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How to Apply for CBR Assistance

Is My Organization Eligible for Assistance?

The following are the eligibility requirements for CURA’s Community-Based Research Programs:

  • Community Assistantship Program (CAP)serves community organizations and government agencies in greater Minnesota, and projects that would serve the entire state. 
    • We are partnering with the Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDP) at the University of Minnesota Extension program to help coordinate project submission and selection.
    • If you are interested in applying please visit: http://www.extension.umn.edu/rsdp/idea-brief/ and submit an idea brief to the Executive Director in your region.

When to Apply for Assistance

The CURA Community-Based Research Programs consider applications for applied research assistance three times a year. Proposals are due by the following dates for assistance during the time periods indicated:

  • March 15 (Summer semester assistance—early June through August)
  • July 3 (Fall semester assistance—early September to mid-January)
  • October 18 (Spring semester assistance—mid-January through May)

CBR Application Process

1. Review the CBR Application Guide, which includes information on asking good research questions, research activities, program and eligibility guidelines, application tips, and research resources.

2. Complete a CURA CBR Application form for each research project you would like assistance with.

NOTE: we recently changed the CBR application, please use this version and delete any old versions you might have. Thanks!

CURA staff can help you with your application. We strongly encourage you to contact the appropriate program staff to discuss your potential project prior to submitting your application:

3. Your application will be reviewed by a committee from the appropriate CURA program. You will be notified as soon as possible of the committee’s decision regarding your application.

Successful applications have clearly defined research questions which, if answered, will help the organization or group move toward sustainable community development goals. For more information on what makes a good research project, view the selection criteria that program committees use to evaluate applications.

4. If approved, a job description is developed by CURA, approved by the community organization, and posted online for students to see.

5. Students apply directly to the community organization using the University of Minnesota employment website.

6. The community organization chooses interview candidates from among those students who apply for the position. The organization is responsible for scheduling and conducting interviews, and selecting the candidate of its choice.