CTSI Community Health Van

CTSI community research van

Conduct and disseminate health research in Minnesota with a mobile health van from CTSI. Eligible studies can use the van for free excluding fuel costs.

Request the CTSI Community Health Van


Applications will be reviewed within four weeks of submission.

Who can use the vehicle

  • University of Minnesota investigators
  • University-community research collaborations
  • Community organizations

Studies supported

This mobile health van supports research activities to engage Minnesotans, such as:

  • Surveys
  • Focus groups
  • Biospecimen collection
  • Anthropometric measurements
  • Similar data collection means
  • Collecting and transporting tests (e.g., for COVID-19)

Projects should also:

  • Have the potential to significantly impact individual and population health in a concrete and tangible way.
  • Contribute to proposals for external grant support for long-term research and evaluation projects.
  • Develop and sustain community-University partnerships.


  • SECA height and weight scale.
  • Wall-mounted desk and four chairs.
  • Internet connectivity (Hotspot supporting up to 15 devices).
  • Sphygmomanometer for blood pressure measurement (Omron HEM-705CPN).
  • Powered wheelchair lift.
  • Gas-powered generator with external power ports for powering equipment in the van.
  • Overhead ventilation.
  • Thermostat to regulate temperature in the van.
  • Private space for data collection and/or one-on-one interviews.
  • Space to accommodate a stationary bike or small treadmill. 
A view of the CTSI Community Health Van from the side


Twin Cities metro area: Free for intermittent use; excludes fuel.

Greater Minnesota: Charged mileage at the current federal rate.