Partnership Development & Sustainability Support Funding Program (PDSS)


Community-engaged research is a participatory approach to research and evaluation that involves community members and/or patients in an active role throughout all phases of the project, including study development, implementation, and dissemination. Community-engaged research has the potential to generate findings that are highly relevant for the populations uniquely affected by the health conditions under study. Partnerships are the foundation of community-engaged research. However, the process of developing a partnership requires time, commitment, and resources.


Through the Institute of Clinical and Translational Sciences (ICTS), the Center for Community Health Partnership & Research (CCHPR) provides support for the development and sustainability of mutually beneficial research partnerships between community organizations and academic researchers.

The Partnership Development & Sustainability Support Funding Program (PDSS) enables partners to develop the trust, infrastructure, capacity and skills needed to undertake future research. The PDSS supports new partnerships in development, as well as existing partnerships.


The PDSS provides up to $10,000 to community-academic partnerships for a 12-month funding period. Up to five awards will be made each year.

Submission Timeline

Please note the following dates:

  • Funding Announcement released: July 1, 2019
  • PDSS applications due: December 1, 2019
  • PDSS decisions announced: February 10, 2020
  • Award period: March 1, 2020 – February 28, 2021


Hilary Broughton