Community Engagement and Health Equity Pilot Grant Program: Improving Research Through Community-Academic Partnerships

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Supports community-academic partnerships to perform pilot studies that will strengthen relationships and produce preliminary data for future competitive grant applications.

The RFA and funding for both Partnership Development and Joint Pilot Projects are issued annually in the fall.

CEHE-Pilot Award Categories

Partnership Development Projects $8,000: 2024 cycle - RFA available November 8, 2023.
This funding opportunity is open to new or potential community and academic partners who are interested in a Partnership Development (PD) project dedicated to relationship building, exploration of shared areas of interest, and the development of a research project focused on T3/T4 Translational Research, which includes research evaluating the translation of evidence-based interventions or practices into real world, clinical and community settings.

Joint Pilot Projects $25,000:  2024 cycle - RFA available November 8, 2023
Supports established community-academic partnerships that seek funds for a well-defined translational research project that may produce preliminary data for future competitive grant applications.

Request for Applications (RFA)

The RFA describes award categories, eligibility and application requirements. The window for sending a Letter of Intent has ended. Please check back in November 2024 for the next cycle. Applications will be accepted online until Monday, January 29, 2024.

How to Apply - Partnership Development or Joint Pilot Project Grants

Step 1: Submit Intent to Apply Form

The Mandatory Intent to Apply Form collects preliminary information and must be submitted online. Submission by any other means will not be accepted.

​The Intent to Apply Form is not binding, and the information may be modified later during the application process.

Submission of the Intent to Apply Form will generate a confirmation email with your application number and unique link that is required to access the online application system in Step 2 below.

Step 2: Submit Application

The application consists of an online Application Form, and Proposal PDF attachments submitted online with the Form. Submission by any other means will not be accepted.

The online application system can only be accessed with the unique application link emailed to both Academic and Community Partners when completing the Intent to Apply form.

The Application Form will be partially pre-populated from your Intent to Apply Form -- all information may be revised until the application is submitted. The Application Form will become the cover page for your application.

The proposal must be formatted as a PDF document and will be comprised of the 250 word abstract (not included in 6-page limit), application information and questions found in the RFA, references, budget and justification, and (if applicable) letters of support, mentorship letter and Memos of Understanding (MOUs).

CEHE-Pilot Grants
2024-2025 Key Dates

RFA Posted
November 8, 2023

Applicants Webinar
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Mandatory Intent to Apply Deadline
December 17, 2023

Application Deadline
January 29, 2024

Anticipated Notification of Award
June 7, 2024

Mandatory In-Person Training
August 2024

Anticipated Award Start Date
August 1, 2024

Anticipated Partnership Development Award End Date
May 30, 2025

Anticipated Joint Pilot Award End Date
July 31, 2025

Contact Us

CEHE-Pilot Program Leadership

Kaylee Rivera, MPH
Community Engagement and Health Equity Program Manager

Yuliza Hernandez
Program Manager
Trailhead Institute

Montelle Tamez
Deputy Director
Community Engagement and Health Equity

Donald Nease
Community Engagement and Health Equity

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