ITHS is announcing Academic/Community Partnership Research Awards to encourage the development and support of collaborations between academic and community investigators. The proposed work should focus on a problem, issue, or intervention important to the community. Projects could investigate a community-based health problem, disseminate evidence-based health innovations into practice, target health promotion/prevention, or examine ways to enhance or implement sustainable health programs in community settings. This pilot award will provide up to $20,000 in total costs for 1 year. Special consideration will be given to teams which acquire matching funds to support their project.
Examples of previously-funded projects include:
Tulalip Tribe and Montana State University investigators: Dissemination of an outreach and education instrument concerning chronic respiratory disease and woodstove use in tribal households.
Yakima Valley Farm Workers Clinic and University of Washington investigators: Impact of the patient centered medical home on health outcomes of low income patients with diabetes.
The following key dates apply to this funding opportunity:
Applications are investigator-initiated grants with community partners as co-investigators or subcontractors. Faculty members at ITHS Partner Institutions, including the University of Washington, Fred Hutch, Seattle Children’s, and other collaborating institutions affiliated with ITHS in the WWAMI region (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana, Idaho) are eligible to apply for this pilot award. Collaborations may extend outside the WWAMI region; however, funds may not be transferred outside the United States.
All Investigators on the research team must be ITHS Members to apply. To become a member, please complete the ITHS Membership Form.
The application must be submitted through the ITHS website.
Applications will follow National Institutes of Health (NIH) formatting guidelines (see FAQ) and include:121 KB1) Cover Page – Academic/Community Partnership Research Awards
ITHS is funded through a CTSA grant from NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS). NCATS recently instituted a new policy requiring the review and approval of all pilot grants involving human subjects research prior to funds being released. Therefore, if your proposal is selected for funding and involves human subjects research, additional documentation is required to send to NCATS. The NCATS review can occur concurrently with the IRB review; however, final NCATS approval is contingent upon IRB approval.
Applicant institutions must use a rate no higher than the approved, federally recognized indirect cost rate negotiated between the applicant institution and the federal government. ITHS would like to maximize funds to directly support the investigator’s research and encourages investigators to work with their Office of Sponsored Programs to obtain a waiver to reduce indirect costs on the project.
The Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and Seattle Children’s have agreed to consider requests for indirect cost waivers for ITHS pilot awards from their faculty. ITHS members whose research program are based at Fred Hutch or Seattle Children’s and who wish to apply for ITHS pilot awards are required to go through the standard institutional procedure for requesting a waiver of facilities and administrative (F&A) costs.
No. A reviewer may come from any academic institution, community-based organization, or industry leader. A general note about conflict of interest: A reviewer would have a conflict of interest if they are the applicant’s mentor, department chair, spouse, or close relative; or if they currently work together on manuscripts, grants, community-based work, or business ventures. Simply being in the same department or Division is not, in and of itself, a conflict of interest.
No, this is an internal grant and does not need to be routed through OSP and does not require an eGC1.
Figures DO count toward the 2-page limit, but references can be in addition to the 2-page Research Plan.
Figures DO count toward the page limit but references can be in addition to the 2-page Research Plan.
Applications will follow National Institutes of Health (NIH) formatting guidelines (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/how-to-apply-application-guide/format-and-write/format-attachments.htm), including the following:
No, only faculty-level investigators are eligible to apply as the main, or Contact PI.
Yes, however the main, or Contact PI must be a faculty member at an academic institution.
The ITHS has established relationships with the following community-based groups:
For more information, contact Laurie Hassell.
ITHS requires the applicant to designate one of the Program Director/Principal Investigator (PD/PI)(s) as the Contact PD/PI. This person is responsible for communication between the PD/PIs and ITHS, but has no special authorities or responsibilities within the project team. In many ways, a contact PD/PI is analogous to a corresponding author on a publication. The Contact PD/PI must serve as a member of the PD/PI team and must meet all eligibility requirements for PD/PI status. In those projects where there is an identified project coordinator, the coordinator could serve as Contact PD/PI or that role could be assigned to another PD/PI. Note that the Contact PD/PI must be associated with the applicant/awarde institution.
ITHS will follow NIH Policy: Each PD/PI must have measurable effort (greater than zero), and the level of effort must be adequate to achieve the proposed goals. The PD/PI and other individuals who contribute to the scientific development or execution of a project in a substantive, measurable way, whether or not they receive salaries or compensation under the grant. Typically these individuals have doctoral or other professional degrees, although individuals at the masters or baccalaureate level may be considered senior/key personnel if their involvement meets this definition. Consultants and those with a postdoctoral role also may be considered senior/key personnel if they meet this definition. Senior/key personnel must devote measurable effort to the project whether or not salaries or compensation are requested. “Zero percent” effort or “as needed” are not acceptable levels of involvement for those designated as Senior/Key Personnel.
Yes, you may have more than 2 PIs, however 1 person will be identified as the Contact PI for administrative purposes.
Yes, previous ITHS awardees are eligible to receive additional funding.
Yes, these funds come from the NIH through the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) and so the NIH salary cap does apply for all PDs/PIs and key personnel funded by the award.
No, funds cannot be dispersed until IRB/IACUC approval is confirmed. Applicants will have the opportunity to provide Just-in-Time approvals prior to the start date.
To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Bonnie J. Berry, PhD, via the following form.