Community-Based Research

Faculty Mini-Grant Program

Community-Based Research Application is now available!

The Office of Community Engagement will award faculty mini-grants up to $5,000 to support community-based research projects, i.e., the application of knowledge through research to the solution of problems confronting today's ever changing and increasingly complex society. The mini-grant program is open to tenured and tenure-track faculty.

Proposals are invited for a wide-range of research activities, however, all proposals must begin with the identification of a particular community partner and a specific community need.  Proposals must include the following characteristics:

  • the proposal involves community-based research, i.e., a collaborative approach where a faculty researcher and members of an organization work together to define the problem to be examined, co-generate relevant knowledge about the problem, execute research techniques together, and take specific action to promote change
  • the proposal includes activities that result in a research paper or creative work submitted for publication

Award Amount, Use and Grant Period:

Mini-grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded. The grant period is one year from the date of award, but can be extended upon approval of written extension request. Typical uses of mini-grant funds include: research resources (books, journals), supplies, duplication, postage, student assistants, and/or conference travel expenses. International travel is not an allowable expense.

Please contact Diane Podolske at 909-537-7483 or for additional information.