CTSI releases RFA for collaborative child health research projects

Published by CTSI on September 27, 2018

CTSI, in partnership with the University’s Department of Pediatrics and Children’s Minnesota, is now accepting applications for its third cycle of the Child Health Collaborative Grant Program, which supports a collaborative project that addresses an important and unmet child health issue within Minnesota communities.

One project will be awarded up to $200,000 over two years to support engaged scholarship that is co-developed by Children’s Minnesota and the University of Minnesota’s Department of Pediatrics.

Child being examined by doctorCollaboratively developed research

The collaboration must involve at least two co-Principal Investigators: One from Children’s Minnesota, and an investigator from any campus across the University of Minnesota. Applications must include a co-investigator based in the U of M’s Department of Pediatrics with active engagement on the proposed project, if one of the co-PIs is not a full-time investigator based in the department. Review the RFA for additional requirements for collaborators.

Applications that generate new partnerships are strongly encouraged, including involvement of investigators from Hennepin Healthcare, Gillette Children’s Specialty Health Care, HealthPartners, and public health agencies. Junior investigators are also encouraged to apply.

Improving child health outcomes

The program’s long-term goal is innovation that connects the development of evidence-based health improvement strategies with the translation of those strategies into improved health outcomes for child and adolescent populations throughout Minnesota and the nation.

Proposals should represent novel, high-impact research or inquiry into issues that affect child or adolescent health. Funded projects should outline the potential for developing into long-term research and evaluation projects that will attract larger grants from NIH or other federal, state, or private funding agencies.

Proposals should build on existing institutional strengths and identify opportunities for further engagement. Projects that propose to examine community health and impact in any of the following four high priority areas are encouraged:

  • Childhood mental health/behavioral health/substance abuse
  • Health disparities and health equity
  • Community population health (including rural health)
  • Social determinants of health (e.g., homelessness, food insecurity, transportation, language barrier, violence)

Applying for funding

Letters of Intent are due by 5pm, Nov. 30, 2018, and up to 10 proposals will be invited to submit full proposals by 5pm, January 4, 2019. The selected project will begin February 15, 2019.

Review the RFA and previously funded projects on CTSI’s website, or contact CTSI’s Child Health Champion Mark R. Schleiss, MD, for additional information to create a successful proposal.

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