3 New Funding Announcements for Community-Engaged Research

The National Institute of Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health has issued 3 new funding announcements for community-engaged research. The earliest submission dates are in May and the standard 3 deadlines/year apply.

All 3 announcements have similar purpose, background and research objectives (see bottom of this email).

Community-Campus Partnerships for Health is offering support to applicants to these funding announcements, including:
*consultation on project and partnership design *pre-submission application review and feedback by a panel of community and academic expert reviewers
*possibility of serving as a training, technical assistance, dissemination and/or evaluation partner in applications

For more information about these supports, please email us at cbpr@ccph.info

Please see below for links to the funding announcements.

Community Partnerships to Advance Research (CPAR) (R21)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-141.html

Community Partnerships to Advance Research (CPAR) (R01)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-142.html

Community Partnerships to Advance Research (CPAR) (R15)
http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/pa-files/PA-14-140.html

Please note: this mechanism restricts eligibility to investigators from academic institutions that (a) offer baccalaureate or advanced degrees in biomedical or behavioral sciences and (b) do not receive research support from the NIH totaling more than $6 million per year (in both direct and F&A/indirect costs) in each of 4 of the last 7 years.

Purpose

The purpose of the funding opportunity is to stimulate researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes.

Background

This funding opportunity announcement addresses the need for researchers to partner with communities using Community Engaged Research (CEnR) methodologies that will enhance relationships leading to better interventions and positive health outcomes. Partnership is defined as an association of two or more persons or entities that conduct a study as equal co-investigators. Community Engagement (CE) lies on a continuum that reflects the level of involvement of community members, or representatives of community populations, in research.

This continuum of involvement in research efforts ranges from community consent to research, to full participation and shared leadership of community members in research design and eventual dissemination and implementation. Advances in translating research findings into practice have been made; however, such advances have not been realized by all members of society according to age, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic group. 

Narrowing the gap in translational research within the NINR strategic areas of emphasis is a priority for the Institute. Using CE approaches and addressing areas such as self and symptom management, health promotion and prevention is one way to narrow the gap. CE can take many forms, and partners can include community based groups, agencies such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) innovation centers, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) prevention Research Centers, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Community Health Centers (CHC) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC), other academic health institutions, or individuals. Collaborators may be engaged in health promotion/prevention, clinical or intervention research.

One successful NIH program called Partners in Research began in October 2007 with the goal to improve public understanding of biomedical and behavioral science, develop strategies for promoting collaboration between scientists and the community to improve the health of the public, and to identify the conditions (e.g., settings and approaches) that will enhance the effectiveness of such activities. This FOA builds upon the Partners in Research Program and will address community partnership approaches to research, as well as provide opportunities to build close collaborations between academic researchers and community members to generate better informed hypotheses, develop more efficacious and effective interventions that are sustainable, and enhance the translation of research results into practice. CEnR research methodologies result in more meaningful academic community-individual collaborations and relationships, sustainable interventions and improved health of individuals and communities. Investing in community and academic partnerships in research efforts will provide its greatest impact in translating established health care practices in health promotion and prevention and self and symptom management that enables community action for health.

Research Objectives

To partner with a community entity on health issues that is of mutual concern, such as but not limited to:
* Interventions/programs for health promotion/prevention
* Interventions/programs leading to self-management in chronic conditions
* Programs that target self or symptom management
* Examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in
community settings