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Funding Opportunities

Research With and About Community Engagement

The Research With and About Community Engagement funding opportunity will support original research aimed at empirically exploring the impact that community engagement is making within communities. The Research With and About Community Engagement seeks to fund two types of research projects looking to: 

  1. Assess the impact of community engagement on student learning and/or educational persistence; or
  2. Shed light on ways to implement and measure the use and/or impact of critical community engagement; or 
  3. Are focused on a topic of concern as determined by the community. 

Funded research will support Community-Engaged Alliance's goal to “increase rigorous and deep assessment…of community engagement’s collective impact on the challenges facing Indiana” and beyond. 

 The overall goals of the program include: 

  • Increase the amount of original research examining the impact of all forms community engagement on student learning across Indiana. 
  • Increase the development of practical tools that can be utilized in critical forms of community engagement.  
  • Increase the amount of original research documenting the collective impact of community engagement practices on the challenges facing Indiana. 
  • Increase the number of community-campus partnerships that result in the creation of new knowledge. 
  • Increase the number of published research outputs, traditional and non-traditional, that document research on community-engaged and/or community-based teaching and learning practices and their connection to institutional change and/or student success. 

2023-2024 Request for Proposals Available Now!

Funding Award
$7,000

Required Institutional Match
$1,750

Who Should Apply:

Research teams made up of any combination of campus constituents along with community representatives are encouraged to apply. Eligible campus members include: 

EXECUTIVE AND SENIOR ADMINISTRATORS

FACULTY employed at the institution a minimum of 50% FTE

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROFESSIONALS who are employed at the institution a minimum of 50% FTE

DOCTORAL STUDENTS looking to support their dissertation research

Application Deadlines & Project Timelines

Proposals are accepted quarterly on the 3rd Monday of each month in March, June, September and December 2023.

Project timelines are determined by the PIs and last between 15 and 20 months.

Submission Process

Applicants are responsible for proper routing and approval by their institution prior to submission. Detailed instructions on the submission process can be found in the request for proposal of each grant.

Review the Grant Terms and Conditions for further information.

Looking for Assistance?

Contact us to learn more or to discuss grant ideas. Our partners get the benefit of our team's expertise in navigating the grant application process, every step of the way.

Recently Funded Projects

RWACE Mary Price
Saint Mary’s College researcher receives grant to study how peer observation affects faculty attitudes toward inclusive teaching

Marjorie Schaeffer, assistant professor of psychology at Saint Mary’s College, was awarded a grant worth $5,000 through the Research With and About Community Engagement program from Indiana Campus Compact, a partnership of higher education institutions that prepares college students to advance the public good. Schaeffer and a group of researchers will collaborate on a project titled “Cultivating a Social-Change Orientation Among Faculty Across Campus.”

RWACE Mary Price
IUPUI Researcher Receives Grant To Examine The Transformational Potential of Community-Campus Partnerships

Mary F. Price, director of faculty development at the IUPUI Center for Service and Learning, was awarded a $5,000 grant from Indiana Campus Compact, a partnership of higher education institutions that prepares college students to advance the public good. Through the grant program, titled Research With and About Community Engagement, Price and a team of researchers will build on a decade’s worth of practitioner-scholarship to conceptualize, evaluate, and document the transformational potential of community-campus partnerships.

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Additional Documents

Sample Reporting Guidelines

The Sample Reporting Guidelines are provided as a reference. Those who have received funding should refer to the individualized Reporting Guidelines provided with their funding notification. Contact us if you require another copy of your individualized Reporting Guidelines.