University of California, Irvine

Funding Opportunity: COVID-19-Related Community-Engaged Research

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April 30, 2020

Special Call for Applications COVID-19-Related Community-Engaged Research

Campus-Community Research Incubator Grant Program

Application Deadline: June 1, 2020

Overview

The Campus-Community Research Incubator Program (CCRI) is a small funding mechanism designed to foster collaborative research-oriented projects between university researchers and community organizations. Annually, there are two levels of grant funding available: 1. Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications) and 2. Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications). Additionally, this special request for applications allows for the provision of COVID-19-related community-engaged research projects up to $20,000. Potential applicants are encouraged to attend a workshop on general application preparation. A registration link for this workshop can be found below.

The estimated funding period is July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021.

All applications must be submitted electronically.

 

Eligibility

Grants are awarded only to teams comprised of UCI researchers and community organization representatives. Applicants can be:

  • 501(c)(3) community organizations located in southern California
  • UCI-based researchers, including faculty, healthcare providers, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, or senior researchers

Proposals must demonstrate an active engagement between UCI researchers and community representatives. Specifically, projects must demonstrate they are co-designed and clearly state the anticipated benefits to each partner.

All projects require regulatory compliance (e.g. UCI Human Research Institutional Review Board [IRB] approval or an exemption determination, required trainings) to be met prior to funds being released. It is recommended that the IRB application be submitted prior to final submission of this funding application. In addition to UCI IRB approval, community organizations may have their own IRB processes.

All personnel on proposals must take the Human Subjects Protections and HIPAA tutorial prior to funds being disbursed.

Tutorials: Human Subject Protection and HIPAA  https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp 

Types of Awards

Research-based activities: Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000

  • Research activities include but are not limited to data collection, analyses, and/or pilot studies.
  • An example of a pilot CCRI is a study that will generate findings to be further studied or tested in a larger follow-up research study. Typically, CCRI funds are adequate to determine feasibility. Sometimes a statistically-significant sample can be obtained, but this is not an expected outcome of CCRI-funded projects. For information on the expectations and limitations of seed grant funding, please see this article: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3081994/
  • Fifty-one percent (51%) of research funds must be distributed directly to the community partner.

COVID-19-related research: Pilot CCRI $10,000-$20,000

  • COVID-19 partnered research projects include but are not limited to data collection, data analyses, and/or pilot studies.
  • Successful applications will demonstrate potential for a positive impact on our mission to understand and mitigate the impact of COVID-19, and the measures taken to control the spread of the virus. Responsive applications might include interventions to address social, biological, psychological, familial, medical, or community impacts of COVID; studies to establish and/or address needs created by COVID and/or its related impact on human services and health; topics around equity and disparities in control and mitigation of the virus; surveillance and contact tracing; epidemiology; testing; or psychosocial impacts of social isolation, infection, and caregiver experience, for example.
  • Priority will be given to innovative questions, methods, or approaches that involve community-based participatory research methods.

Capacity- and partnership-building activities: Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000

  • Capacity-building and project planning activities include but are not limited to trainings, data set organization, technology, project development for future research

Community-engaged research is a unique genre of research requiring specific skills, approaches, motivations, and methodologies. Working directly with community entities to conduct translational research often entails health equity/racial and economic health disparities interests. Addressing these social determinants of health requires sensitivity to- and understanding of the unique contextual circumstances driving equity disparities within specific populations. In turn, this type of research requires investment in developing relationships and trust within communities, with an eye toward long-term collaborative work. Given the specialized nature of community-engaged research, we feel it is important to communicate clearly the mission, goals, and requirements for this request for proposals and have, therefore created workshops for faculty and community researchers to learn more details on application preparation, as well as provide an opportunity for questions and answers to be addressed. 
We strongly encourage all potential applicants to attend one of these workshops. Workshops are scheduled for May, and registration can be made at the link below.

 

Use of Funds

Three funding levels are anticipated for this round:

COVID-19 $10,000-$20,000 (research applications)
Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications)
Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications)

Funds may be used to purchase research supplies, support research assistants, or buy out an applicant's time.

At least 51% of award funds must be distributed to the community partner to support their research activities. Community partner funds may also be used to supplement academic partner’s project activities, if necessary.

Funds may not be used to purchase food, but may be used to purchase study participant gift cards.

Funds must be spent and projects completed by June 30, 2021.

Reporting Requirement

  • Awardees are required to complete documentation for an activation meeting that takes place at the beginning of the funding, and a report with highlights, findings, and further actions, at the close of the award period June 30, 2021.
  • Awardees are expected to develop a poster that presents their findings and display the poster at an annual UCI/ICTS Translational Science Day. Additional information will be given in the notice of awards.
  • Awardees are required to acknowledge the ICTS in all publications and presentations.

Selection Criteria

Awards will be made competitively. In general, proposals that demonstrate the following will be given highest priority:

  • Focus on integrating innovative community-based practices that accelerate discoveries toward better health and healthcare delivery and/or contribute to the understanding of clinical translational science and the social determinants of health.
  • Have formed or established a partnership (an existing partnership prior to applying for CCRI). Partnership development and fortification are a primary mission for this grant mechanism, so a special emphasis on the nature of the academic-community partnership should be apparent.
  • Demonstrate project ingenuity/innovation.
  • Have a high likelihood of meaningful positive impact (ex. changing clinical care in a positive way, future research possibilities).
  • We will preferentially consider proposals with in-kind support.
  • Those with existing IRB approval.

The CCRI applications for research activities are rigorously reviewed by UCI faculty and community partners. Each application will have at least one review from an academic and a community member.  Please be sure to clearly indicate to which funding mechanism you are applying.

Scoring for Research-based activities (Pilot CCRI) is based on the following:

  1. Significance and impact
  2. Qualifications of the PI and research team
  3. Innovation
  4. Approach; Scientific strength of the research design
  5. Scientific environment
  6. Translational nature of the project
  7. Project feasibility within the proposed time frame
  8. Likelihood of generating extramural funding
  9. Strength/potential of the partnership

Scoring for Capacity- and partnership-building applications (Mini CCRI) is based on the following:

  1. Significance and impact
  2. Qualifications of the PI and partnership team
  3. Innovation
  4. Scientific environment
  5. Translational nature of the project
  6. Project feasibility within the proposed time frame
  7. Likelihood of generating extramural funding
  8. Strength/potential of the partnership

Application Components

  • Research Description (Template)
  • Biosketch (NIH new format) of University Partner and biosketch or CV/resume of Community Partner
  • Timeline (1 Page)
    • A detailed plan for completion of the project by June 30, 2021
  • Letter of support from the university partner and the community partner
  • Budget (itemized, 1 page maximum). Must clearly state the following:
    • Total budget for the project
    • Amount requested from the ICTS
    • Breakdown of funds to be directed to the community partner vs. university partner (remember, > 51% of funds are to be sent to the community partner)
  • Budget Justification
    • Funds cannot be used to support the PI’s salary, computer purchases, or travel. Other personnel salaries are allowable.
    • No overhead will be provided for outside institutions
  • ICTS Pilot Project Implementation Plan (click link to download form)
  • UCI Financial Disclosure (For UCI Faculty: Form 800 and if required Form 810; for community members Form 800SR)

Note: Partnered and engaged research differs in several ways from traditional research inquiry, including the time and care it takes to create and maintain mutually beneficial relationships, and the ability for partners to understand and acknowledge the expertise, contributions, and needs of the other. If you have questions about what is meant by Community-Engaged Research, would like examples of high quality proposals, help framing your research project, and/or to discuss your idea, please contact Robynn Zender via the information below.

Robynn Zender, MS 
CEU Manager, Community Research 

Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
949-824-3160  E-mail: rzender@uci.edu

To apply, please use this link: HERE.