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Community and Collaboration Core Pilot Grants

These grants are designed to build and support community engaged research (CEnR) partnerships through relationship-building activities, exploring research interests, and developing infrastructure and governance for research partnerships.

 Application Deadline: 11:59 pm, Monday, October 10, 2022

Information Session: Noon-12:30 pm, Wednesday, September 28, 2022

View the Request for Applications

Partnership Development Grant

Provides up to $25,000 and aim to support partnership-building activities for “new” collaborations between faculty from three academic institutions (Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Morgan State University) and a community partner (a community- or faith-based organization or public agency) from the Greater Baltimore area. An existing collaboration may apply for a partnership development grant, as long as the partnership-building activities are clearly defined and show growth in the engagement between the partners.

While Partnership Development Grants may include some formative research activities, the intention of the grant program is to support activities that set the stage for future CEnR endeavors.

Possible Partnership Development Grant activities may include, but are not limited to:

  • Developing/establishing research partnership infrastructure (e.g., advisory boards, partnership roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, memoranda of understanding).
  • Facilitating formal or informal meetings for partners to identify shared goals, priorities, and research interests.
  • Holding listening sessions with community members around challenges and opportunities to address community health needs.
  • Building research capacity for community partners (e.g., setting up reliance agreements, conducting IRB training, providing training on research design and methods).
  • Building CEnR research capacity for academic partners (e.g., principles of community engagement, 10-step Framework, cultural humility, dissemination).


Eligible submissions must be oriented towards specific milestones, with clear endpoints and a realistic timeline for completion within the twelve-month funding period.

Faculty from Johns Hopkins University, Morgan State University, and University of Maryland and Baltimore are eligible to apply as the academic PI. Each project must also have a community PI. Eligible submissions must be oriented towards specific milestones, with clear endpoints and a realistic timeline for completion within the twelve-month funding period.

The grant program encourages the participation of new and/or junior faculty investigators and the participation and/or training of new or inexperienced community investigators with an established team.

 **All the research teams receiving funds will have regular contact with an assigned CCC staff member to discuss best strategies for meeting CEnR goals.

To Apply

Details on the application process can be found on the Request for Applications.

To submit your application, visit

For Questions

For more information, please email Sarah Stevens at

We are holding a grant information session Wednesday, September 28, 2022 from 12:00 – 12:30 pm.

To join the Zoom meeting, use this link:

Meeting ID: 958 2473 5643

Passcode: 516739

Engagement Grant

We are not accepting applications at this time.

Provides up to $50,000 in starter funds for CEnR projects that focus on testing innovative techniques for addressing health problems. Engagement Grant projects should focus on topics that are a demonstrated priority to the community and are expected to build or expand on existing community-academic partnerships. Projects may use approaches along the continuum of community engagement, including community-based participatory research, patient-centered outcomes research, or other forms of collaborative.