Photos of our students and staff working on community projects

Research and community go hand in hand

We’re committed to facilitating and conducting research that addresses pressing community issues. And we believe the best way to do that is to involve the people of our communities in our research projects. When the research project is finished, we share our results with the community, ensuring it contributes to social change and improved quality of life.

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Community Engagement
Health Sciences, AA-171
1120 15th Street
Augusta, GA 30912


How does community-engaged research benefit everyone?

Using the community-engaged research model strengthens the overall project and positively influences both the researchers and the subjects.

Community-engaged research:

  • Improves the way findings are implemented to bring about change
  • Creates opportunities to improve the consent process and identify and resolve ethical pitfalls
  • Enhances the amount of public involvement and contribution
  • Increases academic partners’ understanding of the issue and appreciation of the value of community involvement
  • Improves the way studies are carried out, making it easier for community members to participate and benefit
  • Enhances community organizations’ knowledge and public profile, and helps them to create new partnerships with other organizations
  • Makes it possible for the general public to reap greater benefits from it

Notable community-engaged research efforts

Kicking the habit: The dangers of tobacco use

The cancer Community Awareness Access Research and Education (c-CARE) program at the Georgia Cancer Center is focused on educating people about the risks of tobacco use, lung cancer and to help them find a way to quit. c-CARE partnered with the housing authority to make sure every person living in all 12 Augsuta public housing communities can take part in the Tobacco Cessation Program at the Georgia Cancer Center.

Bringing health and wellness options to local neighborhoods

The mission of the PARCS laboratory is to better understand how the neighborhoods and communities in which we live, work, and play affect the health and well-being of residents of all ages. Taking a broad approach to understanding how both physical and social environmental influences affect physical activity promotion, obesity prevention, and community health in diverse settings.

LGBTQ healthcare and safety

Concerns about the safety of the LGBTQ community, financial health and intimate partner violence can have an effect on physical health among sexual minorities, according to researchers at the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University. Griffin and his colleagues found that people reported a greater number of days that they didn’t feel well when they had experienced concerns about finances and safety of LGBTQ individuals in the community. These concerns outweighed effects of lifetime experiences with discrimination.

Tackling Georgia’s Opioid Crisis

According to a white paper published by the Substance Abuse Research Alliance, 68 percent of the drug overdose deaths in Georgia in 2015 were due to opioid overdoses. Augusta university researchers recently received a five-year, $5 million grant from SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment that essentially funds a full-time licensed clinical social worker in each of the federally qualified health centers that fall in a geographic triangle formed by Augusta, Macon and Savannah in order to better identify, treat and track opioid use.

Community Engaged Research Programs

Institute of Public and Preventive Health

The Institute of Public and Preventive Health (IPPH) works to improve health, reduce health disparities, and prevent injuries and illnesses in Georgia through research, service, leadership, and training. The Institute is developing an initial agenda to support community health improvement in the following areas: Health behavior screening and education, Community health update for public and private stakeholders, Public and preventive health seminar series, and Development of new public health research projects.

Georgia Prevention Institute

GPI's mission is to improve health and healthcare across the lifespan through research, education, and service. In the GPI, AU is noted for its support of the community, as well as innovative research in both the community setting and in improving patient care through laboratory studies. Our research focuses on hypertension, diabetes, obesity, lung disease, kidney disease, osteoporosis, diet, inflammation, alcohol intake, music, stress reduction, and early life stress in high risk populations. Our continued growth and development will allow us to continue serving the community in disease prevention and treatment

Cancer Community Awareness Research and Education

The Georgia Cancer Center's c-CARE initiative is designed to improve cancer outcomes in minority and medically-underserved populations. c-CARE uses a sustainable and collaborative community-based approach for implementation in churches, clinics, and recreational centers. Community Healthcare Workers will deliver a series of educational modules. Each module will focus on cancers that are either preventable or have the potential to be detected early enough to change outcomes (e.g lung, breast, colon).

Funding & Partnership Opportunities

Community-engaged research funding

To assist faculty in identifying potential sponsors, the Division of Sponsored Program Administration (DSPA) provides access to sponsor web sites, an alphabetical listing with links directly to sponsor home pages, to, and announcements of funding by various federal and private sponsors.

DSPA subscribes to the Sponsored Program Information Network (SPIN) and GrantsSelect, web-based searchable databases available at no cost to the AU community.

Also directly accessible are the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation home pages, and information about intramural funding sponsored by the Augusta University Research Institute.

Grant proposal and submission support

Once you have identified a funding opportunity, it's time to prepare a proposal. Some federal agencies have specific application forms and/or their own web-based submission systems. We have tools to assist with your project proposal, crafting your project budget, and writing your grant.

Research partners wanted

Augusta University (AU) Research works with sponsors to create research partnerships that deliver! AU offers access to outstanding faculty researchers and facilities to help accomplish your research, whether long-term, multi-million dollar projects or short-term projects.

Our Research Centers and Institutes, along with Augusta University Health (AU Health) and the Georgia Research Alliance, offer industry, government, and institutional partners facilities for studies ranging from social science to medical science.

Innovation and Commercialization

The Office of Innovation Commercialization is proud to host the Life Sciences Business Development Center – a 14,000 square-foot facility that includes wet labs, offices, shared equipment, common areas and a lively atmosphere for innovation – all dedicated to incubating great ideas through its innovative startup companies. We are excited to be closely involved in Augusta University intellectual property commercialization-related activities with companies from the Fortune 100 to the newest startup firm.

Improving health through research

Clinical Trial Volunteers

Augusta University is actively participating in ways to improve the health and lives of the people of our community, our state, and around the world.

To do this, we conduct research, a great deal of which is done through clinical trials in humans (known as human subject research). There are many federal requirements that all research institutions must meet in order to conduct human subject research. At AU, we have an outstanding, dynamic, and growing group of researchers, administrators, and office staff ready to assist. Our defined strengths lie in the areas of:

  • Conventional clinical trials
  • Community, population health, social, behavioral, and educational research
  • Community education
  • Well-defined research initiation process
  • Ongoing and continued support for conduct of research
  • Integrated and technology advanced IT systems to support efficient research processes

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