With distinction as leading institution for engaged scholarship, Tulane has many opportunities for faculty to apply expertise from all disciplines to solving real community issues. By forging campus-community partnerships and leveraging resources, we fulfill the civic purposes of education and explore new avenues for research and publication. Engaged faculty "practice principles of inclusion, equity, co-generation of knowledge, and action." (Cunningham and McKinney, 2010).
In this section, interested faculty can learn about the grant opportunities available through the Center for Public Service: CBR and CBPR (more information below) as well as how to receive the Center's support for national grant applications such as the NSF or NIH.
An essential contribution provided by an academic institution is the gathering and dissemination of information within local, regional, national, and international communities. Catalyzed by Tulane's renewed commitment to local and regional neighbors, the following grant programs provide Tulane faculty members with financial resources required to conduct research that advances Tulane's research and civic agendas in the context of contemporary New Orleans. The center's goal is to support faculty members currently engaged in or planning community-based research, while further promoting collaboration between the greater New Orleans community and Tulane University by institutionalizing engaged teaching, learning, and research at Tulane.
Please click on the titles of each program to learn more.
The Center for Public Service awards funding to support faculty conducting community-based research. CPS defines community-based research as collaborative, change-oriented research that engages faculty members, students, and community members in projects that address community needs.
The Center for Public Service (CPS) awards funding to support our community partner organizations in their efforts to research topics of importance in the community with the aim of creating knowledge that "contributes to making a concrete and constructive difference in the world." CPS defines Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) as a collaborative approach to research that promotes positive change with and within the community. It involves an equitable relationship between community organizations and university researchers that is reflected in all levels of project design and dissemination.
Improving public health often entails moving beyond the conventional health care system to include integrated and innovative approaches. Community-based participatory research has emerged as an alternative research paradigm which integrates education and social action to improve health and deepen the scientific base of knowledge in the areas of health promotion, disease prevention, and health disparities. It is regarded as an effective method for transferring evidence-based research from clinical settings to communities that can most benefit thereby improving health. Increasingly, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is identifying community engagement in research as central to increasing public trust in and support for research, overcoming the barriers of translating research from “bench to bedside to community” and addressing our nation’s most pressing health concerns.
Please look over the NIH’s Community-based participatory research (CBPR) website for more information on previous grant recipients and possible support for future endeavors. Additionally, The Principles of Community Engagement is published in collaboration with The Center for Disease Control and is a great resource for community engagement in the health sciences.
The NSF's "broader impacts" criterion stands side-by-side with its "intellectual merit" criterion as the two most essential foundations for review of all proposals for research funding.
The Broader Impacts Criterion ("BIC") addresses the larger societal context of the research, e.g., the recruitment and training of researchers, dissemination of research findings, useful applications, and educational outreach to K-12, undergraduate, and the public.
The Center for Public Service can provide assistance to faculty members seeking grant funds that require a broader impacts or education and outreach component. We can provide specific terminology to use, give feedback on ideas, help find specific community partner/audience, or write letters of support. In addition, A Guide for Principle Investigators at Tulane University is available via PowerPoint.
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The following links are available as an additional resource for faculty interested in community engaged scholarship.
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