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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 mechanism designed to foster collaborative research-oriented projects between university researchers and community organizations. There are two levels of grant funding available: 1. Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications) and 2. Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications).

Grants are awarded only to teams comprised of UCI researchers and community organization representatives. Applicants can be:

  • 501c3 Community organizations
  • UCI-based researchers, including faculty, healthcare providers, post-doctoral researchers, graduate students, or senior researchers may apply for CCRI funds
    Proposals must demonstrate an active engagement between UCI researchers and community representatives. Specifically, projects must demonstrate they are co-designed and clearly state the anticipated benefits to each partner.

All projects require UCI Human Research Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or an exemption determination prior to funds being released. It is recommended that the IRB application be submitted prior to final submission of this funding application. In addition to UCI IRB approval, 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
Awards may be used for:

  1. Research-based activities: Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications)
    • Research activities include but are not limited to data collection, analyses, and/or pilot studies.
    • An example of a pilot CCRI is a study that will generate findings to be further studied or tested in a larger follow-up research study.
  2. Capacity- and partnership-building activities: Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications)
    • Capacity-building and project planning activities include but are not limited to trainings, data set organization, technology, project development for future research

Use of Funds
Two funding levels are anticipated for this round:

Pilot CCRI $8,000-$10,000 (for research applications)
Mini CCRI $3,000-$5,000 (for capacity and partnership building applications)

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 distributed to the community partner to support their research activities. Community partner funds may also be used to supplement academic partner’s project activities, if necessary.
Funds may not be used to purchase food, but may be used to purchase study participant gift cards.
Funds must be spent and projects completed by March 31, 2017.

Reporting Requirement

  • Awardees are required to complete documentation for a face-to-face activation meeting that takes place at the beginning of the funding, and a report with highlights, findings, and further actions, at the close of the award period, March 31, 2017.
  • Awardees are expected to develop a poster that presents their findings and display the poster at the annual UCI/ICTS Translational Science Day at the UCI Student Center. Additional information will be given in the notice of awards.
  • Awardees are expected to present their projects twice at a CCRI Presentation Breakfast, once at the beginning of the funding period, and again at the end. Additional information will be given in the notice of awards.
  • Awardees are required to acknowledge the ICTS in all publications and presentations.

Award Application Deadline: January 18, 2016
Award Announcement: March 1, 2016

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

  • Focus on integrating innovative community-based practices that accelerate discoveries toward better health and healthcare delivery and/or contribute to the 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/innovation
  • Have a high likelihood of meaningful positive impact (ex. changing clinical care in a positive way, future research possibilities)
  • Have matching funds or in kind donations

The CCRI applications for research activities are rigorously reviewed by UCI faculty and community partners. Each application will have at least one review from an academic and a community member. Please be sure to clearly indicate to which funding mechanism you are applying.

Scoring for Research-based activities (Pilot CCRI) is based on the following:

  • Overall scientific merit, considering the following factors:
  • Collaboration
  • Scientific strength of research plan
  • Endowment of the scientific environment (well-resourced, supportive of proposed study)
  • Translational nature
  • Feasibility within specified timeline and available resources
  • Significance and impact
  • Potential for gaining extramural funding

Scoring for Capacity- and partnership-building applications (Mini CCRI) is based on the following:

  • Strength/potential of partnership
  • Investigator expertise
  • Feasibility of completing proposed activities with given resources
  • Strength of provisional research idea
  • Endowment of scientific environment
  • Translational intent
  • Potential for gaining further funding to carry out planned project

Application Components

  • Research Description (Template)
  • Biosketch (NIH new format) of University Partner and biosketch or CV of Community Partner
  • Timeline (1 Page)
    • A detailed plan for completion of the project by March 31, 2017
  • Letter of support from the university partner and the community partner
  • Budget (itemized, 1 page maximum). Must clearly state the following:
    • Total budget for the project
    • Amount requested from the ICTS
  • Budget Justification
    • Funds cannot be used to support the PI’s salary, computer purchases, or travel. Other personnel salaries are allowable.
    • No overhead will be provided for outside institutions
  • UCI Financial Disclosure (For UCI Faculty: Form 800 and if required Form 810; for community members Form 800SR)

If you have questions, please contact

Robynn Zender, MS
CEU Manager, Community Research
Institute for Clinical and Translational Science
949-824-3160 E-mail: rzender@uci.edu


Deadline: Monday, January 18, 2016 at 5pm
Submit an application HERE.