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Community-Academic Grants

Poverty Solutions and the Detroit Community-Academic Urban Research Center (Detroit URC) partner on an annual grant funding opportunity for collaborations between academic researchers at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Dearborn, and Flint campuses, and community-based partners throughout the State of Michigan. The grants support research projects focused on evaluating and strengthening interventions, programs, and policies that seek to prevent and alleviate poverty in the State of Michigan.

A faculty member from any U-M campus must serve as a Principal Investigator. Partnerships with faculty across multiple campuses are encouraged. Requests for proposals are announced each fall.

2020 Community-Academic Research Projects

  • Poverty Alleviation through Entrepreneurship and Urban Microenterprise Development Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the number of microenterprise development and neighborhood entrepreneurship training programs in Detroit. The impetus of these programs is to stimulate urban economic development and neighborhood revitalization in the city's underserved communities.  The aim of this study is to evaluate these programs collectively with respect to…
  • Special Delivery: A Community-Academic Partnership to Improve the Health of Low-Income Young Mothers and their Children The goal of this project is to assess the feasibility of using grocery delivery to strengthen services related to the special supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) by improving access to and use of food benefits during pregnancy. Grocery delivery, a well-established and inexpensive service, removes logistical barriers to obtaining healthy foods…
  • The AfricanFuturist Greenhouse This proposal will combine the African traditions of generative economy with contemporary technology design to create an AfricanFuturist greenhouse. The greenhouse exterior will be designed by local artists from the African American community to provide aesthetic fit to the museum surroundings. The interior will be designed and prototyped by University of Michigan students, such that…
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