Community-Based Research

Community-based research is a collaborative effort between academic researchers and non-academy based community members that aims to generate social action and positive social change through the use of multiple knowledge sources and research methods. Ideally, the research questions originate from off-campus communities and the process involves meaningful participation by all partners in every stage of the research. Our support for this type of scholarship takes several forms.


This award is a $5,000 prize presented annually to a regular faculty member who has completed at least one research project that addresses a need within South Bend or the surrounding area.


Collaborative Community-Based research seed grant

The Center offers a Seed Grant in the amount of $7,000 to support joint faculty-student-community research partnerships addressing a need articulated by the community organization. This grant may support the planning and development of new projects, the expansion of existing ones, or the evaluation of on-going or previously completed projects.