Community-Based Research

Faculty Mini-Grant Program

All Community-Based Research funds have been awarded for this academic year. Please check back in Fall 2016 for the next availability of funding!

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.