Grants

Community Partnership Grants Program 

2020 Call for Proposals

Due Date: September 15, 2020  

The Division 45 Community Partnership Grants Program supports research projects that engage in collaborative and participatory partnerships ​between psychologists and community partners ​to benefit Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) for durations of up to 2 years with project budgets up to $15,000. This program views partnerships as a crucial approach to deepening knowledge regarding underserved and understudied communities, and identifying promising prevention and intervention strategies for promoting healthy, thriving communities.  Many of the key challenges facing our communities are historically and institutionally situated and require diverse perspectives, approaches, and long-term engagement to achieve sustainable change.  Over the long term, the hope is that these research-community partnerships will result in new advances and insights into the processes and practices to address the most pressing issues facing BIPOC communities today. 

Funding Priorities

This inaugural year of the award will prioritize ​projects that seek to address​ anti-Black racism and its effects​, for example through community partnerships aimed at addressing racial trauma and healing in Black individuals, families and communities; structural interventions; models of racial allyship; bias reduction interventions; mentoring programs, etc.

This grants program envisions that the community partnership is organized in such a way as to generate knowledge relevant to the ongoing priorities of the community. We define “community partners”  broadly to include BIPOC community members, vulnerable student or patient populations, community-based organizations, schools and universities, social service agencies, places of worship and other organizations that affect and serve BIPOC groups. 

We expect researchers and community partners to have a pre-existing relationship and history of collaboration. For example, teams may have previously partnered on previous research projects, intervention development, program evaluation, outreach or education efforts. This grant program aims to strengthen the capacity of the team to positively affect the well-being of BIPOC populations. Because successful community partnerships require thoughtful consideration of how power and resources will be distributed and shared, all proposals should describe the processes for ensuring a respectful collaborative arrangement that benefits all parties involved.  

Eligibility

The primary applicant must be a member of APA Division 45. Applicants may submit only one application per deadline. Primary applicants must be doctoral-level professionals. 

Award

The maximum award amount is $15,000. Projects may span 1 or 2 years. 

Funds do not cover indirect costs of institutions, tuition, or living expenses.  Prior to disbursement of the funds, applicants whose research involves human subjects must provide documentation of institutional IRB approval within 2 months of the award notification​.  ​Projects may begin as early as January 1, 2020.

Award recipients will be expected to write a summary of their project for dissemination in the Division 45 newsletter and website. We also highly encourage recipients to develop a plan to communicate findings and shared learnings with the larger community of interest to the project.  

The Application Should Include:

  1. A cover sheet ​with the primary investigator’s and all co-investigator’s names, addresses, phone numbers, email addresses and title of the proposal.
  2. An abstract ​of 100 words or less summarizing the proposed research.
  3. Project Narrative that includes the following components: ​(4000 words max.)
    1. Project Aims and Justification: ​Outline the aims of your project and explain how your project relates to the mission of Division 45 and to the broad topic of promoting well-being among BIPOC, and if applicable, the funding priority for this cycle (anti-Black racism and its effects). Discuss why the proposed research-community partnership is critical for addressing advancing the goals of your project. 
    1. Relevance of ​History, Background, and Context of Partnership: Describe the nature of your partnership, including but not limited to: the history of the partnership, central goals and achievements to date, and how you envision the partnership progressing over the two years. Describe the short-term and long-term impacts of this research partnership. How will this continue to benefit/advance the community partner’s practices or goals, after the project ends? How will this work be sustained? ​Explain the benefits of your partnership for the research enterprise and how it adds value above traditional research.
    1. Proposed Research-Related Activities and Methods: ​Describe the research-related activities that would be supported by the grant and methods for executing the project.  In addition, project activities may include ​efforts aimed at building research infrastructure; outreach, communications, and relationship-building; or capacity-building aimed at laying the groundwork for fruitful collaboration. 
  4. References
  5. Project Timeline: ​Provide a 1-page timeline indicating the ​proposed start and end dates of the project as well as key events and milestones. 
  6. Project Team and Governance Plan:​  ​Discuss the roles, responsibilities, and expertise of the key individuals involved in the partnership. At least one Co-PI should be from the partnering organization(s).  Describe your plan for shared governance between researchers and community partners, how the team will work together to advance the goals of the project, and what each team member will contribute to the work.  
  7. Budget and Budget justification ​(no longer than 1 page)
  8. Brief CVs of all investigators ​(no longer than 5 pages each)
  9. Community Partner Letter:​  ​Include a letter from the partner organization(s) to the administering organization submitting this application. This letter should describe the value of the partnership from the partner’s perspective. 

Send all application materials as a single PDF file to: div45communitygrant@gmail.com.  ​Questions about this grants program should be directed to Alison Cerezo (​acerezo@ucsb.edu)​ or Doris Chang (​dfc276@nyu.edu​).  

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