A Community-Academic Partnered Grant Writing Series to Build Infrastructure for Partnered Research

Keyonna M. King, Yvette Janine Pardo, Keith C. Norris, Maria Diaz-Romero, D'Ann Morris, Stefanie D. Vassar, Arleen F. Brown

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Grant writing is an essential skill necessary to secure financial support for community programs and research projects. Increasingly, funding opportunities for translational biomedical research require studies to engage community partners, patients, or other stakeholders in the research process to address their concerns. However, there is little evidence on strategies to prepare teams of academic and community partners to collaborate on grants. This paper presents the description and formative evaluation of a two-part community-academic partnered grant writing series designed to help community organizations and academic institutions build infrastructure for collaborative research projects using a partnered approach. The first phase of the series was a half-day workshop on grant readiness, which was open to all interested community partners. The second phase, open only to community-academic teams that met eligibility criteria, was a 12-week session that covered partnered grant writing for foundation grants and National Institutes of Health grants. Participants in both phases reported an increase in knowledge and self-efficacy for writing partnered proposals. At 1-year follow-up, participants in Phase 2 had secured approximately $1.87 million in funding. This community-academic partnered grant writing series helped participants obtain proposal development skills and helped community-academic teams successfully compete for funding.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)573-578
Number of pages6
JournalClinical and Translational Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Evidence based medicine
  • Outcomes research
  • Structure
  • Translational research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • General Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)


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