CEnR Pipeline to Proposal Funding

In order to support the conduct of community-engaged research (CEnR) at VCU, the Council for Community Engagement and the Center for Clinical and Translational Research have jointly funded a VCU CEnR Pipeline to Proposal Program to support high-quality, high-impact CEnR, from community partnership development (Tier 1) to pilot project implementation (Tier 2). Funded projects will serve as catalysts for on-going CEnR sustained by external funding.

Tier 1: CEnR Partnership Development Grants

CEnR Partnership Development Grants, awarded up to $10,000, are intended to support new or potential academic-community research partnerships. Funds from this grant are to be used for building and supporting research partnerships through relationship-building activities, exploring shared research interests, and developing infrastructure and governance for the research partnership.  

The final deliverable expected for this grant are:

  • Research questions jointly developed by the academic and community partners,
  • A Partnership Agreement or a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and
  • An evaluation of partnership development activities.

Applications are encouraged from across VCU in partnership with Richmond-area organizations to address community-identified needs. For more information, visit community.vcu.edu/council/community-engagement-grants/.

Tier 2: CEnR Pilot Project Grants

CCE Community Engagement Grants, awarded up to $20,000, aim to advance community-engaged scholarship in any academic or academic support unit and can support a broad array of community-engaged scholarship. Proposals are encouraged from across VCU in partnership with Richmond-area organizations to address community-identified needs. Funded projects will serve as catalysts for on-going partnerships sustained by external funding.  For more information, visit community.vcu.edu/council/community-engagement-grants/.

CCTR Endowment Fund

Community-engaged pilot project proposals are welcomed by the CCTR’s Endowment Fund which provides individual research awards up to $50,000 and multi-school research awards up to $130,000 for health sciences research. CEnR proposals that meet the CCTR’s Endowment Fund criteria must demonstrate established community-academic partnerships. The funds will support a scientifically rigorous research implementation/pilot project to be jointly conducted by academic-community partners. Through the testing of well-defined research hypotheses, pilot grant recipients will generate preliminary data for future competitive grant applications.  For more information visit http://www.cctr.vcu.edu/resources/funding.html.

Activities for pilot projects may include:

  • Data collection and/or analysis of community-specific information or other quantitative and qualitative data
  • Disseminating and translating research findings (e.g., development and implementation of appropriate dissemination tools, such as, fact sheets and policy briefs, to community and academic audiences and to policy-makers).
  • Studies of the community translation process, including studies of dissemination methods