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A community-engaged approach to research has been recognized as a powerful vehicle for strengthening the links between research and practice. Because of its potential benefits, many leading funding sources (NIH, NSF, & RWJ to name a few!) increasingly encourage researchers to utilize a community-engaged approach. However, community-engaged research requires partnership development, cooperation and negotiation, collaboration with non-academic partners and a commitment to address stakeholders’ issues—each warranting special attention in the proposal development and grant-writing process. This session is aimed at developing strategies for writing community-academic collaborations into successful grant proposals. Presenters will discuss their success strategies, as well as tips for finding community partners for research.