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Community-Based Participatory Research Pathway to Pilots Awards

This grant provides up to $15,000 for academic and community partners who completed or intend to complete UR CTSI’s Introduction to Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) training, or who have demonstrated experience in CBPR. Research teams must consist of one faculty member, staff member, or trainee from the University of Rochester and at least one community partner from the greater Rochester area. The focus of the application should be on a planning grant or a pilot research project leading to a UR CTSI pilot funding application or to independent external funding.

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Academic applicants must be a trainee or have a faculty appointment at the University of Rochester or a University of Rochester staff member who has identified a faculty mentor to serve as co-investigator (both the staff and faculty member must have either completed the UR CTSI Introduction to CBPR training or have demonstrated experience in CBPR). To qualify for this CBPR Pathway to Pilot award, applicants with little or no prior experience with CBPR must have graduated from the UR CTSI training program between 2017 and 2024. Graduation requirements are contingent on format of each program year.

If you have questions about the course, please contact Laura Sugarwala,

Funding Amount

These awards provide up to $15,000 over 10 months.

Important Dates

The following dates apply to the most recent solicitation:

  • Award Duration:  Ten (10) months
  • Monetary Award Amount:  Up to $15,000
  • Number of Awards: A minimum of one (1) will be funded, with the possibility of funding an additional meritorious application depending on availability of funds.
  • Application Deadline: Wednesday, April 24, 2024, 5:00 p.m.
  • Award Notification: June 19, 2024
  • Earliest Start Date: August 1, 2024
  • End Date: May 31, 2025 (all project activities and spending must be completed by this date – because of fiscal limitations, extensions cannot be granted)


If you have questions regarding this RFA, please Laura Sugarwala,, (717) 283-7443.


Please check back for future opportunities to apply.

Scholars and Projects

Current Projects

Spreading the Joy of Literacy: A Community-Based Survey for Parents by Parents
Kelly McDermott, Health Project Coordinator for Pediatrics, Candace Cabral, member of the New York State Childhood Poverty Advisory Council, and Andrew Aligne, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Community and Preventative Medicine.

Past Projects

Youth Champions of Community Health and Wellness
Sandra Jee, M.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Pediatrics at URMC and Christopher Rush, Executive Director of Champion Academy

Promoting Healthy Eating in Farmworker Families: A Community-based Research Collaboration
Karen F. Stein, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Ruth Miller Brody and Bernard Brody Endowed Professor of Nursing at the University of Rochester School of Nursing

Collaborating with Caregivers: Factors that Influence the Decision to Begin Mental Health Treatment for Children in Urban Communities
Aparajita “Tuma” Kuriyan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychiatry at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Alicia Evans, Independent Community Consultant with LeGray Dynamic
Carlos Santana, Community Organizer for Action for a Better Community, Inc.

The Prevalence of Loneliness in Minority Communities with Chronic Medical Conditions
Allen Anandarajah, M.D., Associate Professor of Allergy, Immunology & Rheumatology at the University of Rochester Medical Center
Nancy Shelton, Senior Consultant of Cultural Competence and Health Equity at Coordinated Care Services, Inc.
Angela Wollschlager, Community Outreach Project Lead and Patient Engagement Specialist at Medical Solutions, Inc.

Faith-based Interventions to Support Health-Promoting Behaviors and Reduce Overweight and Obesity Rates in African American Families
Ruth Brook Wards, Aenon Baptist Church
Kaydean Harris, RN, Doctor of Nursing Practice Student in the University of Rochester School of Nursing

Growing a Healthy Community: Families Co-Constructing Community Spaces and Sustainable Access to Fresh Food
Joyce Duckles, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Counseling & Human Development at the University of Rochester Warner School of Education
George Moses, Chair of the Rochester Housing Authority

Community centered prenatal oral health program
Jin Xiao, D.D.S., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Dentistry
Sherita Bullock, Executive Director of the Healthy Baby Network

Many members, one body: Integrating systems in mental health and self-injury resilience
Ann Marie White, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health Sciences
Silvia Sörensen, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Ophthalmology
Phyllis Jackson, R.N., Project Manager of Community Wellness at Common Ground Health