Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Measures Program

The Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) will support research projects that address community health needs as identified by local community health needs reports.

Research projects focused on basic lab discoveries that address a community health need, and that engage stakeholders such as community or patient representatives as partners in all phases of the research including dissemination, are especially encouraged. 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 also specifically encouraged. For example, proposals implementing and disseminating new tools and programs of proven efficacy, addressing barriers to implementation of effective therapies, or developing new and sustainable community health interventions. These 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).

Find community health needs assessment (CHNA) reports (PDF) for all local communities in which Mayo Clinic operates. Review specific reports for more detailed information about priorities identified by the communities.

Key priorities identified by the local communities include the following:

Olmsted County 2016 CHNA top health priorities

  1. Injury prevention
  2. Immunizations
  3. Overweight/obesity
  4. Mental health
  5. Financial stress

Mayo Clinic Hospital, Phoenix, Arizona 2016 CHNA top health priorities

  1. Access to care
  2. Cancer
  3. Cardiovascular disease
  4. Chronic disease and risk factors of chronic disease
  5. Homelessness
  6. Neurology
  7. Transplant

Mayo Clinic Hospital, Jacksonville, Florida 2016 CHNA top health priorities

  1. Access to care
  2. Communicable diseases
  3. Diabetes
  4. Health disparities
  5. Maternal and child health
  6. Mental health
  7. Obesity/nutrition/lifestyle
  8. Poverty
  9. Smoking
  10. Transportation


Full applications are due Thursday, June 1, 2017, by 8 a.m. Central time, with funding beginning Nov. 1, 2017.


  • Budget request deadline: May 26, 2017
  • Full application deadline: June 1, 2017, 8 a.m. Central time
  • Award activation period: Nov. 1, 2017-Oct. 31, 2018

Application requirements

Applications are due no later than Thursday, June 1, 2017, at 8 a.m. Central time.

Applicants should submit a complete application packet through the START application tool.

In the attachments, applicants are required to include:

  • Biosketches for faculty team members using the new biosketch format from the National Institutes of Health.
  • A blocked copy of the proposed budget prepared by Sue Rubow. Complete the budget template (doc) and email it to Sue Rubow no later than Friday, May 26, 2017. A budget will be created and sent back to you for review.
  • Brief budget justification.
  • Letter of support (if applicable) if work is done with a community-engaged stakeholder (encouraged).


  • Consultants, senior associate consultants and associate consultants from any Mayo Clinic campus are eligible for this 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 award holders are not eligible to apply.
  • Recipients of CCaTS-supported grant/award(s) may be asked to serve as reviewers for other grant applications from the funding body.


  • Awards of up to $75,000 in direct costs (plus 30 percent indirects) for study-related expenses, including investigator's effort up to 10 percent.
  • A portion of funds may be directed toward community collaborators if appropriate and justified.
  • Protocol duration of one year — a no-cost extension will be considered if compelling reasons are approved.
  • Capital equipment, computers, laptops and other general purpose equipment are unallowable expenses.

Review criteria

  • Alignment with needs identified and prioritized by local community health needs reports (such as the Olmsted County, Minnesota, Community Health Needs Assessment 2013 report)
  • Potential impact on community health
  • Innovation
  • Potential for the project to lead to future extramural support
  • Feasibility within the time and budget proposed
  • Qualifications of the investigators
  • Partnership (if appropriate) with community collaborators


At the conclusion of Year 1, a report should be prepared that clearly describes progress made toward achieving the stated aims of the proposal, including all community engagement activities, publications and presentations resulting from this work. Follow-up reports will be solicited annually by CCaTS to capture resulting publications and grants.

Prior approval for research involving human subjects

Awardees with projects involving human subjects will be required to submit information to the NIH institute funding CCaTS to obtain prior approval before conducting any of activities related to the human subjects. CCaTS staff will guide awardees through the process and provide assistance. One required document is:

  • Protection of Human Subjects Plan. There is no specific page limitation, but it should be succinct. Detailed NIH instructions and a sample can be found under the "Protection of Human Subject subhead in the Strategic Funding Office for Research's Research Grants Templates & Content page (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network).


The NIH Public Access Policy requires that all publications resulting from NIH funding be uploaded to PubMed Central. CCaTS awards, including intramural awards, must follow this policy. The Mayo Clinic Public Access Policy intranet site (must be logged in to the Mayo Clinic network) will guide awardees through the process of uploading publications.

Please remember to cite the Mayo Clinic CTSA grant in your publication:

This publication (or project) was made possible by Mayo Clinic CTSA Grant Number UL1 TR002377 from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS), a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official view of NIH.