Get connected

Researchers can look to Extension Health Research to assist in the recruitment of human subjects and participate directly in externally funded research by informing needs assessments, disseminating research or clinical findings, and implementing and evaluating health programs delivered to underserved audiences.

MSU Extension educators can contribute to grant writing teams or serve as time-limited grant-supported research staff. Some benefits of this partnership include:

  • Salary savings and research dollars are mutually beneficial through this university partnership.
  • Community-based research efforts enhance scholarship and benefit engaged universities that seek competitive funding. Communities can significantly impact research findings, adding to the generalizability of social research studies, especially those needed in understanding the social determinants of health.

Attend a Speed Meeting

“Speed Meetings” offer MSU faculty who conduct health research the opportunity to connect with MSU Extension educators face-to-face. This twice-yearly event provides a two-hour working lunch with up to ten rapid nine-minute presentations on human health programming by a variety of MSU Extension educators.

The goal of the event is to showcase to faculty the breadth and depth of MSU Extension programs currently provided within the state.

Following the rapid presentations, a period of discussion time furthers connections by allowing contact information to be exchanged so that subsequent meetings between MSU Extension staff and faculty can be arranged if research topics and interests are a match.

Meetings with individual researchers also occur outside of these speed meetings. They include full discussions on current, future, and potential grants for health projects that are emerging.

For further information about attending a Speed Meeting please contact:

Linda Cronk, M.A.                          

MSU Extension Educator,


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Increase recruitment in research studies using ResearchMatch

Extension Health Research is partnering with the MSU Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI) team to utilize ResearchMatch™. 

ResearchMatch™ is an online tool that connects the public with researchers looking for research participants and is available through partnerships between Vanderbilt University and over 120 institutions, including Michigan State University.

The Extension Health Research team is actively working with MSU CTSI to find ways to inform and connect diverse communities to this resource.

For further information about ResearchMatch™ please contact: 

Cathy Newkirk, M.S.                      

MSU Extension Educator,


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