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The University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity and Program in Health Disparities Research are please to present the third annual Community Research Institute (CRI). CRI is a 6-week workshop series designed to enhance the capacity of community organizational leaders and staff in health-related research methodology to be able to take the lead on and/or increase their partnership capacity in developing and conducting grant-fundable research projects.

During the Institute, the participating community organization teams will hear from University of Minnesota professionals on different research topics, i.e. designing a research question & specific aims, ethics, community-engaged research, preparing a grant budget, and dissemination of community research results to diverse audiences. Participants will then have an opportunity to apply the knowledge to a project currently being planned or conducted at his/her organization. Teams will also have the opportunity to receive two 1-hour consultation sessions on the project with an academic professional on topics not covered in CRI or for more in-depth questions.

Upon successful completion of the Institute, participating organizations will receive a $1,000 mini-grant to be used for the implementation of the research project and/or to compensate for staff time dedicated to participation in the Community Research Institute. In addition, Institute participants will be provided with all materials needed to participate in the Institute, including parking and lunch.


Applicants eligible to apply include leaders and staff from community-based organizations with an interest in further developing their skills to conduct health-related research.

Applicants must describe an existing or potential health-related research project that they will actively work on throughout the Institute. Any organization that is eligible can apply, however organizations that are currently implementing a research project or are planning to submit a grant proposal within the next year may benefit most from this Institute.

The Institute will be most beneficial to organizations who can commit to sending the same 2-4 participants each week.


Institute participants are expected to attend all sessions and participate fully in the Institute. All participants must attend the first and last session. At least two of the individuals must attend five out of the six sessions. All participants must complete pre and post-evaluation measures.

Selection Criteria:

Organizations will be selected based on:

• The organization’s need for CRI (30%)

• How the organization plans to apply the skills and knowledge from the CRI (30%)

• The project’s relevance to health (20%)

• Support from the organization for participation in the CRI (20%)

*Priority will be given to organizations that have not participated in previous Community Research Institutes.


Fridays from 9:00-12:30 p.m. from October 3rd through November 7th. Lunches will be included.

Application Instructions:

Apply here!

Completed applications are due no later than 4:00 p.m. (CST) Monday, August 25th 2014. Applicants will be notified of their status by September 16, 2014.

Address questions to:

Clinical and Translational Science Institute

Office of Community Engagement for Health

Deb Hendricks (612) 624-4247

Center for Health Equity

Megan Hoffman (612) 626-4120

Program in Health Disparities Research

Kristin Eide (612) 626-8497

The Community Research Institute is co-sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute, Center for Health Equity, and Program in Health Disparities Research.

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