Join our Stakeholder Network!

We invite agencies, organizations, and individuals to join our growing network of health research stakeholders interested in supporting research efforts that advance the health of North Carolinians.

Stakeholder collaboration allows for the conduct of relevant and community-driven health research. We are looking to expand our network of health research stakeholders committed to building sustainable research partnerships.

As a member of this network, you or your organization can help guide and support research in your community, shape and receive resources that support your capacity to engage in research, and connect with researchers and others in your community doing similar work.

To join, fill out our brief interest survey about you or your organization's skills, needs, and capacity. We'll then be in touch about how we can work together!

Take the survey

To learn more about joining our network, or to have your questions answered, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with CARES.


Take the next step and become a Research Ready Stakeholder !

Through an additional application and selection process, stakeholders who are interested in and qualified to collaborate on health research can become Research Ready Stakeholders at the University.

This classification can mean several things for you or your organization. Specifically:

  • You can obtain the status of "approved vendor" from the University. If you collaborate with researchers on future activities, obtaining "approved vendor" status can increase the speed of the compensation process by requiring you to complete required financial paperwork only once.
  • You can have further input into the design of the stakeholder resources offered by NC TraCS.
  • You can have a brief overview of your or your organization's interests and expertise made publicly available on the NC TraCS website. Researchers may be directed to this site when trying to identify potential stakeholders for research partnerships.

View a brief overview of the Research Ready Stakeholder application process.

To apply to become a Research Ready Stakeholder, download and complete the full application. We encourage you to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with CARES staff before completing the application so that we can guide you through the process.

Submission Due Dates: We review applications on a monthly basis. Responses received by the 5th of each month will receive a response by the end of that month.

A note about the Research Ready Stakeholder application process
We seek health research stakeholders with a variety of health experiences, interests, expertise, family histories, primary languages and geographic areas of residence within NC. Direct experience with health research is not required. Agencies, organizations, and individuals interested in collaborating on and contributing to health research are encouraged to apply. Individuals from or with a knowledge base in NC populations underrepresented in health research, and agencies/organizations serving underrepresented populations are especially encouraged to apply.

We do not guarantee that all favorable applications will be approved. We reserve the right to decline an application that does not align with the skill sets or expertise currently sought by NC TraCS.