St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnerships (CUHRP)

In 2009, Washington University, Saint Louis University and BJC HealthCare partnered to establish and provide funding for research partnerships between community-based organizations in St. Louis city and county and faculty members at Washington University, Saint Louis University, or Barnes-Jewish/Christian. The purpose of this program, known as St. Louis Community/University Health Research Partnerships (CUHRP), was to focus on health care problems of importance to the community with the goal of improving health outcomes, reducing health disparities and fostering long-term collaborations between universities and community-based organizations. The process was coordinated by the St. Louis Regional Health Commission (RHC).

In 2012, CUHRP accepted applications for Implementation Grants and Partnership Development Grants.  Although there are no current plans for issuing a similar call for proposals, the program expectations below will provide insight into the purpose of the funded projects included on the list of Past Awards.

Eligibility

  • Each research proposal was required to have at least two principal investigators (PIs): one or more from established 501(c)(3) community-based organizations (CBOs) in St. Louis city or county, and one or more from Washington University, Saint Louis University, or Goldfarb School of Nursing.
  • Grantees were required to share the results of their projects and lessons learned with other investigators and community members at a local public event sponsored by the universities and other partners.  

For Implementation Grants

  • Projects focused on health problems of importance to the community as identified by broad and balanced input from the community-based organizations and sponsoring academic institutions.
  • Applicants presented a plan to communicate results to the community and strategies for sustainability.
  • The academic and community-based partner(s) were co-creators of the study design and budget. Co-PIs from the academic and community-based partnerships were required to jointly oversee project implementation, analysis of results, development of products, and any other project-related activities.

For Partnership Development Grants

  • Proposals supported a new community-academic partnership
  • Projects focused on health problems of importance to the community as identified by broad and balanced input from the community-based organizations and sponsoring academic institutions.
  • The academic and community-based partner(s) were co-creators of the project design and budget. Co-PIs from the academic and community-based partnerships were required to jointly oversee project-related activities.

Funding Guidelines

Applicants could apply for a maximum of $40,000 (total costs) for Implementation grants and $5,000 for Partnership Development grants, each for a one year period.

Past Awards

View a listing of all CUHRP awards to date.

See the Regional Health Commission brochure describing the first cohort of funded projects.