The Campus-Community Partnership Support Program promotes partnership building between community practitioners/leaders and NAU researchers
Developing new partnerships requires time to discuss common interests and develop collaborative ideas and, in some cases, money to allow potential partners to meet face-to-face or attend a conference together. The Community Campus Partnership Support (CCPS) Program was created to help fund partnership building activities. Administered by SHERC’s Community Engagement Core, CCPS is grounded in principles of community based participatory research that engage community leaders and members throughout the research process.
Since the first round of CCPS projects in 2018, CEC has supported just under 30 campus-community partnerships. Collaborations have included a wide range of organizations working in areas like school nutrition, suicide prevention, and human trafficking. Partnerships have also engaged several Tribal nations and organizations including the Cocopah Tribe, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Navajo Department of Health, Dine’ Bi’ Olta School Board Association, and Chinle Comprehensive Health Care Facility.
-CCPS Lead Investigator
Publications, Presentations, and Grants Accordion Closed
Teams from 2018-2022 submitted 14 grant proposals, published 3 manuscripts, presented at 3 national or state conferences, organized 4 stakeholder meetings, and entered into 1 university/Tribal nation data agreement.
One CCPS funded project led to the next step in research partnership, a submission of SHERC-funded Pilot Project Program, which provides support for early stage investigators and underrepresented faculty to generate preliminary data that increases their competitiveness for for NIH and other external health and health equity-related research funding. Three additional CCPS partnerships were funded by external grants.
NAU Department Representation Accordion Closed
Previous academic partners have come from a wide range of departments and programs, including:
- Biological Sciences
- Chemistry and Biochemistry
- Community Health Mentor Program
- Criminology and Criminal Justice
- Educational Leadership
- Occupational Therapy
- Pathogen and Microbiome Institute
- Physical Therapy and Athletic Training
- Social Work
- Sustainable Communities Program
CCPS Recipient Success Stats
81%of researchers were early stage investigators
68%of teams continued to work together after their project funding ended
75%of teams agreed that their CCPS project helped build capacity to engage in health equity research together
(Funding Rounds 1-8)
CCPS Funding Opportunity
Cohort Format and Focus on Community Based Participatory Research
CCPS is a cohort-style program where teams of community and university participants interact with and learn from each other. Partners attend three workshops throughout the program to develop their skills in community based participatory research (CBPR). CBPR is a useful framework for increasing health equity because of its collaborative nature that encourages dialogue and action between researchers and community members. Workshops topics have included:
- Strong Foundations in Community Based Participatory Research (CBPR)
- Developing CBPR Research Questions and Designing a CBPR Project
- CBPR Proposal Development and Sharing Back
Program facilitators also support participants in creating a plan to identify next steps for developing the partnership. Participants are encouraged to submit a proposal to SHERC’s Pilot Project Program or other non-SHERC funding opportunity.
CCPS welcomes faculty from all fields and community partners from any focus area or organization size. Applicants are required to apply as a team. NAU investigators must be a Professor (tenure eligible), Research Professor, Clinical Professor, Teaching Professor, Professor of Practice, Lecturer, or Postdoctoral Scholar. Community partners must have held their current position for at least one year. All applications should demonstrate a connection to health equity.
CCPS Information Session
The Community Engagement Core will hold an informational meeting prior to the next funding application cycle. See the Resources section on this page for a presentation and recording of a previous information session.
Program participants are awarded $5000 for twelve months to engage in partnership building activities, which include small scale meetings and events that bring communities and researchers together over time.
Funds from CCPS can be used for:
- Supplies and space for community forums/discussions/workshops
- Travel expenses for partners to meet in person and with other key stakeholders
- Conference attendance for partners
- Other partnership-focused activities that are pre-approved by the CCPS program facilitators
Please note that CCPS is NOT a research grant. CCPS-funded partnerships are meant to lay the groundwork for establishing community-based projects in the future.
View a sample Funding Announcement from 2023. Partners should prepare the following documents prior to submitting their application: Prepare a two-page proposal (Arial 11pt font, ½” margins, single space) describing the following areas of collaboration: Using the downloadable Budget Template, identify how the partners will use the funds. Budget is not included in the proposal page limit. Ready to apply? Submit all materials here:
Funded Partnerships 2018–2023
View a sample Funding Announcement from 2023.
Partners should prepare the following documents prior to submitting their application:
Prepare a two-page proposal (Arial 11pt font, ½” margins, single space) describing the following areas of collaboration:
Using the downloadable Budget Template, identify how the partners will use the funds. Budget is not included in the proposal page limit.
Ready to apply? Submit all materials here: