Community Organization & Research Institution Partnership Grant


  • June 27th, 2022: Request for Proposals Release Date

  • July 11th, 2022 at 12 pm ET:Information Session: Click here to register

  • August 29th, 2022 by 5 pm ET: Application Deadline

  • October 28th, 2022: Anticipated notification of award

  • February 1, 2023: Anticipated project start

Bellow is a copy of the 2022 Community Organization & Research Institution Partnership Grant RPF. The 2023 RFP will be posted soon, so please be sure to check back.

Funding Opportunity

iTHRIV Community Organization & Research Institution Partnership Grant


Who? Partnerships between Community Organizations and iTHRIV Research Institutions. See additional partnership information below.


What? 12-month health-related research projects,

up to $40,000 may be requested. Two projects will be funded.


Where? All projects must be located in Virginia through a Community Organization/ iTHRIV Institution (University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic and Inova).


When? Pre-proposal informational Zoom meetings will be held in July and August. The proposal is due August 29, 2022 and notification of award will be on October 28th, 2022.  Anticipated project start is February 1, 2023.


Due Date and Time-August 29, 2022, 5:00 pm ET



This funding opportunity is available through the integrated Translational Health Research Institution of Virginia (iTHRIV). The mission of the iTHRIV partnership and the national Clinical Translational Science Award (CTSA) program is to promote interdisciplinary research that translates basic research findings into clinical applications, clinical research into community practice, and improves the research process. Community engaged research is one good way to improve what and how research is conducted. A major iTHRIV goal is to implement research that will benefit under-resourced populations.


This funding opportunity is specifically interested in applications that seek to reduce health disparities and improve health among communities that experience poorer health outcomes and have historically been excluded from opportunities to engage in research (e.g. racial/ethnic minorities, rural communities, women, low-income families).

Proposed community engaged research projects may address a wide range of health-related topics. Projects may target direct health outcomes (e.g. improved screening rates, glycemic control, physical activity, diet, etc.) and/or social determinants of health (e.g. socio-economic, cultural and environmental conditions, etc.)  See additional information at the end of this RFP describing Community Engaged Research and Social Determinants of Health.


Projects should address needs that are identified through a community health prioritization process or targeted needs assessment that includes appropriate primary and/or secondary data. Examples include a Community Health Assessment or Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP/CHNA/MAPP2HEALTH).


Proposals with the greatest potential to foster sustainable, collaborative research projects will be given priority.


Projects types may include (but are not limited to):

  • New research projects based on community need

  • Adapting an existing community-focused research project to address a new population

  • Adding a new specific aim or additional goal to a currently funded project


Project types should not include:

  • Projects that are dependent on a submitted, but not yet funded grant

  • Existing projects seeking supplemental funding towards original goals




Funding requests cannot exceed $40,000. At least 40% of all funding must directly fund the Community Organization’s role in the project. The detailed project budgets must demonstrate the meaningful allocation of funds to the Research Institution and to the Community Organization. 




  • All proposals must include a Community Organization and at least one researcher employed by an iTHRIV institution (University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic, Inova)

  • The iTHRIV researcher must be eligible to serve as a Principal Investigator on an external grant at their institution

  • Only applicants who have NOT received funding under this mechanism in the past 2 years are eligible

  • Eligible Community Organizations must meet the following criteria:

    • Registered as a 501c3 organization OR government agency

    • Office located in region served by iTHRIV (northern, central, southwest and southside Virginia)

    • Eligible to receive federal funding (see requirements below)

Additional questions about organizations’ eligibility can be directed to Kayla Calvo at


Partnerships that could benefit from additional research expertise (e.g. project design and proposal development) may reach out to Sophie Wenzel ( prior to submission to discuss potential connections to iTHRIV affiliated researchers.


Individual iTHRIV members from a Community Organization or Research Institution who are included on an application will recuse themselves from the application review and selection process.

Submission Requirements:

1) Application Cover Sheet: Not included in the page limit.

2) Abstract (maximum 250 words):  Not included in the page limit. Briefly summarize the components of the research plan as described below. Use lay language where possible to assist community reviewers in better understanding the proposal.

3) Research Plan (5 page limit includes the following components):


  • Background and Significance: Describe the specific health outcome(s) or social determinant(s) of health that the partnership will address and the relevance to the communities involved. Describe the community health assessment report/tool used, the research question, and how the partnership determined the research question.

  • Partners and Previous Related Work: Describe any previous experience that the partners have working together, working with the community identified, and/or conducting community-engaged research. Describe the expertise that the different partners will bring to the partnership. Describe the capacity of the Community Organization and Research Institution team members to successfully implement the community-engaged project.

  • Approach: Include 1) purpose and measurable desired outcomes of the project, 2) specific activities designed to meet the desired outcomes, 3) framework and/or approach that the partnership will use to engage community members in research, 4) how project impact will be evaluated, 5) project timeline. 

  • Impact: Describe how the proposed research will benefit the communities involved, and how the results of the study will be communicated to them. Describe strategies to disseminate results and “lessons learned” to researchers and to the communities involved in the study. Describe how the proposed activities could lead to sustained research collaborations and/or additional funding opportunities, and plans for sustaining partnership efforts.


4) References: Not included in the page limit. Any reference style that clearly indicates the source of information cited is acceptable.


5) NIH Style Budget & Budget Justification: Not included in the page limit. Include a separate budget and budget justification for the iTHRIV institution and for the community partner.






6) Biosketch/Resume: Not included in the page limit. Provide a current NIH biosketch for the Research Institution Principal Investigator (please utilize the 12/2020 version) and any co-investigators (including postdoctoral fellows and graduate or medical students), and a CV or resume for the Community Organization Principal Investigator (project lead).


7) Letters of Commitment: Not included in the page limit. Provide one letter of commitment signed by the Community Organization Principal Investigator and one letter of commitment signed by the Research Institution Principal Investigator, outlining the scope of work, resources provided to the project, and funds requested. 


Budget Guidelines


  • Funds must be spent within 12 months of the project start date. Cost extensions are not permitted.

  • Allowable costs include Research Institution faculty/staff salary and fringe, student support, Community Organization personnel salary and fringe, materials/supplies, participant incentives, travel necessary for conducting the research, and software.

  • NO funds will be allowed for food, books, subscriptions, publication expenses or indirect costs

  • Only direct costs should be included on the budgets and at least 40% of the funding must directly fund the Community Organization’s role in the project.

  • Separate Budget and Budget Justifications should be submitted for:

    • iTHRIV Research Institution

    • Community Organization


Please contact the following individuals at each institution for grant management review and support for this proposal submission process (have institution sign off for VT, Carilion and Inova):

* These grant administrators can then contact Kayla Calvo ( with any additional questions.

Regulatory Approvals

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If awardees plan to conduct human research, the following must occur:


  • Awardees must obtain all applicable regulatory approvals (e.g. IRB) and meet all compliance requirements to receiving funds and maintain approvals during the entire length of the award.

  • When applying for IRB approval, indicate that this research is supported by the National Institutes of Health (iTHRIV Award number UL1TR003015).Funding source: NIH/NCATS.

  • IRB approval(s) must be kept current and active for the duration of the award period. Copies of all approval letters need to be sent to Medard Ng, PhD, Research Quality Manager-    

  • Any multi-site human subject research study will be required to follow the NIH mandate for use of a single IRB of record.

  • All funded proposals which involve human subjects will require submission to and review of the project by NCATS to beginning the project. Teams who are awarded funding will meet with the Research Quality Manager for guidance through this process.

  • The approval process can take several weeks to one month. In order to protect against delays, all applicants are encouraged to seek IRB approval concurrent with the submission of this application or as soon as possible after award.

  • If your project is an NIH-defined clinical trial (see below), you must register your project and report results on


NIH Clinical Trial Definition

A research study in which one or more human subjects are prospectively assigned to one or more interventions (which may include placebo or other control) to evaluate the effects of those interventions on health-related biomedical or behavioral outcomes




Please Contact:

Sophie Wenzel, MPH, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech

Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research



Kristin Miller

iTHRIV Partnership Manager

University of Virginia



Kathy Hosig, PhD, MPH, RD

Associate Professor, Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech

Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research


Additional Information on Community Engaged Research and Social Determinants of Health