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The mission of the MW CTR-IN Program is to increase and enhance clinical and translational research capacity and facilitate extramural funding success among investigators with faculty appointments at the 13 MW university partners. In the past eight years, the MW CTR-IN Program has provided more than $7.5M in pilot grant funding to over 100 investigators at our partner universities.


Full description: Community Engaged Research Grant FOA

Important Dates and Deadlines 

October 11 5:00 pm Notify OSP intent to submit.  Please include project title.
November 1    5:00 pm MW CTR-IN Pilot Grant pre-proposal to Sponsored Programs submission portal
November 21   Proposal selection and PI notification
December 6   Proposal submitted to MW CTR-IN


Please submit your LOI here.

COMMUNITY ENGAGED RESEARCH GRANT application submission portal

Please submit your application here.

Purpose. n the past ten years, CTR-IN has funded several community-engaged research pilot projects. The purpose of this funding opportunity is to increase the number of community-engaged pilot projects across the CTR-IN network. This funding opportunity is particularly directed towards faculty  who have already established relationships with community partners to engage in research with those communities. The goal of this community-engaged research pilot project is to generate key preliminary data and evidence of robust community-engaged research to support and inform a competitive “R-level” grant application to NIH or other extramural funding sources. Projects must involve community-engaged human subjects research; we do not support pre-clinical research. 

Webinar. We will have a webinar for details about this year’s funding mechanisms. The live webinar will be held on October 5th at 2:00 PM Mountain Time. The link to join the webinar is:


If you can not join the webinar live, but would like to view the webinar, you can access the recording here:


Programmatic Priorities. Working in conjunction with our two Regional Community Advisory Boards
(CABs) representing all six Mountain West states, we solicited input on funding priorities for the communities we serve. The following specific themes were consistently identified across all CABs:

  • Childhood obesity and metabolic conditions including diabetes and other related factors of food security, food sovereignty, and healthy food access.
  • Opioid and other substance abuse, mental health / suicide prevention and psycho-social trauma.
  • COVID-19, including impacts to healthcare access, associated influences on mental health, and disproportionate impacts to vulnerable populations.

We recognize that the above areas of health disparities research do not capture all important health priorities in all of the communities that we serve, and our funding determinations are not limited to these above topics. Research must include a focus on one or more NIH-designated populations who experience health disparities in the United States, which include racial and ethnic minority groups (Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians and Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders), socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, sexual and gender minorities, and underserved rural populations. We also anticipate that these programmatic priorities will be revised and updated in forthcoming years as we continue to receive input from our regional stakeholders. All applications will undergo the same scientific merit review per standard NIH procedures, regardless of the topic area.

Principal Investigator (PI) Eligibility. The PI must 1) have a faculty-level appointment with a minimum of 0.5 FTE support at a participating CTR-IN Institution; 2) be eligible to submit extramural grant applications from their institution as a PI; and 3) have  an established community partnership that is focused on the pilot project topic. The PI must devote at least 20% effort (2.4 person months) to the project. Prior CTR-IN awardees are eligible to apply, but they must be in good standing (i.e., submission of requested progress reports and updates). Per IDeA program policy, an awardee may not concurrently receive funding for their research program through other IDeA mechanisms (e.g., CTR, COBRE or INBRE). 

Direct Costs: $60,000


STEP ONE - Limited competition nomination of applicants from eligible institutions:

Applicants must be nominated by their institution and subsequently invited by MW CTR-IN Program to submit a full application. Potential applicants must contact their local MW CTR-IN Concierge (Mary van Muelken (vanmmary@isu.edu 208.282.1171 or Steve Wright wrigstep@isu.edu 208.282.2593) for instructions on the internal nominating process. Each partner institution may nominate up to a maximum of five applicants.

Nominating Packets must include the following for each applicant:

  • An NIH format Biographical Sketch for the proposed PI.
  • An NIH format Other Support document for the proposed PI.
  • A summary of the proposed research of not more than one page with sufficient detail to establish that the research is clinical or translational.  Format:  Title, Specific Aims, Research Strategy (include Significance, Innovation, and Approach). Header: PI’s name and contact information. Margins: half inch or greater. Font: 11 point Arial.
  • References (optional and does not count toward one-page summary)
  • A letter of support signed by an appropriate institutional official committing to provide support for half of the requested PI effort if the CTR-IN Pilot Grant is awarded.
  • A letter of support from the community partner demonstrating an established relationship with the PI. The community partner must have worked directly and regularly with the participating community.

Eligible Mountain West CTR-IN Institutions:

Boise State University University of Alaska, Fairbanks University of Nevada Las Vegas
Idaho State University University of Wyoming University of Nevada Reno
Montana State University University of Idaho  
New Mexico State University University of Montana  
University of Alaska, Anchorage University of New Mexico HSC