Community-engaged Research


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.

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.

Get funded

CTSI offers grants for community-University partnerships that address important Minnesota health issues:

Contact us

Melissa Hansen
Research Navigator
612-625-CTSI (2874)

Deb Hendricks
Assistant Director of Community-engaged Research Programs

Grantee spotlight

Grantee spotlight: Aaron KellyCTSI pilot grant helps lead to millions in funding for University-Children's research team

Our impact

Community-University research teams supported by CTSI are making a difference with their research, from influencing public policy to garnering coverage in high-profile media outlets