Community Health: Assessment and Improvement Measures Program Partnership Development Award

The goal of the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science (CCaTS) CHAMP Partnership Development Award is to support community-academic partnership activities needed for research engagement.

The CHAMP Partnership Development Award supports one-year projects in which community partners or research teams work in tandem with CCaTS' Community Engagement in Research Program to help with partnership identification, development, project planning or a combination thereof. Applications may be submitted by community partners, such as community-based organizations and patient advocacy groups, or by academic partners (Mayo Clinic researchers).

CHAMP Partnership Development Awards are intended for community partners who would like to build partnerships with Mayo Clinic researchers to address health priorities or Mayo Clinic research 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 community partners they would like to develop and the community health priority 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.

Identify community priorities

The project should address a community priority and provide evidence that the priority was identified by the community. There are several methods for determining community priorities:

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.


Applications must include a community-based group and an academic partnership. The primary applicant may be the community partner (community-based organization, patient advocacy group, and so forth) or Mayo Clinic researcher. All Mayo Clinic investigators from any Mayo Clinic campus with an M.D., Ph.D. or other doctoral-level degree are eligible for this award. Research scientists, research fellows, research associates and others 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 up to $15,000 in direct costs, plus 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 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


  • 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 YourCause Grants Platform.

Applicants are required to include:

  • Letter(s) of support: Applications initiated by a community partner should include a letter of support from the Mayo Clinic academic partner(s). Applications initiated by a Mayo Clinic academic partner must include a letter of support from community partner(s).

Review criteria

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

  • Details of partnership development processes to promote sustainability of the working relationship (this can be done in collaboration with 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


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.


Application questions

Scientific questions