Availability of Small Planning Grants to Foster New Collaborative Research

October, 11 2021

Are you committed to engage in collaborative research? The Detroit URC has announced a funding opportunity that may enhance your efforts. As part of a partnership between the Detroit URC, School of Social Work, and Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), the Small Planning Grant Program, now in its twelfth round of funding, seeks to facilitate new, equitable collaborative relationships between academic and community entities and enhance their capacity to conduct and disseminate research focused on the social and physical environment and health equity, and translate research findings into action, with the aim of improving the health and quality of life of Detroit residents. The grant program funds two types of grants: 1. Partnership Formation and Maintenance and 2. Project Development. Since 2010, the program has funded 31 projects averaging $4,200 per award; over $130,000 has been allocated overall.


Members of the Detroit URC Community-Academic Research Network (CAR-Net), as well as academic researchers and community entities who are not CAR-Net members but are committed to engage in collaborative research, are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted on behalf of at least two partners: an academic partner affiliated with an academic institution, and a community partner representing a non-academic community-based organization, practiced-based organization, or government agency in Detroit.

Funding Level

Grants may be funded up to a maximum amount of $5,000, with a grant duration period of up to one year beginning February 1, 2022. Between four to five awards may be made for round 12. The number and amount of awarded grants is based on the quantity and quality of the submitted proposals.  

Planning Grant Program Round 12 Timeline:

  • Planning Grant Announcement: October 11, 2021
  • Proposal Submission Deadline: December 10, 2021
  • Anticipated Notice of Awards: January 17, 2022
  • Anticipated Award Start: February 1, 2022

Click here to read more, read the Request for Proposals, or download the application form.

The Detroit URC Small Planning Grant Program is supported by the Detroit URC  and the Michigan Institute for Clinical & Health Research (MICHR), and partnerships with U-M School of Social Work faculty will be supported by the U-M School of Social Work.