Community Seed Grant Program

September, 2021:

Open RFP

Early October, 2021

Time/date TBD

Zoom information session

April 1, 2022:

 Project Start

Late September, 2021

Time/date TBD

Zoom information session

Anticipated October 29, 2021: RFP Due date

Please check back later for details about the 2022 funding opportunity.


The 2022 RFP will contain slight changes, but the following provides the information from the 2021 RFP for your reference. 


This funding opportunity is available through the integrated Translational Health Research Institute 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 underserved populations.


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).



Community-Research Institute partnerships are eligible to apply for this funding. A Community-Research Institute partnership is defined as a community-based organization working with a researcher employed by an iTHRIV institute (University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, Carilion Clinic and Inova Health System).  Researchers at the research institute must be full-time researchers or full-time faculty or staff members who are eligible to serve as a PI on an external grant at their institute.


The community partner can be from any of the regions served by iTHRIV (northern, central, southwest and south side Virginia) and their organization must be registered as a 501c3 or government agency. The community partner cannot be formally associated with the iTHRIV partner through employment, joint practice/clinical sites, etc.


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



Teams should submit a single PDF containing the following:

  • Application Coversheet (template provided)

  • 5-page project description (see below for details)

  • NIH formatted budget and budget justification (use provided templates)

  • NIH-style biosketch or CV for PIs.


The 5-page project description should include the following:

  • Background and Significance

  • Partners and Previous Related Work

  • Approach

  • Impact


Funding and Awards:

The maximum funded amount will be $40,000.  All awards require approval from the National Institutes of Health, and funds must be expended within a single year. Teams should provide an NIH formatted budget and budget justification at the time of application; include separate budget and budget justifications for each partner. Formal approval by the appropriate grants offices will be requested only for those projects selected for funding. No carry over will be permitted.


Evaluation Criteria and Proposal Review:

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.


Proposals will be reviewed by clinicians, scientists, and non-scientists from local communities. Therefore, benefits, outcomes, and impact should be described in a straightforward manner, with clear practical implications.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are indirects allowed to be included in the budget?

  • For UVA budgets-No.

  • For all other institution budgets-federally negotiated indirect rates will apply.


Are references considered part of the 5-page project description?

  • No, references are separate as are the budget, budget justification, and NIH biosketches.

Are PI’s or Co-PI’s required to have effort on the grant?

  • No, PI effort is discouraged, with this limited funding iTHRIV anticipates the majority of the funding will be needed for supplies, support staff, statistical support, etc.


Are separate budgets and budget justifications required?

  • Yes-the community organization and the research institute should submit separate budgets.


If this is a multi-institution project, are the budgets required to be split evenly between institutions?

  • No-the budgets should be comparable to the work being done at each site.




February, 2022

Notice of Award