All applications must be submitted by a community-MCW academic partnership. Eligible primary community partner organizations are Wisconsin-based 501c3 nonprofit, IRS tax exempt or governmental organization and eligible MCW Principal Investigators (PI) must be full-time or full professional effort MCW faculty members with the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor, and have a primary appointment in the School of Medicine. The primary community partner organization and MCW PI will be jointly responsible for the fiduciary and reporting requirements of the AHW project and project budget.
Eligible projects may be focused on a variety of activities, such as (but not limited to) designing and testing innovative community-based health improvement approaches and interventions, developing new partnerships or expanding existing partnerships to broaden reach or increase impact, gathering and analyzing data to inform future research and implementation, or sharing learnings with community leaders and impacted communities to foster community-driven action.
Applicants will need to clearly identify a health need, an immediate gap in knowledge or practice, and proposed project methods to test a novel approach to address the gap and inform future efforts to impact the health need. Successful proposals will position the applicant team to build on promising efforts and demonstrate the potential to lead to improved health and well-being for Wisconsin residents. At the conclusion of the AHW award, projects will be poised to continue, scale, or replicate successful practices and take their efforts to the next level for long-term impact on health and health equity.
AHW uses a cost-reimbursement model. Funds may only be used for direct, project-related expenses. Please review a list of AHW’s Allowable and Unallowable Costs as you prepare your application.
In addition, and in accordance with AHW’s state-required mandates, AHW funds may not supplant funds or resources otherwise available. Please see AHW’s Supplanting Criteria for details.
Applications will be accepted only through the official online application form. No paper or emailed applications will be accepted. Applicants must answer all required fields and follow the restrictions set within the online form.
Applications are due by 5:00 pm CST on September 12, 2022. Late applications will not be accepted.
AHW’s Community-led Seed Grants funding opportunity is a single-stage application process. Following the application and review process, AHW anticipates sharing award determinations in mid-November 2022, with funded projects beginning their work January 1, 2023.
All applications will undergo a technical review to ensure that all requirements are met.
Applications that pass technical review will advance to a peer review process. Each applicant will identify a peer reviewer from their project team who will be tasked with reviewing other applications to the AHW Community-led Seed Grants funding opportunity. Peer reviewers will provide scores and comments based on the review criteria included in the Call for Applications. The peer reviewer must complete all assigned peer reviews for their partnership’s submitted application to be eligible for funding consideration.
Following peer review, the MCW Consortium on Public and Community Health (Consortium) will review the recommendations from the peer reviewers and approve a slate of proposals to fund.