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: 2023 cycle - RFA available August 22, 2022.
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:  2023 cycle - RFA available August 22, 2022
Supports established community-academic partnerships who 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 applying for funding has ended.

Applications will be accepted online by Tuesday November 1, 2022

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
2023-2024 Key Dates

RFA Posted
August 22, 2022

Applicants Webinar
September 9, 2022

Mandatory Intent to Apply Deadline
October 3, 2022

Application Deadline
November 1, 2022

Anticipated Notification of Award
March 1, 2023

Mandatory In-Person Training
April 2023

Anticipated Award Start Date
May 1, 2023

Anticipated Partnership Development Award End Date
January 31, 2024

Anticipated Joint Pilot Award End Date
April 30, 2024

Contact Us

Vanessa Reeves
CEHE-Pilot Program Administrative Assistant

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