Community Partners

Community partnership is critical to the work of the CASBBI NRT program. We seek to build long-term relationships, to develop a shared vision and goals, and to work together in a mutually-beneficial manner.

Do you have a need for a research project that will help your organization plan, evaluate, or report on your programs? Provide evidence for policy changes that will benefit the individuals or community that you serve? Understand changes in your community? CASBBI’s NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program is requesting proposals for NRT community-engaged design and data challenge projects. Propose a project here.

Why partner?

Have a voice in shaping research and outcomes relevant to the communities you serve

Connect with graduate students from different disciplines who are excited to work together to develop solutions relevant to community needs

Establish a pathway to Mason for aspiring scholars in your community

Expand your professional network

Ways to be involved

Participate in informational interviews with the students to help them understand the challenges faced by the communities you serve

Brainstorm with the students to identify workable solutions or approaches 

Connect students to others in your network who might be willing to share their knowledge

If you are interested in working with the NRT program, please contact Program Director Siddhartha Sikdar at

Disclaimer: Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.