Grants

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.

Professional Development Initiative for Public Engagement Leaders

The Office for Public Engagement provides professional development grants of up to $750 each for public engagement leaders (individuals and groups) from units or center that are members of the University of Minnesota Public Engagement Network (UM-PEN).  The purpose of these professional development grants is to further unit leaders' professional capacity to advance one or more goals of the public engagement Ten-Point Plan.  To apply, please fill out and submit this document.

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. 

Center for Urban and Regional Affairs

Faculty Interactive Research Program—This program supports faculty who carry out research projects that involve significant issues of public policy for the state and that include interaction with community groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota.  Awards cover the faculty member's salary for the summer, plus a research assistant for one year. 

Fesler-Lampert Chair in Urban and Regional Affairs—This program supports, for one year, the research activities of a U of M faculty member for work on a project related to urban and regional affairs in Minnesota.  The endowed chair is intended to stimulate interdisciplinary research and teaching.

Center for Community-Engaged Learning

Community-Engaged Teaching and Learning Faculty Fellows Program—Course development grants of $1,000 are available to support instructors interested in integrating community engagement initiatives into their courses.  Applications are due November 6. Technical assistance and other support is also available from the Center for Community-Engaged Learning (formerly the Community Service-Learning Center).

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.

University Research Grant Program—This program seeks to fund new, interdisciplinary faculty research teams that include members from at least three distinct disciplines and that produce research that has a high potential for growth and for becoming self-supporting over time.  The priority areas for focus are food protection (safety), prevention of obesity and diet-related disease, and food policy.  Within these priority areas, of special importance is the integration of agriculture and health sciences. 

Institute for Translational Research in Children's Mental Health

Collaborative Seed Grant Program—Institute for Translational Research (ITR) in Children's Mental health collaborative seed grants are designed to support small research projects addressing important issues in children's mental health that align with ITR's mission, are identified by communities in Minnesota, and have a high likelihood of leading to external funding.

Institute on the Environment

Project Grants and Mini Grants—The Institute on the Environment's (IonE) fellowships and grants provide support for people and projects across the University of Minnesota system. These grants emphasize innovation and interdisciplinary cooperation.

Program in Health Disparities Research

Health Disparities Pilot Grants—These grants 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. 

Engagement Scholarship Consortium Emerging Engagement Scholars Workshop

This intensive professional development program provides advanced doctoral students and early career faculty with background literature, facilitated discussions, mentoring, and presentations designed to increase their knowledge and enhance their practice of community-engaged scholarship.