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When University and community researchers collaborate, they can improve the quality of their research and ensure it is relevant to the community.
CTSI’s Community Engagement to Advance Research and Community Health (CEARCH) function provides an infrastructure so these groups can work together to address health issues in ways that are truly relevant to the community.
How we can help
Find your team
We can connect University researchers to community collaborators -- such as physicians, clinics, nonprofits, and other community entities -- and help community members find University researchers with complementary skills and expertise. Our team can help facilitate an ongoing, mutually beneficial relationship based on trust and respect.
Consult with an expert
Get insights from experts in your topic area, guidance on strategies, proposals, and protocols, and access to population-based datasets.
Tap into resources
We’ve compiled a variety of free, online resources for community-University research teams, such as best practices, analysis tools, dissemination guidance, training materials, checklists, and guiding principles.
CTSI offers two grants for community-University partnerships that address important Minnesota health issues:
- Community Collaborative Grants, awarded annually to stimulate new research in the area of community and population health.
- Driven to Discover Community Health Research Grants, awarded annually to support research conducted in the U of M’s Driven to Discover Research Building at the Minnesota State Fair.