Community Action Research Grant

University of Minnesota faculty are critical resources in exploring issues and concerns important to Minnesota, such as the criminal justice system, demography, state or local economic development, education, employment, energy, the environment, health, housing, state and local government, welfare and poverty, human and social services, transportation, or land use and development.

The Community Action Research Grant (formerly known at the Faculty Interactive Research Program, FIRP) encourages University faculty to carry out research projects that answer questions about these important regional issues, in partnership with community groups, agencies, or organizations in Minnesota. 


An announcement regarding the competition for Community Action Research Grants is sent to faculty annually during early spring semester. The deadline for receipt of application materials is generally March. 

Regular faculty members are invited to apply. Up to $45,000 in funding is provided to up to two projects per year. Faculty members who are selected will be expected to:

  • Interact or engage with appropriate community organizations or agencies
  • Prepare a report for the organization or agency where appropriate
  • Prepare a 3500-word manuscript for publication in the CURA Reporter, our regular report of faculty research.

Grantees are required to acknowledge support from the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs in all written materials and presentations that result from work funded by this grant.

Community Action Research Grant links