Urbana, Ill. – University of Illinois Extension has announced the 2020 Extension Collaboration grant program. Offered through the Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center (EPECC), the program supports interdisciplinary collaborations between University of Illinois researchers and Extension professionals to pursue applied research and public outreach on critical issues in Illinois.

Prospective applicants are encouraged to attend the grant information and networking webinars this summer, beginning June 12. These sessions will cover emerging critical needs across Illinois and provide an opportunity to find partners with similar interests for proposal development.

“Now more than ever, university researchers and professionals are looking for ways to support and give back,” said Deborah Seiler, EPECC Coordinator. “That’s our business at Extension, and these grants help campus researchers and Extension professionals work with communities to address their needs.”

Applications will be accepted during the month of September 2020. Approximately 19 grants, with total funding of up to $60,000 per project over two years, will be supported. Support for the Extension Collaboration Grant Program is provided by the Office of the Provost Investment for Growth Program and Illinois Extension.

University of Illinois Extension is the flagship outreach effort of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, with nearly 700 staff and thousands of volunteers providing research and education to residents in all 102 Illinois counties. Extension professionals possess deep knowledge of state and local issues, trusted connections with community partners, and practical expertise in developing and translating research to benefit public stakeholders.

Source: Deborah Seiler, Coordinator, Extension and Public Engagement Connection Center

This article has been updated to reflect a change in program names.