Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants

Pilot Grants can be done for one-year and are designed to encourage community-initiated research and foster sustainable long-term collaboration between community-based organizations and academic researchers on research projects focused on reducing and eliminating health disparities.

Special thanks to our collaborating partners for this program – ClearWay Minnesota and the University of Minnesota's Masonic Cancer Center and Office of Business and Community Economic Development.  
2014 Pilot Grants Schedule 

April 25: Full research proposals from matched research teams (page limits: 4 page narrative, 25 page proposal) are due by 4:00 p.m. CST. You must use the PHDR Grant Submission System below. Late submissions will not be accepted.

April 28 – May 23: Grants reviewed by committee of community and academic experts

May 26 – June 4: Grants reviewed by Program advisory council members

June 13-30: 2014 Grant awardees announced

Application Materials & Grant Submission System


Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)
2014 Request for Proposals (PDF)

After invitation, submit the full application (due April 25, 2014 at 4:00 p.m. CST)

a) Download the 2014 Application (.DOC) here.
b) Download the 2014 Budget template here (.XLS) here.
c) Email your completed 2014 Application to phdr@umn.edu.  Suggested filename format: [last name community PI]_[last name university PI]_2014 HD pilot grant


Previous Grantees
2013 Grantees 

Culturally Relevant Hunger Relief Services Toolkit
Caitlin Caspi, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Anita Berg, Emergency Foodshelf Network 

Doula Support for Pregnant Jailed Women
Rebecca Shlafer, University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics
Erica Gerrity, Isis Rising

Increasing Knowledge about Hepatitis B in the Minnesota Lao Community
Ruby Nguyen, University of Minnesota School of Public Health
Sunny Chanthanouvong, Lao Assistance Center of Minnesota

Understanding Cigarette Smoking Patterns within the Minnesota Somali Community around Ramadan
Barrett P. Sewali, University of Minnesota Department of Family Medicine and Community Health
Diana Dubois, WellShare International

2012-2011 Grantees


Project HEAR (Health Education and Resources): Cancer Prevention for Black Women
Andre Crockett, Vision Church
Starr Sage, University of Minnesota-Rochester, Center for Learning Innovation

Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of Adolescent Peer-to-peer Health and Wellness Social Media Strategy for the North Minneapolis Program Youth Determined to Succeed
Melvin Anderson, Youth Determined to Succeed
Julia Joseph-Di Caprio, Department of Pediatrics


Addressing Smoking Cessation among Persons with Serious and Persistent Mental Illness
Sally Sales, Spectrum Community Mental Health
Kate Goldade, Department of Family Medicine and Community Health

Culturally Competent Cancer Screening: Utilizing Granular Demographic Data and Point Of Care Provider Educational Interventions to Improve Identification Of and Care for Foreign Born Hepatitis B Carriers
Patricia Walker, HealthPartners Research Foundation
Mohamed Hassan, Department of Medicine

2010-2009 Grantees


Youth Determined to Succeed-University of Minnesota Partnership to Reduce Obesity Among Youth in North Minneapolis
Melvin Anderson, Youth Determined to Succeed
Toben Nelson, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health

Evaluation of Community Health Worker Cancer Screening Referrals in Different Settings
Jose Castellanos, Comunidades Latinas Unidas En Servicio
DeAnn Lazovich, Department of Epidemiology and Community Health

Barriers to Mental Health Care for the Somali Community in Minnesota
Sirad Osman, New Americans Community Services
Nancy Raymond, Department of Psychiatry

Development of a Teacher-Focused Substance Use Prevention and Resiliency Promotion Intervention for Latino Youth
Luis Ortega, Minnesota Minority Education Partnership
Michele Allen, Department of Family Medicine


A Community-University Partnership to Examine Family Violence in the African American Community of North Minneapolis
Cari Clark, Department of Medicine
Jeannette Raymond, Family and Children's Services

Motivating Underserved Vietnamese Americans to Obtain Colorectal Cancer Screening: A Culturally Tailored Video-Based Intervention
Mark Yeazel/ Hee Lee, Family Medicine and Community Health/ School of Social Work
Marie Tran, Vietnamese Social Services of Minnesota

Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the Hmong Community: Tackling an Old Problem in a New Way

Tai Mendenhall, Family Medicine and Community Health
Thomas Yang, Association for the Advancement of Hmong Women in Minnesota

Improving Nutrition and Physical Activity among Latino Youth

Jamie Stang, Division of Epidemiology and Community Health
Rosa de la Torre and Maria Navas, La Clinica

Opening Pandora's Box: Somali Women, Sexuality, and HIV/ STD Prevention
Bean Robinson, Family Medicine and Community Health
Fatima Jama and Amira Ahmed, Midwest Community Development

2008-2007 Grantees


Motivational Interviewing to Reduce the Risk of Kidney Disease in African American Men
Clarence Jones, Q Health Connections
David Radosevich, Department of Surgery

Examining Social Factors Contributing to Disparate Rates of Retinopathy among Latinos with Type II Diabetes in Minnesota
Rodolfo Gutierrez, Hispanic Advocacy and Community Empowerment through Research
Michele Allen, Department of Family Medicine, Medical School

Understanding Somali Refugees' Perceptions of Mental Health Care: A Focused Ethnography
Hassan Ugas, Center for Somali Family and Children's Service
Cheryl Robertson, School of Nursing

Stress-related Health Disparities among African American: A Systemic Focus on Risk and Resiliency
Willie Winston, Minnesota Association of Black Psychologists
Sonya Brady, School of Public Health, Division of Epidemiology

Pharmacogenomic Investigations in the Hmong Community
Kathleen Culhane-Pera, West Side Community Health Services
Robert Straka, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy

Community Partnerships to Prepare for Pharmacogenomic Studies in the Hmong Community
Kathleen Culhane-Pera, West Side Community Health Services
Robert Straka, Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology, College of Pharmacy


Wise Kids Eat Well
Pam Cosby, Community Center of Excellence in Women's Health at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center
Nancy Raymond, Psychiatry

Using Photovoice to Document Perceived Routes of Pesticide Exposures and Health Concerns among Mothers from Minnesota's Red River Valley
Linda Kingery, Northwest Regional Partnership
Patricia McGovern, School of Public Health, Division of Environmental Health Sciences

The Family Education & Diabetes Series (FEDS) Project: A Pilot Investigation

Sheila WhiteEagle, St. Paul Area Council of Churches; Dept of Indian Work
Tai J. Mendenhall, Family Medicine & Community Health

Translating Research to Action: Reducing Recreational Tobacco Use in the Urban American Indian Community
John Poupart, American Indian Policy Center
Jean Forster, Epidemiology and Community Health

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