Funding maximum: $4,000
Deadline: October 4, 2023
Notification of Awards: November 1, 2023
Start date: December 1, 2023 Submission portal
Next cycle deadline: February 19, 2024
CHE Community-engaged learning initiative
Cornell Human Ecology (CHE) is partnering with the David M. Einhorn Center for Community Engagement to recognize, support, and advance community-engaged learning (CEL) throughout the college. This engaged college initiative reflects the next phase of OEI’s work to involve more Cornell undergraduates in CEL while also furthering community partners’ missions and advancing faculty members’ research. The new approach empowers each college to support the engaged learning opportunities that best fit the mission of their college.
CHE is offering grants to enhance existing and create new community-engaged learning opportunities for students. The goal of these funding opportunities is to reach as many interested faculty, staff, and students as possible and to make sustainable investments in opportunities that will continue beyond the funding of this block grant.
Engaged Research Seed Grants are intended to support CHE faculty and academic staff’s scholarship and scientific research collaborations with both undergraduates and community partners.
Community-engaged research occurs in collaboration with a community partner who is involved throughout the research process. Some proposals may focus on incubating and accelerating the participation of community partners into scholarship and scientific research. Other proposals may involve existing community-engaged research collaborations but focus on developing or expanding opportunities for undergraduates to play a meaningful role.
Need. Addresses a specific need, problem, or common concern of the partner.
Partner. Involves collaboration with community partner(s).
Connection. The project connects (and integrates) engaged research experiences with students’ disciplinary learning.
Reflection. Includes documented critical reflection for undergraduates involved in the research.
Supporting community-engaged faculty research in ways that are sustainable is a high priority, so we encourage applicants to consider how these funds can seed student involvement in projects over a prolonged period of time.
Are you wondering whether your project idea is a good fit? Contact the CEL Coordinator Kristen Elmore (firstname.lastname@example.org), and we can talk about your project.
Who is eligible?:
Faculty of any rank, academic staff, and post-docs in Cornell Human Ecology. Applicants are welcome whether or not they have established community-engaged research or scholarship experience in their field of study.
Applications that involve multiple researchers/scholars, junior faculty participants and/or collaboration across units are strongly encouraged.
Temporary staff and students can be team members but cannot serve as team leads. Participation of community partners and/or alumni is encouraged.
Projects that have not previously received Engaged Research funding will receive priority.
Funding for grants will not exceed $4,000. All budget lines must be justified. Applicants should make their case for the use of funds most appropriate to their need. Please note that grantees might not receive their full budget request.
Engaged Research Seed Grants have a 12-month term. At the end of the approved grant period, grant-holders may be eligible for a no cost extension or will return remaining funds to the CHE CEL initiative block grant.
Expectations and Deliverables
A final report will be due one month after the funding is completed. Required final reports will describe student participation, student evaluations of their experiences, community partner contributions to the student research experience, challenges encountered, as well as the benefit to the community partner and achievement of research and learning goals set by the applicants. As appropriate, grantees may be asked to contribute photographs or stories to support communication about engaged learning in the college.
Grantees will also be expected to participate in the CHE community-engaged teaching mentorship network and CHE Engaged Forum to share their experience with other faculty.
**travel, meals and lodging associated with research conducted off campus;
direct costs incurred by students while conducting research;
participation in conferences, workshops;
costs of publication;
systems that support the student research experience (software, enrollment in online training, etc.);
expenses incurred by community partners that are directly related to their participation in the research experience and that support community partner capacity to effectively partner in and maximize the benefit of community-engaged research.
* While this mechanism prioritizes the involvement of undergraduates, the inclusion of graduate students in a mentorship or supervisory role may be appropriate. Funding to support graduate student involvement will be considered with proper justification.