Community Seed Grant Program
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? A required pre-proposal informational Zoom meeting will be held on July 7, 2021 at 10:00 am ET and on August 4, 2021 at 10:00 am ET, the proposal is due August 30, 2021, notification of award is October 25, 2021. Anticipated project start is February 1, 2022.
How? The Request for Proposals (below) has all the information needed to apply.
Due Date and Time-August 30, 2021, 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 KRC7D@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu.
Partnerships that could benefit from additional research expertise (e.g. project design and proposal development) may reach out to Sophie Wenzel (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
Please submit all grant components as a single .pdf attachment by email to Sophie Wenzel (email@example.com) by August 30, 2021, 5:00 pm ET.
The title of the email should read: iTHRIV Community Research Partnership Grants.
You will receive an email acknowledgement of receipt. If you do not receive an acknowledgement within 3 days, please call or email Sophie Wenzel to confirm receipt.
Proposals should provide sufficient detail to allow review committee members to assess the merit and feasibility of the project. Applicants must clearly define the purpose of the research and describe how proposed methods will address the targeted health outcome(s) and/or social determinants of health in under-resourced communities.
Proposals will be reviewed by clinicians, researchers, and community members. Therefore, benefits, outcomes, and impact should be described in a straightforward manner, with clear practical implications.
Proposals must be written in Arial 11 point font, with one-inch margins, in the order listed below and combined into a single PDF for submission:
1) Application Cover Sheet: Not included in the page limit. Please download and save before filling out.
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 new 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.
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
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):
- Virginia Tech: Sarah Whitt- firstname.lastname@example.org
- Carilion Clinic: Vera Hollen - email@example.com
- Inova: Lynn Evans-Riester - Lynn.Evans-Riester@inova.org -or- Bhruga Shah - Bhruga.Shah@inova.org
- UVA: Contact the Grant Administrator for your Department or School
* These grant administrators can then contact Kayla Calvo (KRC7D@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu) with any additional questions.
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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- HTN3U@hscmail.mcc.virginia.edu
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 clinicaltrials.gov.
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
Notification of awards will be provided by October 25, 2021 (anticipated funding dates are February 1, 2022-January 31, 2023). Interim progress reports will be required, and a final report is expected within 30 days of the project end date.
Project implementation and deliverables (including regulatory requirements (e.g. IRB and institutional approvals) must be feasible within the one year grant period.
Required Pre-Proposal Virtual Meeting
One of the two informational virtual meetings must be attended by at least one of the members of the partnership intending to respond to this Request for Proposals. Partnerships can decide which call to attend.
Register in advance for the July 7th, 10:00 am ET meeting:
Register in advance for the August 4th, 10:00 am ET meeting:
Sophie Wenzel, MPH, DrPH
Assistant Professor, Population Health Sciences, Virginia Tech
Associate Director, Center for Public Health Practice and Research
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