CBPR Partnership Academy - Eligibility & Application Requirements

Now accepting applications for the 2022 Cohort! (EXTENDED DEADLINE: January 31, 2022)

This training program is intended for pairs of an academic person new to CBPR and their community partner. Community-academic teams can be newly forming or early-stage partnerships, or teams that would like to incorporate a community-based participatory research (CBPR) approach into an existing non-CBPR effort. Through a competitive review process,12 two-person teams will be selected for the 2022-23 cohort of the CBPR Partnership Academy, with all program expenses covered (including tuition and travel expenses for a one-week in-person course, if public health guidance allows). For more detailed information about the program, visit this link. For more detailed information about the application, visit this link

Program Opportunities & Expectations
  • Attendance at a week-long, intensive course (July 17-22, 2022)*
  • Participation in monthly learning activities (e.g. webinars,  mentoring calls, online forums) during the one-year program period
  • Opportunity to apply for a non-competitive project development grant
  • Participation in the national CBPR Partnership Academy Network (previous cohorts, instructors, mentors)

*Course location (in person or remote) will be decided based on public health guidance.

Frequently Asked Questions from Q & A Conference Calls


Application Submission DeadlineJanuary 31, 2022 at 11:59pm ET
Anticipated Notice of AwardMarch 2022
Program PeriodJune 1, 2022 - June 30, 2023
Pre-course ForumsJune 2022 (Dates TBD)
Week-Long Intensive CourseJuly 17-22, 2022


Community-Academic Team Criteria:
  • Team should be newly forming or in the early stages of partnership development (well-established CBPR partnerships are not eligible); 
  • Ability to attend program events in community-academic pairs; Commitment to working together in partnership throughout the year-long program; and 
  • Interest in learning how to use a CBPR approach, including the application of innovative methods, to understand and address social and physical environmental determinants of health inequities.
Academic Partner Criteria:
  • Must be a doctoral level faculty member or researcher affiliated with an academic or research institution in the United States (Diverse disciplines and backgrounds will be considered, including, for example, behavioral and social sciences, public health, environmental health sciences, urban planning.); 
  • Can be an early-stage or established investigator with interest and limited experience in CBPR; and
  • Must have support for year-long participation in the program from the applicant's academic institution (as evident in Letter of Support).
Community- or Faith-Based Organization, or Health & Human Services Agency Partner Criteria:
  • Must have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent training and 3-5 years of relevant work experience; 
  • Be in a position of mid-to-upper level leadership in the organization; and 
  • Must have support for year-long participation in the program from the applicant’s organization (as evident in Letter of Support).
Selection Criteria:
  • Interest in collaborative research to address health inequities; 
  • Evidence of commitment to CBPR principles and ongoing co-learning process; 
  • Commitment to establishing and enhancing equitable partnership; 
  • Evidence of responsiveness to the community’s needs and interests; 
  • Evidence that proposal was jointly developed; and
  • Availability and commitment of both partners to participate in year-long program activities.



  • Review the Request for Applications
  • The application for the Academy consists of the following parts:
    • Online Application Form
    • Applicants’ Resumes/CVs for BOTH team members
    • Letters of Support: Please provide two letters of support: one from a supervisor (for community partner) and one from an academic chair or equivalent (for academic partner) showing support for each applicant to participate in the one-year program, including attendance in the intensive course.

PLEASE NOTE:Download the pre application

If you'd like to think through your answers before submitting them in the online application, please feel free to use this optional Pre-Application Worksheet, which outlines all the narrative questions exactly as they are asked here.


If you have questions about the CBPR Partnership Academy or how to apply, please contact Detroit URC staff: detroiturc@umich.edu. Or visit our website at DetroitURC.org.

For details, and to access the online application form, click this link to fill out the official application