UROC Research Agenda

The UROC Research Agenda is a framework for healing, equity and financial well-being that addresses three themes that community members and University of Minnesota researchers and practitioners identified as being critical to a thriving North Minneapolis and Twin Cities urban core. The agenda and its corresponding annual award competition aim to stimulate and guide collaborative research in the topic areas while improving outcomes through robust, long-term partnerships.

2021 UROC Research Agenda Grant Award announcement

The University of Minnesota Robert J. Jones Urban Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) seeks proposals by University of Minnesota faculty to address the critical issues outlined in the UROC Research Agenda through collaborative, community-based research projects. Grants of up to $15,000 will be awarded to three tenure-track or tenured faculty members at the University of Minnesota to support either one 0.25 FTE graduate research assistant to help plan, establish, implement, and evaluate strategic initiatives that advance the agenda's priorities, or to support other specific project needs. Proposals will be reviewed by a committee made up of University faculty, staff, and community members.

Applicants should submit the attached UROC 2021 Research Agenda Grant Application (including the proposal face page) by 8 p.m., Monday, October 25th, 2021 as a Word or PDF document to [email protected], with the subject header: “2021 UROC Research Agenda Grant Awards Selection Committee.” Only those applications received by the deadline will be considered for funding. All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their grant application by December 17, 2021.

2020 UROC Grant Awardees

eHEAT Dataset-based Support Tool for Energy Assistance Implementation in Minnesota

This project will create tools for community-based organizations to identify needs, allocate scarce resources, implement effective outreach in networks of local actors, and provide support for the neediest families and communities. It aims to alleviate “energy burden” by implementing energy assistance programs to households in need. Principal investigator: Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Assistant Professor Gabriel Chan, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, in partnership with Minnesota Department of Commerce and the Minnesota Community Action Partnership.


Linking Historical Trauma, Ambiguous Loss, and Financial Decision-Making Among African American Families


This research project aims to address economic disparities with a focus on African American families in the Northside community and provides training to help improve their financial well-being. The study hopes to alleviate financial traumas experienced by African Americans.Principal investigator: Family Social Science Professor Chalandra Bryant, College of Education and Human Development, in partnership with University of Minnesota Extension.


Operationalizing and Measuring Structural Racism in Minnesota

UROC's portion of the University's broader Multidimensional Measure of Structural Racism project will focus on exploring the measurement of the impact of structural racism in urban communities and also document the ways that Black communities have been and are currently systemically disenfranchised. Principal investigator: Health Policy and Management Associate Professor Rachel Hardeman, School of Public Health, in partnership with local North Minneapolis health care and clinic-based providers. 


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