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. Also peruse the University of Minnesota's Community-Engaged Scholar Directory.
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.
Consult with an expert
Get insights from experts in your topic area, guidance on strategies, proposals, and protocols, and access to population-based datasets.
Receive community input
Request to hold a Community Engagement (CE) Studio on your specific health research topic. These structured guidance sessions give Minnesotans a meaningful way to contribute to research, while arming investigators with powerful insights that can inform their studies.
CTSI offers grants for community-University partnerships that stimulate new research in the area of community and population health:
- Programs for University of Minnesota researchers that address important Minnesota health issues
- Programs for Minnesota community members and community organizations interested in developing ideas and partnerships to address health in Minnesota communities
- Biomedical Informatics and Data Access
- Biospecimen Support
- Biostatistical Support
- Budgets and Finances
- Community-engaged Research
- Multi-site Study Support
- Recruitment Support
- Regulatory Support
- Study Start-up Guidance
- Translational Research Support