Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Measures Program Partnership Development Award

Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) supports research projects that address community health needs as identified by local community health needs reports. Through the Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Measures Program (CHAMP), CCaTS funds research projects across all stages of the clinical and translational science spectrum that address a community health need.

In 2019, CHAMP expanded to support community partnership capacity-building and research partnership development. The goal of the CHAMP Partnership Development Award is to support partnership activities needed for research engagement.

The CHAMP Partnership Development Award supports one-year projects in which research teams work in tandem with CCaTS' Community Engagement in Research Program to help with partnership identification, development, project planning or a combination thereof.

CHAMP Partnership Development Awards are intended for investigative teams that are looking to translate existing work to the community or looking to build new research relationships. Research teams must have a clear idea of the type of stakeholders and research partners they would like to develop and community health need(s) to be addressed.

The goal is that by the end of the one-year project period, the community-academic research team would be ready to submit the project for funding either through the CHAMP Research Award, another institutional research award or extramurally.

Community health needs assessment

Community health needs assessment (CHNA) reports are available from Mayo Clinic Community Engagement for all communities in which Mayo Clinic operates.

CHAMP recognizes key priorities that have been identified by the local communities. Individuals are encouraged to review the specific reports for more detailed information.


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.


CHAMP Partnership Development Awards support $10,000 in direct costs, plus 30% indirect costs, for partnership-related expenses. A portion of funds may be directed toward community collaborators if appropriate and justified. Travel to attend community meetings is an allowable expense.

The protocol duration is one year; no-cost extensions are considered only for compelling reasons.

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


  • Application deadline: April 29, 2020, 5 p.m. Central time
  • Award activation period: July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021

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 description of how the $10,000 would be used toward partnership development
  • Letter of support (if applicable) if work is already being done with a community-engaged stakeholder (encouraged but not required)

Review criteria

CCaTS applies the following criteria when reviewing applications for the CHAMPS Partnership Development Award:

  • Alignment with needs identified and prioritized by local community health needs reports
  • 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
  • Existing partnership or potential for partnership with community collaborators


At the conclusion of the first year, a progress report should be prepared that clearly describes the 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.