Funding Opportunities 

Partnership and Innovation Accelerator Pilot Program

Facilitate collaboration with local organizations on health research that benefits our communities. See projects below and check back for future opportunities.


PIAP Projects


Investigator Academic Partner Community Partner Project Title
Sara Heinert Rutgers New Brunswick Health Sciences Technology High School (NBHSTHS) Engaging Youth as Citizen Scientists to Determine Health Needs of New Brunswick Adults
Lisa Mikesell Rutgers Rotary Club of Plainsboro A Culture-Centered Approach to Assessing the Mental Health Needs of Adolescents and Young Adults of South Asian Descent
Amesika Nyaku Rutgers North Jersey Community Research Initiative Engaging People Who Use Drugs in the Development of Tailored Health Education Material


Investigator Academic Partner Community Partner Project Title
Qiana Brown Rutgers New Jersey State Police The COP Study: Communities and Officers working together to Prevent opioid use disorder


Investigator Academic Partner Community Partner Project Title
Slawa Rokicki Rutgers Central Jersey Family Health Consortium An Academic-Community Partnership to Prevent Perinatal Depression Among Low-income and Black Women
Walter Zahorodny Rutgers Statewide Parent Advocacy Network (SPAN) Partnership for Autism Awareness
Jose Centeno Rutgers RWJUH-CHPP and United Community Corporation Identifying Needs, Barriers, and Facilitators in the Care and Rehabilitative Services for Hispanic Adults with Post-stroke Aphasia: Perspectives from Caregivers
Christine Dimaculangan Rutgers Hyacinth AIDS Foundation Vaccination Outreach and Integrated Cardiovascular Risk Education in People Living with HIV
Richard Marlink Rutgers New Brunswick Tomorrow New Brunswick Tomorrow


Investigator Academic Partner Community Partner Project Title
Kathryn Edin Princeton Trenton Health Team Housing and Health in New Jersey’s Capital City
Pamela Rothpletz-Puglia Rutgers Leaguers, Inc. Needs Assessment of Family Functioning around Food Related Behaviors
Joachim Sackey Rutgers North Jersey Community Research Initiative Exploring diet quality and CVD risk factors among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex (LGBTQI) adults in Newark, NJ
Usha Ramachandran Rutgers Sai Datta Peetham Temple Diabetes Prevention Program in South Asians
Helmut Zarbl Rutgers Groundwork Elizabeth Healthy Air and Healthy Eating: Encouraging a Culture of Health in Elizabeth, NJ




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If your research has benefited from one or more of NJ ACTS resources, please remember to: 

  • Cite our CTSA grant, UL1TR003017, KL2TR003018 or TL1TR003019 in any relevant publications, abstracts, chapters, and/or posters. 
  • Submit your publications to PubMed Central (PMC) for compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy. 
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