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CTSI announces the first Community-Driven, Community-Focused Ensemble Award

CTSI announces the first Community-Driven, Community-Focused Ensemble Award

The Clinical and Translational Science Institute of Southeast Wisconsin (CTSI) is pleased to announce the first Community-Driven, Community-Focused Ensemble Award. The Community-Driven Ensembles will be the driver to (1) identify unmet community health needs in Milwaukee and surrounding communities and (2) work closely and collaboratively with researchers to develop community-informed, community-focused solutions through translational science research and discovery. Four possible awards are available with funding up to $50,000 each.

The Community-Driven Ensemble is a team that collaborates with academic experts to identify and address unmet community health needs. Teams will consist of diverse individuals and stakeholders who develop shared visions and strategies using principles of Team Science.

Teams can form around one of the following four areas of community health interest: (1) oral health; (2) obesity and its complications, including cardiovascular and liver disease, impact of high cholesterol; (3) pediatric mental health; or (4) women’s health, including urinary or fecal incontinence. Applications are due April 1, 2024. Any community stakeholder is eligible to apply and participate on an Ensemble research team. The applicant team will submit a one-page description of the unmet health need(s), why it is important, barriers, contributing factors, and the relevance to health inequities/health disparities. The one-page description should include the team member information and affiliations.

The CTSI will approve four Ensemble teams, by selecting the best One-Page Summary submitted for each of the four areas of community health interest. The approved teams will receive a $50,000 line of credit. After funding, the CTSI will recruit clinicians and other research investigators to work collaboratively with the Community-Driven Ensembles to identify community health problems and develop innovative health solutions through translational science research and discovery.

Important Dates

  • Announcement of RFA
  • April 1st, 2024 – Deadline for One-Page Summary (RFA Reference No. = CommEnsemble-001)
  • April 2nd, 2024 – CTSI determination of approved Ensembles
  • April 3rd, 2024 – Approved Ensemble teams are notified
  • April 4th, 2024 – Begin adding clinical researchers to approved Ensembles
  • April 8th, 2024 – Begin projects: (1) Identify community health problems and barriers to community; (2) Identify community resources and partners; (3) Develop potential solutions; and (4) begin health improvement solutions and test the effectiveness of these in the community.


For all questions on this funding opportunity, contact Braxton Keil – CTSI Ensemble Project Coordinator (bkeil@mcw.edu) and Tanya Aigner – CTSI Community Engagement Project Manager (taigner@mcw.edu).

NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important Reminder – Please acknowledge the NIH when publishing papers, patents, projects, and presentations resulting from the use of CTSI resources by including the NIH Funding Acknowledgement.


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