The Detroit URC: fostering health equity through 
community-based participatory research (CBPR)
for more than 20 years

Small Planning Grants

The Detroit URC's Small Planning Grant program aim to support the establishment of new community-academic partnerships and new collaborative health research efforts in Detroit through these two types of grants: 1) Partnership Formation and Maintenance and 2) Project Development. See details below. 

1. Partnership Formation Grants are intended to support newly developing or potential partnerships in, for example, relationship building, exploration of shared areas of interest, creation of partnership structure, and identification of potential research collaborations. Example activities include:

  • 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, delineating capacity-building needs, participating in trainings and/or ongoing mentoring opportunities);
  • Developing a Steering 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); and
  • Planning future research collaboration and proposal submissions (e.g. identifying and responding to potential funding opportunities).

2. Project Development Grants are intended to support established partnerships in, for example, the development of specific new collaborative research efforts, analysis of existing data, enhancing capacity for conducting collaborative research, the dissemination and translation of research findings, and the evaluation of the partnership process. Example activities include:

  • Conducting community assessment(s) to inform new collaborative research efforts (e.g. focus groups to gather data to inform the research question and/or methods);
  • Analyzing existing data to help inform future collaborative research (e.g. collaborative analysis, review and interpretation of previously collected 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); and
  • 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, and identifying future directions for the partnership based on the assessment conducted

Eligibility: Members of the Detroit URC Community-Academic Research Network (CAR-Net), as well as academic researchers and community entities who are not CAR-Net members but are willing and able to engage in collaborative research, are eligible to apply.

Funding Level:  Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded, with a grant duration period of one year. The number and amount of awarded grants is based on the quantity and quality of the submitted proposals. A total of  $10,000 (maximum) will be dispersed across grant recipients. Funding for this round of grants was made possible with support from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Funding Support: This program is funded in part with support from the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR) Communities Engagement Program. These funds are administered through the MICHR Communities Engagement Program. Please note that small planning grants for partnerships that are NOT based in Detroit are available through the MICHR Community University Partnership Seed (CUPS) Program. These funds are administered through MICHR Communities Engagement Program

Related Links: 


     The Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center

     University of Michigan School of Public Health (U-M SPH)
     1415 Washington Heights
     Ann Arbor, MI 48109
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