Research Management Group (RMG)

Stanford University School of Medicine
Office of Community Health (OCH)
CTSA Seed Grants: Funding for Community-Academic Partnerships

Internal funding opportunity for Stanford faculty with PI eligibility

This webpage contains the internal selection process held in 2012 and is for your reference only.

Deadline:   Monday,  April 23, 2012 (see internal submission guidelines below)

Purpose: The CTSA Seed Grants Program has been established in order to expand Stanford’s capacity to engage in community-based research through strengthening collaborative partnerships with the local community.

Amount of funding:

The OCH has $75,000 in total funding, pending approval of the 2013 CTSA budget, for up to six grants from $1,000 to $15,000 each for a funding period of up to ten months, from May 2012 to April 30, 2013. The funds will be awarded to the faculty member or researcher to cover approved programmatic expenses. Award recipients are encouraged to follow the principles of Community Engagement and include project expenses that support the community partner’s role in the proposed project.


  • Stanford faculty with PI eligibility
  • Funding must be used to form new community-based partnerships, enhance existing partnerships or support the development, implementation, or evaluation of a community-based research project in either San Mateo or Santa Clara Counties involving local health issues.
  • Priority will be given to projects that have not been previously funded through OCH CTSA Seed Grants.
  • It is expected that these early stage projects will lead to additional external support and be developed into longer term, collaborative, comprehensive research projects.
  • Candidates must provide a letter of commitment (per the internal guidelines below) from the leadership of the community-based agency.


The Office of Community Health is the home in the School of Medicine for informed, committed, and sustained community engagement about local health issues. Our mission is to develop community-responsive education, research, and clinical training programs aimed at building leaders in community health and improving and health of low income and medically underserved populations. For more information on OCH, please see the following website:

Through funding made possible by Stanford’s CTSA (also known as Spectrum), the OCH is offering seed grants to encourage community based research through collaborative relationships with community agencies such as community health centers, schools, county health departments and/or hospital systems or other local nonprofit community based organizations. The CTSA, funded by National Institutes of Health, is designed to assist medical centers to develop a transformative home for clinical and translational science through innovation, education and optimization of resources. The OCH oversees Stanford’s CTSA Community Engagement Program, which focuses on two primary aims:

  • Develop and expand existing relationships with community-based agencies to foster development of a mutually-beneficial research agenda
  • Strengthen Stanford’s capacity to support community-based research.

Internal submission guidelines:

By Monday, April 23, 2012, please send a PDF containing the following (in the order listed below) via email attachment to:
Jill Evans, MPH
Research Program Director, Office of Community Health
Phone: 650-736-8074

1) Title Page (printed on your department letterhead)

  • Title of this RFA: Office of Community Health (OCH) CTSA Seed Grants: Funding for Community-Academic Research Partnerships
  • Title of your proposal
  • PI Name, title, department and contact information
  • Co-PI name, title, department and contact information
  • Name of the Community Partner Organization (with address, contact information)

2) Research Proposal- maximum of 5 pages, double-spaced (illustrations and references are not included in the page total). Include in the proposal:

  • Research aims/purpose and project goals
  • Program description including aims, description of methodology (e.g., study design, site, recruitment plan, evaluation tools and strategies, timeline), and roles of Stanford investigator and community partner.
  • Anticipated outcomes
  • Evaluation plan and analytic approach (how project success will be measured))
  • Capacity of PI to carry out community based project (including how community partner will be involved)
  • Description of how project will lead to subsequent, additional external support

3) Budget – Provide a one-page budget and narrative describing how funding will be used to successfully complete the project. Budget may include: personnel expenses; clearly defined sub-contracts; consultant or professional fees; operating expenses. Candidates are strongly encouraged to include project expenses that support the community partner’s role in the proposed project. Support for collaboration on Medical Scholars projects is allowed, however, funds cannot go directly to students or funded mentors of Medical Scholars projects. Indirect costs are not covered by this grant.

4) Letter of commitment (printed on the community-based health organization letterhead) signed by the leadership of the organization, addressed to the Office of Community Health CTSA Seed Grants: Funding for Community-Academic Partnership Internal Review Committee, indicating how they will participate in the specific project you are proposing and how the project will enhance the work of their agency. Letter may be submitted by community based organization to

5) NIH Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI

Selection process:

Your proposals will be reviewed by an internal review committee formed by the Office of Community Health that will select the proposals to receive funding.

Funds will not be released until individuals provide the OCH with any applicable IRB approvals.

Questions? Contact information
Please contact Jill Evans at the OCH at or 650.736.8074.






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