Community Initiatives

To continue to promote and support the professionalization and institutionalization of community engagement manager in scientific societies and large-scale research collaborations

  • Amount $754,199
  • City Oakland, CA
  • Investigator Lou Woodley
  • Initiative Virtual Collaboration initiative
  • Year 2021
  • Program Technology
  • Sub-program Exploratory Grantmaking in Technology

The Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE) has quickly become the preeminent research and training center focused on promoting the essential role community managers play in the effective functioning of scientific communities and thus in the production and dissemination of scientific knowledge. Led by microbiologist Lou Woodley, CSCCE documents and disseminates best practices in scientific community management, designs online and in-person curricula, runs training seminars, and acts as an advocate among scientists for the professionalization and institutionalization of the community management role. Funds from this grant support the continued operation and expansion of the CSCCE, along with efforts to develop and implement a business sustainability plan that will allow the organization to continue providing services to the diverse community of an estimated 30,000 community managers inside STEM research organizations. Grant funds are being administered by Community Initiatives, Inc., acting as a fiscal sponsor for CSCCE.

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