • The WFSM research partner will spend 10% of their time (paid for by WFSM) to work with the community partner for 12 months.
    • A letter of support from the WFSM research partner’s Department Chair documenting that 10% of their time will be made available to participate in the Community-engaged Research Fellowship experience


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PCE Fellowship Members

The 2018-2019 Fellowship member Kirsten Mary O'Hearn, PhD  (Assistant Professor in Physiology and Pharmacology) will work with Brittany Felts, (Program Coordinator at iCan House) beginning September 2018 studying how social skills affect the development of individuals within the Autism Spectrum. 

Previous members