Community Partnership 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.




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Partnership Development Grant

Provide up to $10,000 and aims 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 (community or faith-based organization or public agency) from the greater Baltimore area.

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

  • developing research partnership infrastructure (e.g. advisory board, partnership roles and responsibilities, policies and procedures, memorandum of understanding);
  • facilitating formal and informal meetings for partners to identify shared goals, priorities, and research interests;
  • facilitating open dialogue around challenges and opportunities to address community health needs;
  • exploring and seeking involvement of potential partners;
  • building research capacity for community partners (e.g., IRB training, training on research design and methods, ); or
  • building capacity for academic partners (e.g., principles of community engagement, 10-step Framework, etc.);


Engagement Grant

Provides up to $50,000 in starter funds for projects specifically focused on innovative CEnR that will test innovations that address health problems through community-engaged implementation. Partnerships are expected to use approaches along the continuum of engagement, including community-based participatory research, patient-centered outcomes research, or other engaged research collaborations for collaborative research and grant applications.

  • All projects must be designed so that it is feasible to complete the project within the 12-month funding period.
  • Applications using an evidence-based framework such as the 10-step Framework, focused on diverse populations, priority topic, collaboration between partner institution(s) (Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland at Baltimore, Morgan State University, Kaiser Permanente Mid-Atlantic States) will receive bonus points in the ranking process.
  • 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.
  • Final deliverables for both grants should include: 1) research questions jointly developed by academic and community partners; 2) Partnership Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), and 3) an evaluation of activities.

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



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

Projects poised to begin by June 1, 2020 (i.e. with regulatory approvals in place or underway at the time of submission, staffing in place, etc.) will receive additional consideration.

Any faculty member from three academic institutions (Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland at Baltimore, and Morgan State University) is eligible to apply. Junior faculty in all schools, particularly those new to CEnR, are encouraged to apply and will receive extra consideration.

Undergraduates, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows are not eligible to apply as Principal or Co- Investigators for pilot grants but are highly encouraged to get involved as team members.

Each project should include one academic PI and one community PI (community or faith-based organization or public agency). Each team should designate one of the PIs as the main PI.

Applicants identified as the main PI have primary responsibility for the grant submission, and if subsequently selected for funding, all work to be performed as well as all reporting requirements and other stipulations which must be satisfied as a condition of receiving this award. Awards WILL NOT be transferred to another investigator post-award.

Awarded PIs are not eligible to apply for a new grant in the same category (i.e., Partnership Development vs. Engagement) funded by this pilot grant program in the twenty-four month period following the receipt of their initial award funds.

Resubmission of denied grants is not permitted. However, unsuccessful applicants may apply in consecutive rounds with substantially different proposals.


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