Call for Proposals

Purpose: HER is interested in identifying policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies that have the strongest potential to reduce sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) consumption (especially fruit-flavored drinks) and increase safe drinking water access and intake among low-income and children of color (ages 0 to 5) who are at greatest risk for poor nutrition and obesity. For this CFP, HER is interested in research focused on young children in two main areas:

  1. SSB pricing strategies and taxes; and
  2. Achieving equity in reducing SSBs and increasing safe water access and intake.

Studies must focus on young children ages 0 to 5 years old in the United States, with high priority on those who are at highest risk for poor nutrition and obesity, specifically lower-income families and racially and ethnically diverse populations (Black, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders).

Receipt Date: September 16, 2020 (3 p.m. ET)
Total Awards: Approximately $1.8 million will be awarded under this CFP, resulting in the funding of about eight to ten grants. Each grant will award up to $225,000 for up to 24 months.
  • 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. Additional documentation may be required by Duke University.
  • 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.