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

The purposes of the grants are to foster faculty-student-community partnerships that: 

  • Result in measurable, positive impact in the South Bend area;
  • Reflect the investment of both faculty and community partner expertise in the local community; and
  • Offer students community-based learning opportunities that promote civic responsibility.

When the grant recipient is announced, the partnership will receive up to $6,000 to cover costs associated with the project, to be kept in the faculty partner's account. The remaining $1,000 will be similarly awarded within three years of the first part of the grant disbursement if the partnership can show: (1) evidence of the positive impact the partnership has had locally, and (2) a refereed publication, or other work considered of high merit in the faculty member’s field, or a presentation at a national or regional conference.

The Center for Social Concerns is currently accepting proposals for the 2016 Collaborative Community-Based Research Seed Grants and Ganey Graduate Student Community-Based Research Stipend.

Ganey Graduate Student Community-Based Research Stipend

Proposals are sought specifically for projects facilitated by graduate students. Proposals will follow the same criteria as for other Seed Grants except there will be no need to provide a budget for the proposed project as funds granted will go to the income of the graduate student project facilitator in the amount of $3,000.

Community-Based Research Seed Grant Application Consultation 

Faculty, area community members, and students are encouraged to request a consultation with the grants administrator, Danielle Wood to assist them in the proposal development process. Consultations can provide an overview of grant requirements, tips on writing strong proposals, and/or feedback on your specific project.

Guidelines and Requirements

Proposal application deadline: Monday, January 11, 2016