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Community Led Research

 The Community Organization and iTHRIV Research Institutions Grant funding opportunity has ENDED

Click here to learn about the iTHRIV-funded projects through the years.


  • ​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.

  • When? Required pre-proposal informational Zoom meetings will be held on July 14, 2022 at 9:00am ET and on August 9, 2022 at 12:00pm ET. One member of your research team must attend one of these meetings. The proposal is due August 29, 2022 5pm ET, notification of award will be October 28, 2022. Anticipated project start is February 1, 2023.

  • How? The Request for Proposals (below) has all the information needed to apply.


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 important way to improve what and how research is conducted. A major iTHRIV goal is to implement research that will benefit under-resourced communities.

This funding opportunity is specifically seeking applications that aim 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.


Partnerships that could benefit from additional research expertise (e.g. project design and proposal development) may reach out to Sophie Wenzel at 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.


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


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