The Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) supports research projects that address community health needs as identified by local community health needs reports.
Requests for applications have been issued for the following Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Program (CHAMP) awards:
Projects at all stages of the clinical and translational science spectrum are encouraged.
Research projects focused on basic lab discoveries that address a community health need are particularly encouraged, as are those that engage stakeholders such as community or patient representatives as partners in all phases of the research, including dissemination and implementation. Such projects should describe how findings will directly lead to improvements in community health. In addition, the potential for future extramural support of further research should be described.
Proposals that directly involve work in the community are specifically encouraged. Examples include proposals involving:
Such projects should describe methods of engaging the community in project design, implementation and dissemination.
Key project goals should include measurable improvements in community health and long-term sustainability — for example, the potential for future extramural support of further research or ongoing implementation.
Community health needs assessment (CHNA) reports are available from Mayo Clinic Community Engagement for all communities in which Mayo Clinic operates. Individuals are encouraged to review the specific reports for more detailed information. Key priorities identified by the local communities include the following:
Olmsted County, Minnesota — 2019 CHNA top health priorities
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona — 2019 CHNA top health priorities
Mayo Clinic Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida — 2019 CHNA top health priorities
Consultants, senior associate consultants and associate consultants from any Mayo Clinic campus are eligible for the CHAMP Research Award.
Research scientists, research fellows and research associates may apply as long as the content of the protocol does not overlap with an application submitted by their supervising principal investigator.
Current CHAMP Research Award holders are not eligible to apply.
CHAMP Research Awards support up to $75,000 in direct costs plus indirect costs for study-related expenses, including the investigator's effort of up to 10%. A portion of funds may be directed toward community collaborators if appropriate and justified.
The protocol duration is one year; no-cost extensions are considered if compelling reasons are approved.
Capital equipment, computers, laptops and other general-purpose equipment are unallowable expenses.
Recipients of grants or awards supported by CCaTS may be asked to review applications for other CCaTS grants.
Completed application packets are submitted through the START application tool (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network). No budget is required at the time of application. Successful applicants will develop budgets after notification of award.
In the attachments, applicants are required to include:
CCaTS applies the following criteria when reviewing applications for the CHAMPS Research Award:
Awardees with projects involving human participants are required to submit information to the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) to obtain prior approval before conducting any activities related to human participants. Documentation includes a human research protections plan. CCaTS staff members guide awardees through the process and provide assistance.
One required document is the Protection of Human Subjects plan. There is no specific page limitation, but it should be succinct. The document should cover the following:
At the conclusion of the first year, a report should be prepared that clearly describes progress that has been made toward achieving the stated aims of the proposal, including all community engagement activities, publications and presentations resulting from this work. Follow-up reports are solicited annually by CCaTS to capture resulting publications and grants.
The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all publications resulting from NIH funding be uploaded to PubMed Central. Recipients of CCaTS awards, including intramurally funded awards, must follow this policy. The Mayo Clinic Public Access Policy intranet site (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network) guides awardees through the process of uploading publications.
Please remember to cite the Mayo Clinic CCaTS in your publication.