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2024 Community-Driven Ensemble Awards

2024 Community-Driven Ensemble Award for Identification of Unmet Community Health Needs and Development of Solutions

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.

Ensemble Concept and Process

The Community-Driven Ensemble is defined as a team that will identify unmet community health needs and work in collaboration with academic experts towards solutions. These teams bring together individuals with different experiences, perspectives, and skills, to solve such unmet needs. Furthermore, the Ensembles represent community members, stakeholders, representatives and leaders who come together to develop a shared vision and strategies towards solutions. Teams will work together using the principles of Team Science, including coequality of members, shared understanding of team goals, trust, active listening, self-awareness, and common vocabulary.

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.

How to Apply

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. 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. It should be emailed to Braxton Keil (bkeil@mcw.edu) by April 1, 2024; and will be reviewed by an Ensemble Committee as the next step. One Ensemble will be approved for each of the 4 community health focuses (i.e., total of 4 Ensembles will be awarded).

Funding Overview

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.


Any community stakeholder is eligible to participate on an Ensemble research team.

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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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