Bringing Community Based Organizations and Local Researchers Together


COMMUNITY-DRIVEN RESEARCH DAY encourages collaborations between researchers and community-based organizations (CBOs) and community groups who have research questions that they are interested in answering, specifically in ways that utilize novel approaches to community health promotion. Through an interactive poster session, CBOs and community groups will highlight their questions to CDRD participants,who will include area non-profits, community groups, public sector partners, and researchers from The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, The University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, Drexel University, and Thomas Jefferson University. CBOs, community groups, academic researchers, and students will be able to meet and discuss potential, mutually-beneficial collaborations.


To support partnerships formed as a result of participation in Community Driven Research Day between academic researchers and community based organizations, the CDRD planning committee is announcing a competitive pilot grant program to support interdisciplinary, community-based participatory research in health -- specifically related to novel approaches to community health.

This Call for Proposals is limited to faculty of the University of Pennsylvania, Temple University, The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Drexel University and Thomas Jefferson University with significant community health-related research experience, working in collaboration with community partners who presented at CDRD held on December 7, 2016.

To read the full proposal and view the letter of intent requirements, click here.

To list the 2016/17 compendium of participants, click here.



  • November 23, 2016: Deadline for CDRD submissions & for non-presenters to register
  • December 7, 2016: Community Driven Research Day
  • March 10 2017: Letter of Intent Due
  • April 28, 2017 Full Proposal Deadline
  • May 26, 2017 Decision Date for Full Proposals
  • July 1, 2017 Disbursement of Funds
  • June 30, 2018 Deadline for Expenditure of Funds
  • August 31, 2018 Final Report Due

Please visit CHOP's website for more information.For additional questions or concerns, use the following contact form.