Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Measures Program

The Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) supports research projects that address community health priorities.

Requests for applications have been issued for the following Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Program (CHAMP) awards:

  • CHAMP Research Awards. CHAMP Research Awards support research projects that include partnership with community partners to address health priorities. Awards cover up to $50,000 direct costs plus indirect costs. Eligibility, funding and application information for CHAMP Research Awards is provided below.
  • CHAMP Partnership Awards. CHAMP Partnership Awards support community-academic partnership development aimed at conducting research to address community health priorities. Awards up to $15,000 direct costs plus indirect costs are provided. Learn more about the CHAMP Partnership Award.

Projects at all stages of the clinical and translational science spectrum are encouraged.

Research projects should engage stakeholders such as community or patient representatives as partners in all phases of the research, including dissemination and implementation. Projects are encouraged to utilize the Community Engagement Studios to further community engagement in the project. 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 should directly involve work in the community and include community partners. Examples include proposals involving:

  • Developing new and sustainable community health interventions with community partners.
  • Implementing and disseminating new tools and programs of proven efficacy.
  • Addressing barriers to implementation of effective therapies among groups affected by health inequities.

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.

Identify community priorities

Project should address a community priority and provide evidence that the priority was identified by the community. Methods for determining community priorities include:

  • Compiling preliminary data from past or current partnership work.
  • Convening community experts in a Community Engagement Studio.
  • Connecting with site-based Offices of Community Engagement.
  • Meeting with site-based community outreach and engagement teams via a Community-Engaged Research Program consultation.

Past 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.


  • All Mayo investigators from any Mayo Clinic campus with an M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral-level degree 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 $50,000 in direct costs plus indirect costs for study-related expenses, including the investigator's effort of up to 10%. A portion of funds must be directed toward community collaborators.

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.

Application information


  • Full application deadline: July 19, 2023, 11:59 p.m. Central time
  • Award activation period: October 1, 2023, through September 30, 2024

Application requirements

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:

  • Biosketches for faculty team members using the new biosketch format from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
  • Brief budget justification.
  • Letter(s) of support from community collaborators.

Review criteria

CCaTS applies the following criteria when reviewing applications for the CHAMP Research Award:

  • Details of partnership development processes to promote sustainability of the working relationship. This can be done in collaboration with the CCaTS community-engaged research staff.
  • Utilization of existing resources and expertise from community and academic partners.
  • Alignment with community health priorities.
  • Potential for the partnership to be competitive for future extramural support.
  • Innovation.
  • Feasibility within the time and budget proposed.
  • Qualifications of the applicants.

Prior approval for research involving human participants

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. CCaTS staff members guide awardees through the process and provide assistance.


At the conclusion of the funding period, 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.


Application questions

Scientific questions