Promising Partnerships

The Promising Partnerships is Boston BRI…DGE’s pilot grant funding to accelerate partnerships between community-based organizations and academic community-oriented researchers.

The 2020 funding cycle has closed




Boston BRI…DGE (Building Research Infrastructure…Developing Genuine Engagement) is a community-engaged partnered research program of the Center for Community Health Education Research and Service, Inc. (CCHERS). In January 2019, Boston BRI…DGE received its second Engagement Award from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI)® to support capacity of patients and community members to become fully engaged in research partnerships and governance. 

Community-based organizations often struggle to build a significant research portfolio and tap into large funding sources. This may occur because of difficulty forming equitable relationships with researchers, the lack of preliminary data, and unfamiliarity with research oversight regulations. CCHERS’ current PCORI® Engagement Award presents an opportunity for Boston BRI…DGE to tackle these challenges by providing pilot grant funding and educational support for community-based organizations interested in advancing their community-initiated research partnerships with academia. We call this initiative the Promising Partnerships.

The Promising Partnerships is the Boston BRI…DGE’s pilot grant funding to accelerate partnerships between community-based organizations and academic community-oriented researchers. Through a competitive award process, selected grantees will receive seed funding and training support to foster a community-academic collaboration and perform preliminary work that will likely lead to a competitive research proposal for larger grant applications at the completion of the project period. Some examples of the larger funding resources are PCORI, National Institute of Health (NIH), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health (OMH), and public health philanthropies or foundations.

About Promising Partnerships

Funded projects

CCHERS is pleased to announce grantees of the 2020 Promising Partnerships:

Cycle 2

Improving Health Literacy for Immigrants in English as a Second Language Courses

Asian Women for Health

Chien-Chi Huang, Jonathan Jackson, Camilla S Graham

Cycle 1

Black Voices: A Community-Clinical Academic Partnership to Address Mental Health & Healing Pathways in Black Communities

Cambridge Health Alliance

Valeria Chambers, Leslie Adams, Caryn Rodgers, Ana Progovac, Benjamin Cook

Supporting the Birth Experience that Everyone Deserves

Boston Association for Childbirth Education

Christina Mary Agnes Gebel, Elysia Larson, Caroline Ezekwesili

Healthy Mom, Healthy Family: Partnering with Immigrant Families to Promote Culturally Competent and Integrated Language Access at the Intersection of Healthcare & Education Systems to Support Mothers with Special Needs Children

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center

Catalina Tang Yan, Angelica Bachour, Consuelo Perez, Loreto P Ansaldo

Congratulations to all awardees!