Grants and Funding

Information for grant recipients

Guides for navigating the process of partnering on a grant with the University

The University of Minnesota's Sponsored Project Administration (SPA) oversees the submission and receipt of external grants.  In consultation with the Office for Public Engagement, SPA has developed resources to help community organizations and small businesses navigate the process of being a partner on a grant with the University of Minnesota.
The new Specialized Support for Investigators Working with Community-Based and Small Business Sponsors/Surecipients  explains the strategies that have been developed to help overcome common financial and logistical  barriers to community-based organizations collaborating with the University.  The Quick Guide for Proposal Preparation and Submission  lists all of the steps to preparing and submitting a proposal, with links to additional  information and resources.
A subaward is a written agreement with a community-based subreccipient performing a portion of a University-sponsored project.  The Office for the Vice President of Research has compiled a guide and related documents to support community organizations who have received subawards from the University as a part of a grant funded project.  The guide helps organizations navigate the logistics and requirements of a subward.

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA)

Artists Neighborhood Partnership Initiative—This program provides small grants (up to $10,000) to artists working in partnership with community-based, neighborhood, or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding suburbs.  These grants recognize the valuable role that the arts and artists can play in community revitalization efforts and are intended to support the involvement of artists as key actors and leaders of community development. 

Community Assistantship Program—This program provides applied research assistance to community-based groups outside the Twin Cities Metro Area.  The research and technical needs of community organizations are matched with the support of students.  CAP projects typically place students in a community defined and directed part-time research assistantship for one semester or over the summer.  Eligible organizations include community groups, organizations, and local governments in Greater Minnesota (plus outer suburbs in the Twin Cities) and projects that would serve the entire state.

Kris Nelson Community-Based Research Program—This program builds partnerships between community-based organizations and suburban government agencies and local colleges and universities.  The research and technical needs of organizations are matched with student research assistants to carry out community-defined and guided projects.  The Nelson Program provides approximatley 200 hours of student time to work on a project in the spring and fall semesters, or 260 hours during the summer.  The program is made up of a consortium of ten metro-area colleges and universities. 

Neighborhood Partnerships Initiative—This program makes technical assistance and small grants (up to $10,000) available to community-based, neighborhood or other place-based organizations located in communities of color and low-income communities in Minneapolis and St. Paul and surrounding suburbs to support community-based efforts that lead to increased engagement, power, and influence of community members affected by racial, social, and economic disparities.  

Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute

Community Collaborative Grants Program—This program supports community-university pilot research projects that address important health issues identified by Minnesota communities.  Awards are designed to stimulate high-impact research, while building and sustaining long-term partnerships between U of M researchers and community representatives.

Community Health Connections—This opportunity is intended to identify community needs and generate ideas and opportunities to promote collaborative efforts to improve community health. Funding is available to support community organizations in collaborative processes to identify community needs, opportunities, and ideas.


Dissemination and Implementation Awards—This program provides funding to research teams so they can apply research to the real world, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.


Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants Program—This program supports pilot research and evaluation projects that address important Minnesota human health issues and enable Minnesota State Fair attendees to participate.

Healthy Foods, Healthy Lives Institute

Community-University Planning Grant Program—This program is for community-university research teams to fund the development of authentic community-university partnerships related to food, nutrition, and health.  The expected outcome of this grant is that teams prepare and submit a grant proposal to one of the major HFHL grant programs or to other equivalent University, government, and/or private sources. 

Program in Health Disparities Research

Community Member Travel Awards—The Program in Health Disparities Research (PHDR) supports meritorious health disparities-related projects and research conducted by community members (non-University of Minnesota employees).  Travel scholarships for community members to attend regional or national health disparities-related conferences are competitively awarded twice per year. 

Pilot Grants—This program supports one-year pilot projects that are designed to encourage community-initiated research and foster sustainable long-term collaboration between community-based organizations and academic researchers on research projects focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities.