Community-Based Participatory Research Scholars and Awards Program

This program is provided by the Community Engagement Core Resource (CECR).


The Community Based Participatory Research Scholars and Awards Program (CBPR Program) fosters academic-community research partnerships between Columbia University faculty and not-for-profit organizations serving New York City.

Designed to stimulate community-engaged research, the CBPR Program provides participants with structured training, practical experience, and funding opportunity in community based participatory research methodology. Upon completion of the training course, academic-community dyads are eligible to apply for a one-year CBPR pilot award of $30,000.

Academic-community partnered pairs will receive:

  • Training course in CBPR methodology 
  • Opportunity to apply for pilot funding of $30,000
  • Consultation with CBPR experts on community engagement, health equity, partnership dynamics, study design, and dissemination
  • Access to other Irving Institute resources

Academic and community applicants are required to enroll and partake in the CBPR Program as partners. Attendance is expected from both academic and community partners. In addition to the seminars, participants undertake independent reading, writing, and field exercises outside of class.

The Irving Institute assists with the identification of potential academic/community partners. Prospective participants are encouraged to discuss their interest in the CBPR Program and assistance with identification an academic/community partner with program administrators far in advance of the enrollment deadline of March 9, 2024.

For a full description of the CBPR Program including information on the course structure, learning modules, partnership requirement, and pilot funding opportunity, see our overview.


The CBPR Scholars & Awards Program is open to all Columbia faculty with a title of Assistant Professor or above.

Community applicants must hold high level positions with a health, social service and/or faith-based not-for-profit organization serving New York City.

Course Dates, Time, and Location

Time: 3PM – 5:30PM


  • March 20*, 27*
  • April 3, 10, 17
  • May 1, 8, 22
  • June 5, 12*

*In-person sessions, all other sessions online

Location of in-person sessions:

Columbia Community Partnership for Health, 390 Fort Washington Avenue, Ground Floor, New York, 10033


Enrollment for this award cylce is closed. 


The CBPR Program is offered at no cost to all admitted participants.


Enrollment must be completed online.

Cite it, Submit it, Share it!

If your research has benefited from one or more Irving Institute resources, please remember to:

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1 TR001873, in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters.
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy.
  • Share your research updates with us by sending an email to:


Alejandra N. Aguirre, DrPH, MPH
Columbia Community Partnership for Health
390 Fort Washington Avenue, Ground Floor
New York, NY 10033
United States