Community Organization ENGAGE Award

The Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (MS-INBRE) invites community organizations to apply for the Community Organization Proposal Awards. The Community Organization Proposal Awards are intended to provide funding for community organizations to lead the development of grant proposals that address Mississippi’s top public health issues. 

Project ideas must focus on serving racial/ethnic minorities, rural or disadvantaged populations, or other medically underserved groups AND align with one of the following three areas: 

  1. Socioecological and psychosocial determinants of health that influence engagement in health-promoting behaviors and avoidance of risky behaviors with actionable potential for use as evidence-based practice. 
  2. Multi-component interventions that address socioecological and psychosocial determinants of health on cardiometabolic health outcomes.
  3. Innovative digital healthcare strategies to improve the provision of disease prevention and management programs. 

The Community Proposal Awards occurs in two competitive phases: the ENGAGE Award and PROPOSE Award. Awards will support the meaningful involvement of community organizations with our Community Engagement and Training Core faculty who have grant experience and expertise in lifestyle behaviors (i.e., nutrition, physical activity, sleep) and interventions, mental health, body composition and cardiometabolic outcomes assessment, health communication techniques, health promotion/outreach, digital health innovations, and cardiometabolic diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity and HIV/AIDS.


Eligible applicants include community organizations. For this award, a community organization is defined as a non-Federal or non-academic organization whose primary purpose is to provide goods, services, support, resources, or advocacy to members of a Mississippi community. Examples of eligible organizations include faith-based organizations, public healthcare systems, school districts, social services agencies, non-federal government agencies (including local, regional, Tribal or state level governments and their respective departments of public health, commerce, labor, transportation, housing and recreation). Community organizations must also have appropriate systems, policies and procedures in place to manage funds and activities.

Academic research centers and academic healthcare organizations are not eligible to apply for these awards, however, individual academic researchers can be involved as key collaborators and partners of the community organizations.

Key Dates:

  • Letter of Intent Due Date: April 17, 2024
  • Application Cycle Due Date: May 31, 2024

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