Funding Available for Innovative Community-Based Research Projects/Courses

Corporation for National & Community Service has just announced that funds are available on a competitive basis for innovative community-based research (CBR) courses and projects. Awards will be between $2,500 – $7,500 per year for one to three years. These grants will be awarded to higher education institutions in the United States doing innovative CBR work that can serve as models for best practices.
Examples of innovative work could include, but are not limited to:
• Linking CBR to ongoing direct service partnerships, especially in programs that serve disadvantaged youth (e.g., evaluating the effectiveness of an after-school tutoring program involving students in an America Reads Program);
• Connecting community-based research to the policy and information needs of nonprofit organizations and citizens;
• Developing campus partnerships with youth civic engagement groups that involve youth as researchers supported by college students;
• Establishing summer CBR internships that enable students to provide full-time CBR assistance to a community partner;
• Creating stipended CBR internships during the school year that leverage Federal Work-Study and part-time AmeriCorps student funding;
• Organizing multi-site CBR projects that link campus and community partners in different geographical locations (e.g., a study of college prep programs for low-income youth in three rural communities).
For more information on the National Community-Based Research Networking Initiative, see the project web page. For all program-related inquiries, please write to Lauren Davis.
All grant recipients must agree to abide by the regulations of the Corporation for National and Community Service, which can be found at
Proposals must be submitted by February 1, 2007. If you are uncertain that your project fits the criteria, send a letter or e-mail outlining your project for feedback.