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Leaders of funded or unfunded research projects often lack the resources to follow-up with the end-users of research outputs to assess impact for an organization, neighborhood, community, or city. This small-grant competition is designed to correct for this gap in research funding.

Principal Investigators or Co-Principal Investigators who completed a funded or unfunded community-engaged research project at least six months ago in the City of Orlando in the downtown area are eligible to apply for the Community-Engaged Scholarship Impact Assessment Grant. For the purposes of this competition, a community-engaged research project is one that included a defined constituency as a partner in research design, data collection, data analysis, data interpretation, and/or development of written findings or recommendations. For example, a constituency includes but is not limited to a single organization, neighborhood association, coalition, or multiple independent residents.

Two grants will be awarded in the amount of $5,000 and must be used between the start of spring 2022 semester and June 30, 2022—the end of the fiscal year. Funds can be used towards E&G allowable expenditures, including but not limited to hiring OPS student workers, paying part of summer salary, local travel, allowable incentives for participants in the research, or miscellaneous supplies.

Grant recipients agree to prepare an “Impact Case Study” that details the original community-engaged research project and the longer-term impact achieved. Formatting instructions for the case study will be made available later. Grant recipients also agree to participate in a webinar conducted in hybrid form or virtually to share their case studies for a broad, global audience.

The deadline to apply is Nov. 30, 2021.