Opportunities for Community Engagement

Grant Funding

  • Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant: The Office of the Provost and the Office of Community Engagement invites applicants to seek funding for the Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant. This grant will provide a stipend to a faculty member and community organization to forge a new community engaged research partnership that produces a research pilot project in response to a mutually-identified community need. The purpose of this stipend is to expand the number of bi-directional, community engaged research partnerships. Submitted projects should include a predetermined faculty member/ community partner in Milwaukee County, and respond to one of the following key community issues: health, education, incarceration, and/or poverty. Faculty are eligible to apply. The Executive Director of the Office of Community Engagement, will solicit applications with a deadline of April 1, 2019. To apply please submit the linked application.
    • Check out the work of Dr. Kimberlee Gretebeck, Interim Associate Dean for Research in the Marquette College of Nursing and recipient of the Community Engaged Research Partnership Development Grant. Dr. Gretebeck has instituted the Physical Activity for Life for Seniors (PALS) program at the St. Camillus Life Plan retirement community in Wauwatosa. You can find out more information about this partnership here.
  • The President's Challenge: The President's Challenge has been developed in partnership with the Johnson Controls Foundation, to provide a $250,000, two-year grant for one interdisciplinary, collaborative proposal that seeks to change the trajectory of lives in our community by addressing one or more of the critical areas in which neighborhood inequities exist, including health, education, safety, housing, transportation and economic prosperity.
  • Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant: In 2016, the CGSS and Marquette University joined a collaborative of universities and organizations who made an active commitment to invest in research and scholarship in the lives of women and girls of color. Depending on the project and funds available, the Research Initiative Grant will provide between $10,000 to $100,000 to select projects that examine this population. Some projects will be funded outright and others will be selected for fundraising solicitations with selected benefactors. Funding can be used to begin, continue, and complete a research or writing project on women and girls of color. Authorized expenses include: student research assistants, research related travel, to supplement faculty salaries, computer equipment, or general purpose software. Each faculty applicant can request a stipend of up to $2,000 per summer of funding. All proposals will be reviewed by a grant review committee and funding decisions will be made by the CGSS board and the Provost. Preference will be given to applicants whose projects have not received any extramural support, to interdisciplinary research teams, as well as projects that have a particular focus on the Milwaukee area. Successfully funded faculty will be required to meet with ORSP to discuss external funding of their project. An informational session on the Women and Girls of Color Research Initiative Grant will be held on April 5th at 2pm in AMU 254, please feel free to attend and bring a colleague! The application submission date is May 7th, 2018 by 11:59pm.
    • A flyer on the event and a more detailed description of the proposal can be found here.
      • An Excel sheet for applicant's to use to create a budget may be found here.



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Driven to realize Marquette’s Catholic, Jesuit mission, students, faculty and staff strive to play an increasingly vital role in our city and our world, working with our partners to tackle pressing challenges and build hope where it’s needed most.

Established in early 2016, the university’s Office of Community Engagement serves as the central clearinghouse for community engagement activities, with a focus on bidirectional, community-based research partnerships.

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Daniel J. Bergen, Ph.D.
(414) 288-3033
Executive Director
Office of Community Engagement