Purpose: Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is an RWJF national program. 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. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

The primary goal of this call for proposals (CFP) is to fund and communicate strategic and timely research addressing key evidence needed to advance RWJF’s childhood obesity prevention priorities. A strong and credible evidence base and the ability to identify effective (and ineffective) policies and environmental strategies in a timely manner are essential for effective advocacy to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and close disparity gaps. Healthy Eating Research relies on researchers’ creativity and their responsiveness to the needs of advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers to generate innovative, timely, solution oriented, and policy-relevant studies.

Receipt Date: Jan. 7, 2015 (Concept paper deadline)
March 4, 2015 (Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals)
Total Awards: Approximately $425,000 will be awarded under this CFP. Awards up to 12 months and up to $75,000 each will be funded through this special solicitation. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply for projects that require between $25,000 and $75,000 to complete. Approximately two-thirds of the funds available will be allocated to studies focused on healthy food retail and one-third will be allocated to studies focused on early care and education.
Eligibility: 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.
  • 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.
Link: http://healthyeatingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/HER_CFP_12_2_14.pdf
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