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Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program

Deadline: February 15

Purpose of Program

The Community-Based Research (CBR) Grant Program, sponsored by the Vice President for Research in collaboration with University Neighborhood Partners, is a competitive program that will support areas of community-based research for a principal investigator or team of investigators. The main goal of the program is to encourage collaborative research that involves both University and local, regional and/or statewide community partners.  This program is not intended to initiate partnerships, but to promote scholarship and the dissemination of knowledge from existing partnerships.  The program is intended to produce results leading to publication in scholarly journals or similar venues, and/or demonstrate significant potential that leads to extramural funding.  Preference will be given to proposals that provide evidence of reciprocal benefit for residents and/or community partner(s). This includes involving community partners in defining how the research will benefit them; for example, directing research towards questions or issues that are important to the partner, creating a research product that is useful to the partner, or aligning the research in other ways with the community partners' goals. 

The $20,000 award is available to faculty of all disciplines. It can be split up to cover partial, if not all, costs of one or two CBR Grants. 

Additional information on Community Based Research can be found in the following resources: UNP Community-Based ResearchUNP Guidelines for Community-Based Research and the Community-Based Research Report.

Applicants can be tenure-line or career-line faculty in residence at the time of application and be at least 0.75 FTE. This includes faculty who are tenure-track, tenured, adjunct, or auxiliary. Residency must be at a minimum of a two-years in rank at the University of Utah.

Only one proposal per applicant will be accepted in an application cycle, whether individually or in combination with others.

It is the principal investigator's responsibility to ensure co-investigators are not in conflict.

In the case where an application is funded, the PI is not eligible to compete in future grant cycles for three years from the activation date of the successful proposal.

If an application has been turned down by the review panel, the PI is allowed one re-submission of a revised proposal on the same subject. Revised proposals must indicate changes from previous proposal and responses to reviewer comments.

There will be one submission cycle per year. The deadline is February 15th, at the close of business. If the 15th falls on a weekend or holiday, applications are due on the following business day.

One copy of the proposal should be submitted in a single PDF file, to

If human subjects are involved, provide one copy of the IRB or IACUC application. This must be submitted and approved prior to funds being released.

A complete application must include the following, in a single PDF file.  If any requested information is not included at the time of submission, the proposal will not be reviewed.

  1. Abstract of the proposal - 1 page
  2. Body of proposal - 3 pages maximum
    • General background.
    • Description of the nature and duration of the collaboration between faculty and community partner, and process by which research question was identified.
    • Plan for publication, including specific examples of publication venues that will be targeted, and/or a plan for extramural funding, including specific examples of likely funding sources.
    • Description of methods including anticipated barriers or technical difficulties. Also specify the resources needed for this project (materials, community involvement or relationships, institutional approvals, etc.), and indicate their availability.
  3. Key References - 1 page maximum
    • Review literature relevant to the project.
  4. Budget (Excel Format)
    • Funding is available for salaries and benefits of post doctoral fellows, students, technicians, and other non-faculty project personnel, technical supplies, equipment and miscellaneous expenses.
    • Faculty may wish to allocate some funds to the community partner(s) for staff time, use of materials or space, research assistance, or other needs to facilitate their participation in the research.
    • This budget does not require overhead but does require employee benefits at the same rate as extramural proposals.
    • Grant funds cannot be used for travel that is not directly related to the project.
    • Funds may be use for relevant costs to support community partners' attendance at a conference presentation on the project findings or additional CBR training necessary to conduct the research.
    • Funds cannot be used to support faculty travel or attendance at conferences, outside consultants, or office equipment, including computers unless specifically justified.
    • Personnel time is limited to 12 months of any combination of post doc, technician, or graduate student. An additional 12 months of graduate student time may be budgeted when the application is from multiple departments/programs.
    • PI may transfer up to 25% of the award into different categories of spending without written permission from the VP for Research Office, as long as the category is in the original budget approved by the URC.
    • A faculty member may request money for equipment, supplies, travel, hourly wages for assistants, consultant fees, and miscellaneous other uses as approved by the (URC).
  5. Current and Pending Support
    • Complete for each principal investigator and co-investigator. List yearly direct funds for each grant supporting this research project.
  6. Biographical Sketch
    • Complete for each Principal Investigator and co-Investigator.
    • Do not exceed three pages for each person.
  7. Letter of Support from Department Chairman or equivalent to the Vice President for Research

This letter is part of the proposal packet that will be reviewed by panel members. At a minimum, this letter must include:

    • an assurance that the PI will be present at the University of Utah for the duration of the grant period;
    • that the department will be responsible for faculty salary during the grant period;
    • and if appropriate, any support the department is willing to give to the faculty member in pursuing this research direction.
    • If this research is part of a larger research vision in the department or college, please describe how this proposal relates to that broader picture.

   8. Letter of Support from Community Partner(s) Involved with the Project to the Vice President for                  Research

This letter is part of the proposal packet that will be reviewed by panel members. At a minimum, this letter must include:

  • a description of existing collaboration with the researcher;
  • an assurance that the community partner has participated in the project development and that the proposal is aligned with the community partners' goals;
  • a description of the role the community partner will play in the research;
  • and a description of the research products that the community partner expects from the research. This letter is part of the proposal packet that will be reviewed by panel members.

Applications will be reviewed by the University Research Committee (URC). Applicants will be informed of the panel's recommendations on or about April 15.

The URC is a faculty committee appointed by the University President, upon the recommendation of the Vice President for Research, in consultation with the Personnel and Elections Committee of the Academic Senate. Additional faculty members may be added on an ad hoc basis by the Vice President for Research.


Proposals will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Is there significant scholarly merit leading to publication in scholarly journals or similar venues?
  • Does the proposal describe a plan for publication, including examples of specific publication venues that will be targeted?
  • Is there clear evidence of strong collaboration with community partners during one or more phases of the research process (e.g. definition of questions, involvement as co-researchers, implementation, identification of final research products, dissemination of findings)?
  • Does the proposal provide evidence of reciprocal benefit for residents and/or community partner(s)?
  • Are there examples of other anticipated research products (reports, data, documentaries, websites, program evaluations, public discussion, etc.) or outcomes that will benefit the community partner(s) and help disseminate findings.
  • Does the project build or strengthen cross-disciplinary research partnerships within the university and/or community?
  • Have potential barriers or technical difficulties been identified?
  • Does the PI (and co-PI's) have the experience necessary to carry out the project?
  • Are the goals, objectives and expected results stated clearly and are they reasonable, given the funds and time provided?
  • Are the methods outlined, and do they reflect the goals and objectives stated in the proposal?
  • Does the proposal have significant potential to lead to extramural funding, and if so, does it provide a specific plan for securing extramural funding?

The principal investigator is responsible for the administration of grant funds. In particular, he/she must be certain that over-expenditures do not occur.

Capital equipment purchased is the property of the University of Utah.

If the work cannot be completed in the initial 12-month period, the principal investigator may request one 6-month extension by submitting a written request to the Vice President for Research at least one month prior to the end of the project.


Successful applicants must produce a final report within one year of completion of the project. Please submit reports to University Neighborhood Partners Research Director:


On Submission Process or Administration of Grant, please contact

On Grant Requirements, please contact Isabel Molina, Ph.D., University Neighborhood Partners Research Director/Partnership Manager at 801-972-3620.

Last Updated: 1/12/18