Community-University Partnership Seed (CUPS)


What is this service?

The Community-University Partnership Seed grant (CUPS) promotes the formation and maintenance of community-university partnership activities in support of research projects that address community-defined health priorities.

CUPS grant funding supports these partnerships at any phase of the research process. Applicants who are in the early stages of forming their partnership may have a greater focus on relationship building, exploration of shared areas of interest, and creation of the partnership structure.

Applicants who are already engaged in an established partnership may be focused on different activities, such as the dissemination of research findings or evaluation of the partnership process. These activities would support the ongoing maintenance, sustainability, and/or evaluation of the research partnership.

NIH will not provide prior approval for MICHR pilot grants that propose research being conducted outside of the United States. Due to this policy, we cannot accept applications proposing research that will be conducted abroad.

Please see the CUPS supplementary guidelines for more details.

More information about the Community-University Partnership Seed (CUPS), including application guidelines, can be found here.

Who can use this service?

Applications are open to faculty from all schools and colleges at the University of Michigan, as well as partners affiliated with community and patient coalitions and groups, nonprofit organizations, government, and other agencies outside the university.

When should I contact MICHR about this service?

Applications for the Community-University Partnership Seed (CUPS) grants are accepted on a quarterly basis until all available funding has been distributed. Applications for this quarter are due November 30, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.

How much does this service cost?

This service is free. The cost pricing/recharge rates for this and other MICHR services are available here.