We provide vouchers in the amount of $2,000 to assist clinical and translational researchers in implementing a proposed study of moving a research project forward by providing rapid access to funds that will support almost any aspect of promising and innovative research.

Translational researchers who seek to employ community engagement strategies in their research may use these funds to compensate health research stakeholders for their time in collaborating on translational research studies as well as to cover the costs associated with stakeholder engagement, such as venue rental, food, language interpreting, or childcare. Investigators may utilize the funds to compensate health research stakeholders whom NC TraCS has prepared for research collaboration or other health research stakeholders whom they have identified.

TraCS $2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher

Due to uncertainty around COVID-19, a new application section asks applicants to specifically discuss the feasibility of their timeline and their ability to complete the work under the current restrictions and state orders related to social distancing.

We provide vouchers in the amount of $2,000 to support the engagement of stakeholders in translational research projects.

Translational researchers who seek to employ community engagement strategies in their research may use these funds to compensate health research stakeholders for their time in collaborating on translational research studies as well as to cover the costs associated with stakeholder engagement, such as venue rental, food, language interpreting, or childcare. Investigators may utilize the funds to compensate health research stakeholders whom NC TraCS has prepared for research collaboration or other health research stakeholders whom they have identified. Financial administration of a 2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher may be handled by the researcher's department or by NC TraCS.

With the goal of facilitating health research stakeholder contributions to the design, implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of translational research, health research stakeholders may be compensated for a variety of activities, including the provision of direct logistical research support, the development and dissemination of research materials, and the design of recruitment and retention strategies for populations underrepresented in health research.

A pre-application consultation with the NC TraCS Community and Stakeholder Engagement (CaSE) Program is required.

View the $2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher RFA (pdf)

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Submission Due Dates

September 15, 2020
October 20, 2020
November 17, 2020
December 15, 2020

Note: Submissions should be received by 5:00 pm on the submission due dates.


Is my project a pilot study or a stakeholder engagement project?

Both pilot studies and stakeholder engagement projects can be used to learn about patient and community perspectives on a study topic or a research design. However, there are some key differences. Seeking the perspectives of patients, providers, caregivers or community members (stakeholders in the health topic) does not automatically mean the activity is a stakeholder engagement project.

The criteria below can be used to help you decide whether it is most appropriate to submit a proposal for a $2K Pilot Award or a $2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher. We encourage you to request a consultation with the Community and Stakeholder Engagement Program to further discuss the appropriateness of applying for a $2K Stakeholder Engagement Voucher to support your project.

Indicators your project may be a pilot study Indicators your project may be a stakeholder engagement project
  • Researchers conduct surveys, interviews, or focus groups to learn about the perspectives of those affected by the health topic
  • Engagement activities produce data (e.g., survey responses or qualitative data) that researchers analyze or use to make decisions
  • Participants receive incentives for their involvement (e.g., gift card)
  • Researchers engage with each participant only for the time needed to collect data
  • Also: proposals where budget will support hiring community-based research assistants to conduct specific aspects of the study (e.g., to collect data)
  • Researchers have meetings and conversations with those affected by the health topic to learn about their perspectives
  • Engagement activities inform research ques-tions, study design, data collection methods, analyses, or dissemination of findings
  • Researchers partner with stakeholders to de-sign and conduct a study (i.e., stakeholders in-fluence how study is conducted; stakeholders and researchers collaborate to make decisions about the study)
  • Stakeholders are compensated for their time and expertise (e.g., as an independent contractor)
  • Researchers engage with stakeholders on mul-tiple occasions over a period of time
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