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Community Engagement Pilot Program (CE-Pilot)

Partnership Review Criteria


Partnership Development Projects (PD) are intended to support new or developing partnerships. PD Projects require a two-year commitment: the first year of funding is dedicated to relationship building, exploration of shared areas of interest, creation of a partnership structure, identification of a specific research collaboration, and the development of a research plan for submission as a one-year Joint Pilot Project.

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 community translation 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, project focus, project outcomes related to community-engagement, partnership development, and translational research and health disparities.

Partnership Development applications will be scored on the following:

  • Building relationships between partners (e.g., facilitating formal and informal meetings for partners to learn more about each other, to explore the involvement of other potential partners, and to discuss how the partners will adopt and use equitable collaborative principles and operating norms).
  • Exploring shared research interests and identifying capacity building needs (e.g., identifying partnership research priorities, determining nature of collaborative research approach that will be used, delineating capacity-building needs, participating in trainings and/or ongoing mentoring opportunities).
  • Developing an Advisory Committee and/or other appropriate partnership infrastructure mechanisms (e.g., defining roles and responsibilities, developing communication and decision-making mechanisms, policies and procedures; developing a set of collaborative participatory research principles to guide decisions regarding various aspects of the research process).
  • Evaluating the partnership process (e.g., collecting data to assess how and to what extent the partnership is achieving its goals, and the challenges and facilitating factors associated with developing, maintaining and sustaining the partnership).
  • Developing a research plan for a Joint Pilot Project. The second year of funding (pending successful completion of Year 1 and an acceptable Joint Pilot Project application) will be dedicated to implementing the proposed research project. Joint Pilot Projects will be eligible for up to $30,000 per project. At the end of the second year of funding, we expect that funded partnerships will be prepared to submit competitive grant proposals to governmental, nonprofit, and private funding sources.

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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