Purpose: Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.
Receipt Date: Concept papers due June 24, 2015 by 3:00 pm EST (Deadline 1, Round 9 Grants), July 1 by 3:00 pm EST (New Connections Grants), and August 12, 2015 by 3:00 pm EST (Deadline 2, Round 9 Grants).
Total Awards: Approximately $2.75 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types. The anticipated allocation of funds is as follows:

  • Approximately $2.55 million will be awarded through Round 9. Each grant will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months.
  • Up to two RWJF New Connections grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program in this round of funding. Awards will be for 12- to 18-month grants of up to $100,000 each.
  • Eligibility:
For all grant opportunities:

  • Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations.
  • The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • The focus of this program is the United States; studies in other countries will be considered only to the extent that they may directly inform U.S. policy.

For RWJF New Connections Grants Awarded Through Healthy Eating Research. In addition to the eligibility criteria listed above, investigators must, at the time of application:

  • Have completed a doctorate or terminal degree (e.g., PhD, MD, JD) within 10 years of the start date of the grant (after December 15, 2005);
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident;
  • Not be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of RWJF, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson. The Officers are the Chairman of the Board of Trustees; President and CEO; Chief of Staff; General Counsel; Secretary; Assistant Secretary; Treasurer; and Assistant Treasurer of the Foundation;
  • Be affiliated with or sponsored by a university or an organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation under Section 509(a) of the Code. The sponsoring institution must agree to receive and administer the grant;
  • Be from a group that has been historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines supported by RWJF. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from ethnic and racial minorities historically underrepresented in research disciplines. It also includes persons of all races and ethnicities who come from groups that have historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines, such as first-generation college graduates and people from lower-income communities. These examples are intended to be illustrative, not exclusive. Applicants who do not fall within one of these categories but who believe they are from a historically disadvantaged or underrepresented background will have an opportunity to describe their individual circumstances as part of the online application process;
  • Hold a faculty or other research position in a university setting, or hold an equivalent position in a non-university setting, such as an independent research organization;
  • Demonstrate evidence of research skills relevant to the proposed study;
  • Propose a project that spans 12 to 18 months in duration;
  • Devote at least 25 percent of their time to the project; and
  • Have not received previous funding from RWJF as principal investigator
Link: http://healthyeatingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/HER_CFP_5_6_15-FINAL.pdf
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