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University of California, Irvine
Institute for Clinical & Translational Sciences
Community Engagement Unit (CEU)
Campus-Community Research Incubator Program



The Campus-Community Research Incubator Program (CCRI) is a small grant fund designed to foster collaborative research oriented projects between university researchers and community organizations.



Grants are awarded only to teams comprised of campus researchers and community organization representatives.

  • Community organizations, faculty, healthcare providers, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, or senior researchers may apply for CCRI funds.

Proposals must demonstrate an active engagement between campus and community representatives, i.e. a co-designed project that benefits the campus researcher and community organization equally.
All applicants need UCI Human Research Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or exemption for their project.  Funds will not be released until an official IRB notice of approval or exemption has been provided.

Note: The UCI campus partner will be required to submit the proposal to the UCI IRB and receive approval prior to funds being dispersed. 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.

Human Subject Protection https://www.citiprogram.org/Default.asp 
HIPAA http://apps.research.uci.edu/tutorial/

All applications must be submitted electronically.


Types of Awards and Use of Funds

Awards may be used for:

  • capacity building expenses (e.g. trainings, data set organization, technology)
  • data collection, analyses
  • other research activities or pilot studies

Use of Funds

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 directly used to support community partner activities. Funds may not be used to purchase food, but may be used to purchase participant gift cards.

All awarded funds will be sent directly to the community partner to disseminate as budgeted. Funds must be spent and projects completed by March 31, 2015.

It is anticipated that funding levels for this round will be between $3,000-$10,000.

Two funding levels are anticipated for this round. Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000, and Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000.

Note: In most cases, expenses related to laboratory services, statistical consultation and IRB consultation will be provided at no charge by the ICTS, if applicable. Please contact Diana Vigil, dvigil1@uci.edu or (949)824-1231 if you will need these services.


Reporting Requirement

Awardees are required to submit a brief report summarizing the project' at the beginning of the funding and a report with highlights, findings and further actions, at the close of the award period, March 31st 2015.

Awardees are expected to develop a poster that presents their findings to be displayed at an annual UCI/ICTS Translational Science Day, June 27 2014 at the UCI Student Center. Additional information will be given in the notice of awards.

Awardees are required to acknowledge the ICTS in all publications and presentations.


Award Cycle Deadline: 1/24/14

Award Announcement: 3/1/14

The CCRI review committee will be composed of members from the CEU leadership council, which consists of OC Alliance members and UCI ICTS faculty & staff. The CEU leadership council will review the applications and will present of OC Alliance members the opportunity to review their recommendations at the first of OC Alliance members meeting.


Selection Criterion

Two award amounts are available to apply for during this cycle. Each applicant may only apply to one.

Mini CCRI: $3,000 - $5,000

Pilot CCRI: $8,000 - $10,000

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

  • Priority will be given to awards that focus on integrating innovative community based practices with patient care
  • Potential to contribute to understanding clinical translational science and the social determinants of health
  • Have formed or established a partnership (an existing partnership prior to applying for CCRI)
  • Demonstrate project ingenuity
  • Have a high likelihood of positive impact (ex. changing clinical care in a positive way, future research possibilities)
  • Have matching funds or in kind donations
  • Priority will be given to partnerships with a UCI Faculty or UCI affiliate Faculty (Please note that if the faculty partner is not a UCI or UCI affiliate faculty, there may be additional administrative steps necessary before the award is given- for more information please contact Diana Vigil dvigil1@uci.edu)

If you have question please contact


Diana Vigil 
ICTS Manager, Pilot and Community Research 

Michael J. Montoya, PhD
Director of Research, UCI Community Engagement Unit
OC Alliance for Community Health Research, ICTS


Deadline: January 24, 2014 at 5pm

Submit an application HERE.