Funding Opportunity: C3EN Pilot Award Program

Applications are being accepted for Research Project Pilot Grants targeting disparities in multiple chronic conditions. Up to 6 pilot studies with budgets of $50,000 to $60,000 will be awarded by the Chicago Chronic Condition Equity Network (C3EN), an NIMHD-funded center for research on disparities in multiple chronic conditions co-led by Rush University Medical Center and University of Chicago. In addition to receiving funding for their projects, grantees will be provided with mentorship, access to the research infrastructures at both UChicago and Rush, and ongoing methodological and biostatistical consultation.

The Research Project Pilot Grants program is aimed at supporting early stage investigators, as well as more experienced investigators who wish to shift the focus of their research to health disparities. Projects featuring a robust community partnership will be prioritized. Please see the C3EN website for additional guidance and submission instructions.

Applications are due on October 1, 2024, by 5 p.m. Central Time. For general questions about this grant announcement, please contact Melanie Norstrom at

We encourage applicants to get community feedback regarding their proposals ahead of submission. C3EN has small grants (up to $3000) for this purpose. The C3EN Community Engagement Core can help you find community members to help provide this feedback.

Additional Opportunity

As a consortium of academic institutions, the Chicago Chronic Condition Equity Network (C3EN, “seen”), the Institute for Translational Medicine (ITM), and the Chicago Consortium for Community Engagement (C3) are working together to address health equity in Chicago by supporting and promoting collaborative partnerships between researchers and community-based organizations.

We hope to create a list of researchers who are interested in partnering with a community organization to conduct research. By filling out this survey, we will add you to our database of researchers who could potentially partner with an organization to conduct research. If we identify a research need in a community partner that corresponds to your interests/area of expertise we will reach out to you directly. We will also share information about upcoming events related to development of community-research partnerships.

Note that we will not share your information directly with community organizations. Our community engagement team at Rush will reach out to you as needed.

If you are interested in being added to our database, please complete this brief 11-question survey to provide your contact information and area of research.

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