Funding Announcement: CREG Program

The FIU RCMI’s Community Engagement Core (CEC) is pleased to announce the availability of seed funding for community partners and FIU faculty investigators to establish community-university collaborations designed to establish long-term relationships with community-based organizations in order to address their health-related concerns and to promote participation in research, including recruitment and retention of study participants.  Through this funding, the FIU-RCMI hopes to establish community-university collaborations that benefit South Florida communities, and enhance direct community-involvement among FIU faculty conducting health disparities research. We intend to annually provide five awards, up to $ 5,000 per award.

To be successful, these community-university collaborations require resources; for example, time and funds for professional development, conference travel, supplies, meeting support, and other research-related expenses.  This funding opportunity supports partnership-building activities, exploring shared research interests, and/or developing infrastructure and governance (improving data collection processes, system interfaces, etc.). Projects must focus on activities that enhance the community partner’s capacity to conduct health disparities research in South Florida and can include (but are not limited to):

  • Needs assessments
  • Secondary analysis of de-identified data (non-human subjects research)
  • Planning, evaluation or dissemination of community-level programs
  • Service or system improvement planning
  • Training of community partners to enhance research capacity


  • Community-based organizations (CBOs) interested in applying for this opportunity must collaborate with at least one FIU faculty investigator. (Please note. The FIU-RCMI strongly encourages collaborations with early career investigators to support our goals of developing research opportunities to increase their training in successfully competing for peer-reviewed grant funding).
  • The community partner must be an established CBO (established for 2+ years), and the employee who will be primarily responsible for proposed research must have worked at the organization for a minimum of 2 years.
  • Completed applications must be submitted by the CBO. CBOs must have current tax-exempt status under section 501(c), (3), (4), (6) or (19) of the Internal Revenue Code to be eligible to apply.

Requirements and Deliverables

  • Community and academic partners must develop research questions that focus on research capacity expansion, enhance the organization’s ability to conduct quality assurance, and/or obtain a better understanding of the impact of services provided to the community.
  • If selected, the research project must be completed within 6 months.
  • Completion of the FIU-RCMI Community Partners Survey (to be completed by the community partner as a representative of the community-based organization, within the 6-month project period).
  • Provide a 3-month progress report and a final report including an evaluation of partnership development activities.
  • Community and FIU partners must complete an in-person or online training on Community-Based Research within the first 3 months of the project.
  • CBOs are encouraged to establish formal partnership agreements with the university to facilitate future collaborations (Memorandum of Understanding).


The funds will be awarded to the community organization. A maximum of 5 projects will be awarded, each with a maximum project budget (direct costs) of $ 5,000. Funds will be awarded by FIU-RCMI administrative personnel in accordance  with the terms and conditions of the National Institute of Health (NIH). Within NIH parameters, the FIU-RCMI will determine how the funds will be distributed to the community partner. Funds available for this opportunity are contingent upon final budget approval by the sponsor.

Please click here for examples of allowable and non-allowable expenses.

Application Process

The application will require details about the organization (history, mission, vision, population demographics that receive services from the CBO), the goals of the proposed project, project details, a budget, and an evaluation plan.

A complete application consists of:

  • A narrative limited to three (3) single-spaced pages following the application template (see page 5)
  • CV, resume or bio-sketch of lead partner from each institution (the community-based organization and FIU faculty member)
  • Letters of support from the university and community partner supervisors indicating they will approve travel requests and other time investments proposed in the application
  • Completed budget form and justification for each budget entry (see page 6)


Selection of Awardees

  • All proposals will undergo a preliminary review by a committee consisting of key community partners and faculty with expertise in community-based participatory research
  • Top scoring applications selected by the review committee will undergo a secondary review by FIU-RCMI leadership

(**Please note. Proposals may require additional review and approval by the FIU-RCMI sponsor (National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities) **)




For more information about the award, please contact:                    For administrative, financial or technical inquiries, please contact:
Adriana Campa, PhD, RD, MBA,                                                              Sara Charles, MPH,
FIU-RCMI Community Engagement Core Leader                                Sr. Coordinator, FIU-RCMI or (305) 348-2871                                           or (305) 348-7001


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