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Community Engagement Pilot Program (CE-Pilot)

Joint Pilot Project Review Criteria

Joint Pilot Projects (JP) are appropriate for experienced researchers or junior investigators who demonstrate appropriate mentorship who have an established community-academic partnership in place and seek funds for a well-defined joint research project that may produce preliminary data for future competitive grant applications.

The PACT Pilot Grants Committee will review all grant applications, giving preference to those that have the potential to meaningfully engage community partners in the research process, improve research translation at clinic or community level, and decrease health disparities while meeting the criteria outlined in this RFA.  Applications should be well written, precise, succinct, and should answer all applicable questions in the order in which they are presented in the application.  All applications will be evaluated by community and academic reviewers.

Scoring criteria will include:  potential for building strong working partnerships, general responsiveness to the RFA requirements, a well-demonstrated conceptual understanding of the principles of community engaged research, quality of the study design and measurement methods within the framework of CBPR collaboration, project focus, project outcomes related to community-engagement, partnership development, translational research and health disparities; and probability of extramural funding, if successful.

Joint Pilot Project applications will be scored on the following:

  • The partnership’s demonstrated working success in the past and plan for continued partnership within the planned project.
  • Data collection methods and/or analysis of community-specific information or other quantitative and qualitative data.
  • Disseminating and translating research findings (e.g., development and implementation of appropriate dissemination tools, such as, fact sheets and policy briefs, to community and academic audiences and to policy-makers).

Funding recommendations will be based on an assessment of the merits and potential impact of each application and a comparison of the budget request to the proposed work plan, which will be reflected in a numerical score by which applications will be ranked. Applications will be funded in order of rank until funding is exhausted. The Review Committee will present funding recommendations to the PACT Council and the CCTSI Executive Committee for approval. All funding decisions are final. Brief, written feedback will be provided to unfunded applicants.

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