Due Date: 02/16/21
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, they’ve supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care—and they have witnessed great progress. They have also noticed that the nation has worked to improve health by focusing primarily on the health care system when in fact, people’s health is influenced significantly by where they live, learn, work, and play. Time and time again, they have come to recognize that no matter the issue, no single organization or sector can change the trajectory of America’s health alone. RWJF is working alongside many others to build a national Culture of Health. The organization’s goal is to help raise the health of everyone in the United States by placing well-being at the center of every aspect of life to bring about meaningful change, now and for generations to come.
Research shows that the earliest years of life are a critical period of human development. Young children’s earliest relationships and experiences have a strong influence on brain development and future health and well-being; these foundational relationships and experiences occur in the context of families and communities. Yet, some families do not have access to the basic necessities and resources to foster the nurturing experiences and stimulating environments that young children need to thrive. These circumstances are especially likely to affect families of color, families living in rural areas, and other groups of families who experience gaps in access to supports and face disparities in outcomes related to health and well-being. The COVID-19 pandemic has made clear that current policies and practices fall short in supporting and facilitating families’ access to the social safety net system. Moreover, the pandemic has exacerbated the consequences of poverty, racism, and discrimination and exposed the health, economic, social, and other inequities vulnerable families experience. In the context of the pandemic, RWJF is taking steps to focus attention on and provide resources to families and communities facing the greatest strain.
About the Opportunity
The Equity-Focused Policy Research (EFPR) grant program seeks to fund a body of research that illuminates strategies and policies that enhance families’ equitable access to key resources for supporting their children’s healthy development. EFPR grants are guided by a research agenda that focuses on understanding the sources of inequities in families’ access to and use of key resources, identifying and testing innovations to advance equity, and building strategies for scaling up effective policies and approaches. The agenda addresses three policy areas as providing critical resources for families which include access to early care and education, income supports (such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and cash transfer programs) and income generation/replacement, and nutrition supports (such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program).
RWJF expects to make up to 20 awards that will range from $50,000 to $200,000 each through this funding opportunity. For projects that involve primary data collection through surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, and other methods (or a combination of methods), applicants may request up to $200,000, for a project duration of up to 24 months. Applicants should request amounts that are consistent with the scope and complexity of the research questions and methods they propose and for carrying out research methods aligned with the principles of equitable evaluation.
Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. All organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers.
How To Apply
All proposals for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system at www.rwjf.org/cfp/EFPR4 using the “Apply Online” link. If you have not already done so, you will be required to register at my.rwjf.org before you begin the proposal process.
The deadline for receipt of brief proposals is February 16, 2021.
The deadline for receipt of full proposals is May 11, 2021.