Community Engaged Research Fund


Brandeis faculty, staff, postdocs, and graduate students in any discipline whose research or creative activity addresses the questions, issues, and/or needs of a community partner —whether at the local, state, regional, national, or global level — are invited to apply to the COMPACT Community Engaged Research Fund.

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The goal of this fund is to support recipients in building sustainable and ethical projects with community partners. This program offers up to $3,500 in seed funding for projects during each academic year. Applications for projects during the 2022-2023 academic year will be reviewed starting October 1st; a second round of review will commence on December 1st if funds remain. Applications for projects during the 2023-2024 academic year will be reviewed starting August 7th.  All recipients will be invited to join the COMPACT Community of Practice.


Please send any questions about the program and application process to

Congratulations to the 2022-2023 Recipients of the COMPACT Community Engaged Research Fund!

Professor Taylor Ackley (taylor ackley's headshotMusic)

"Performer/Scholar Mentorship Program"
Community Partner: Mandolin Heritage Association



Professors Wendy Cadge and Muna Guvenc Ospina Leon (Sociology & Fine Arts)munawendy

"Closing Congregations in Massachusetts: Building Supportive Partnerships"

Community Partner: Mass Council of Churches


Professor Rachel Kramer Theodorou (Education)rachel

"Celebration, Evaluation & Next Steps for Waltham Speaks"

Community Partner: Waltham Family School


Gowthaman Ranganathan (Anthropology)ranganathan gowthaman headshot

"Archiving Queerness in Jaffna"
Community Partner: Jaffna Transgender Network (JTN)