Community Research Collaboration Awards Technical Assistance

Are you curious about how community members and researchers can form teams, receive funding, and conduct breast cancer research together? Have you already formed a team, but have questions about applying for funding?

Community Research Collaboration awards (CRC) provide $150,000 to $600,000 of funding (plus indirect funds for most institutions) to support a research partnership between community organizations/members and experienced, traditional researchers that answers questions important to the community. Application success rates have historically been high, ranging from 19% to 43%. Past CRC Awards have funded research topics from the fields of:

The deadline for submitting a CRC application is December 2, 2013, but you should begin finding a partner, forming your team, discussing research ideas and methodology, and getting prepared to apply now.

The CBCRP is offering three ways to get advice and information how to get your community-based participatory research project off the ground and funded.

One-on-One Technical Assistance

The CBCRP is giving FREE one-on-one technical assistance to help prepare for applying to the Community Research Collaboration (CRC) awards.

If you need help finding a partner, have a partner and want to talk through your research ideas or partnership plan, or have any other question about applying for the CRC awards, contact Senaida Fernandez, Ph.D. at (510) 987-0491 or to request technical assistance. Marj Plumb, Dr.P.H., MNA, a specialist in community-based participatory research will also be available.

Pre-Application Research Plan Review

You have the opportunity to get your research plans critiqued by active community-based participatory researchers before submitting your formal application. This process can be helpful for learning whether your research idea or partnership structure is on the right track. In the pre-application research plan review process, experienced CBCRP CRC review committee reviewers will evaluate your research plan for research quality, feasibility, partnership and community benefit. You can then talk with CBCRP staff about the feedback you receive and get additional technical assistance as you put your grant application together.

Research Plan submission: September 5, 2013
Critiques returned to applicants: October 18, 2013
Full application submission deadline: December 2, 2013

Submission guidelines and procedure:

Please note: The critiques should be taken as technical advice only and will not be considered in the formal review of the application.


The CBCRP will offer free "How to Apply" web-teleconference seminars (webinars) in Fall/Winter 2012. Join us from the comfort of your desk for engaging discussions on getting started, navigating the application materials, and walking through the online submission process. The seminars will be archived on the website, but you are encouraged to sign up and participate in the LIVE session.

For more information about each session, including the latest update on how to register for the next webinar, and to access the archived sessions, visit our Workshop page.