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
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.
Benefits of becoming a Research Ready Stakeholder include:
- You can obtain the status of "approved vendor" from the University. If you anticipate collaborating repeatedly with researchers, obtaining an "approved vendor" status can increase the speed of the compensation process by asking you to complete required financial paperwork only once.
- 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.
- You can have further input into the design of stakeholder resources and programs offered by NC TraCS.
For more details and instructions on how to apply, read our overview of the Research Ready Stakeholder Program.
To apply to become a Research Ready Stakeholder, complete our online application at go.unc.edu/rrsapp.apply now
Alternatively, you can complete a paper version of the application and email or mail it to us:
We encourage you to request a consultation 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.
Community Connections Newsletter
Our bimonthly newsletter for health research stakeholders provides you with news, resources, and opportunities related to community-engaged research. View past editions below and sign up to receive our newsletter here.