Community-based participatory research (CBPR) is a type of research that utilizes a partnership approach, bringing together researchers and community stakeholders as equal partners throughout the research process to contribute expertise and share in decision making. CBPR lets power be shared between researcher and the researched, acknowledges legitimacy of experiential knowledge, and focuses on improving practices. CBPR has been identified by the NIH as a successful approach in creating interventions and prevention strategies to reduce health disparities.

Award categories include the following.

2021 LUNGevity Health Equity for Communities Research Award

LUNGevity’s Health Equity for Communities Research Award program supports young researchers interested in lung cancer community-based participatory research (CBPR) as a way to establish impact and sustainability for quality outcomes or health equity in high-risk populations.

  • Applicants must be within the first five years of their faculty appointment.
  • The Health Equity for Communities Research Awards are mentored awards; a mentoring plan is part of the required submission.

Projects that will be funded in 2021 are expected to have a direct impact on disparities in vulnerable populations in the areas of lung cancer screening, biomarker testing, or inclusion in clinical research.

Health Equity for Communities Research Awards may be for a maximum of $250,000:

  • $125,000 per year for 2 years
  • Annual milestones must be met

Note: LUNGevity will grant only one Health Equity for Communities Research Award per institution.

LUNGevity uses a two-step application process:

  1. A letter of intent (LOI), with a brief overview of the proposed project and biographical information
  2. A full application with an extended narrative about the project, as well as supporting information and documentation. (Because there are a limited number of awards, only a subset of applicants is invited to submit a full application after the LOI review is completed.)

Awardees have progress and financial reporting obligations during their award term.

A complete description, terms and conditions, and instructions are included in the 2021 LUNGevity Health Equity for Communities Research Award RFA.  All application materials must be submitted electronically via proposalCENTRAL, which will be open for applications as of May 5, 2021.

2021 Health Equity for Communities Research Award Timeline

LOIs due: by June 4, 2021, 11:59 pm EST
Full application invitations: No earlier than July 14, 2021
Full application due (by invitation only): August 20, 2021, 11:59 pm EDT
Award announcement: Fall 2021
Anticipated year-one funding: November 2021