Importance of community-engaged research
As we work to improve population health outcomes, there is an increased emphasis on actively and meaningfully engaging with community partners in research. The collaborative partnerships that form the foundation of this type of research are critical to the success of our efforts to improve health outcomes.
There's the research and then there's research grant administration & management
Successful research partnerships encompass more than just the research itself. There are a host of administrative and fiduciary responsibilities involved in the management of federal grants that fund a substantial portion of health-related research in the United States. Academic researchers have access to significant resources when dealing with these responsibilities (such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Office of Sponsored Research), but community partners frequently do not have comparable infrastructure designed to support these research endeavors.