Mini Grants for Academic- Community Research. Meharry Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research . Why community ?. Recognition that “traditional research”: Has often failed to solve complex health problems
Meharry Vanderbilt Community Engaged Research Core
Vanderbilt Institute for Clinical and Translational Research
Recognition that “traditional research”:
Has often failed to solve complex health problems
Is not well suited for translating knowledge into practice
Does not adequately address community health needs
Articulate community health priorities
Answer questions about your community
Identify better ways to promote health
Adapt or test new programs/interventions
Improve effectiveness or cultural appropriateness of programs/interventions
Educate researchers about real life community health challenges
Provide access to clinical trials for your clients/patients
Translate promising clinical breakthroughs into health improvements
Have input on projects that affect your community
Access wider range of funding sources for both community organizations and researchers
Brings community and academic partners together to design and conduct health-relatedresearch that will enhance the collective capacityand address community health priorities.
Health: a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
Social determinants of health: the economic and social conditions that influence the health of individuals and communities.
Stimulate new academic-community research partnerships
Preliminary work and generation of pilot data on community-identified health concerns
Build capacity of community organizations and coalitions to participate in research partnerships
Build capacity of academic researchers to work collaboratively with community
Partnership building activities
Identifying community health priorities
Analyzing existing data
Collecting pilot data for larger study
Testing or adapting community based interventions or educational materials
Implementing change in practice or protocol to improve services
Development of community food asset map
Community conference to identify health challenges among African American men in Nashville
Creation of regional advisory council to plan community and faith-based HIV prevention strategies
Pilot testing of an after-school obesity prevention program
Introduce new training program for women with dual mental health diagnoses and assessed outcomes for agency.
Introduce new activity into senior citizen program to assess improvements in mental health.
Forum for neighborhood groups to create action plans to address neighborhood health challenges
Live Spanish-language radio show that features health and research topics
Assess feasibility of urban walking trails to boost physical activity levels in North Nashville
Intensive interviews with recent refugee population to understand how to improve services for newcomers
Focus groups with African-American men to understand barriers to health care use and persistent health disparities
Incentives for focus group participants
Food for community meetings
Equipment such as heart rate monitors and pedometers
Training material development
Focus group facilitator expenses
Data collection and analysis expenses
Radio air time
Operating support for existing programs
Regular staff salary
Total requests more than $5,000
Time periods longer than 12 months
Pilot data or other findings to direct future research
Grant proposal for larger project
Evidence to advocate practice or policy change
Groundwork for stable, on-going partnerships
Proposals to NIDA, CDC and EPA for larger research projects
Outcomes shared with policymakers and service providers to strengthen community-based services
Expansion of coalition activities around food advocacy
Based on data collected in pilot, local funding secured to support program
Increased community understanding of and participation in cancer clinical trials
New intervention adopted for improved mental health service
Innovation in neighborhood pharmacy service delivery
Community organization is applicant
Meharry or Vanderbilt research partner*
Community partner is federally tax-exempt
IRB requirements met
Maximum request: $5,000
Average request: $2,600-$3,600
*Other universities may be involved as well (in fact this is encouraged), and the Meharry or Vanderbilt partner does not have to be the lead researcher.
No more than 4 pages with minimal, explanatory appendices only.
No smaller than 12 pt. type.
Submit by email.
Organizations not previously funded are priority
Graduate students need involvement of faculty mentor to assure sustainability of partnership.
Complete within 1 year of receiving funding
Report upon completion
Interim report if longer than 6 months
Submit any products
Periodic follow-up to track impact on research partnerships
The role of each partner in the developmentand implementation of the project is clearly described.
Purposeof project/research question is well defined and addresses an important health concern.
The plan for/design ofthe project is described and is suitable to the purpose/research question being proposed.
The project is likely to producemutualbenefits for both the community and academic partner and lead to a stronger,moresustainable, relationship.
The anticipatedproductsof this proposal are clearly described and attainable within the time frame proposed.
Overall impact is significant…………..
The budget is appropriate and documented.
[Attachments will not necessarily be reviewed but will be available if questions].
Review committee of six—3 CERC academic advisory board members and 3 CERC community advisory board members.
Each reviewer rates each proposal independently using criteria and identifies questions.
Reviewer ratings and questions returned to CERC staff for tallying, answering.
Review committee meets to develop final impact score and decide whether to award, award pending recommended revisions, encourage resubmission, refer for VICTR funding, reject.
Announcements one month from submission date.
Preparation of mini-grant agreement based on template that is signed by CERC and community partners (Grants and Contracts).
Check issued for total amount to community partner or intermediary (Finance folks).
Site visit during grant period and Report due at end of grant work to describe progress and document expenses. Follow up one year afterward to assess if partnership sustained.
Recipient obligated to repay grant if funds misused or work deviates from approved proposal.
Funds being distributed are not federal dollars, but institutional funds.
Lump sum given to community partner.
Taking 6-8 weeks minimum to get funds to recipient following return of contract.
Community Research Partners monthly meetings and weekly listserv.
Community Research Partners Website: www.communityresearchpartners.net
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