Special Solicitation: Evaluating the Implementation and Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic-Driven Policies and Programs to Improve Children’s Health and Well-Being


Purpose: This CFP aims to fund research on how COVID-19-related relief and recovery policies, and now the post-pandemic recession, impact child health and well-being. HER is interested in understanding how pandemic-driven social and economic programs and policies related to poverty reduction—such as financial payments to families, income assistance programs, housing assistance or housing security programs, and increased access to social services—impact child obesity, diet quality, food and nutrition security, and other relevant child and family health outcomes among lower-income families and populations of color.

Studies must focus on children (0 to 18) and families 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 (e.g., Black, Latino/a, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander). Evidence generated through this special solicitation should be timely and policy-relevant, and aimed towards identifying policies and programs that advance nutrition and health equity.

Receipt Date:

October 12, 2022 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of concept papers in the online system. Concept papers submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

Total Awards: Grants will be awarded up to a maximum of $250,000 and 18 months in duration.
Eligibility: Please see detailed eligibilty information at Frequently Asked Questions (healthyeatingresearch.org).
Link: Current Funding Opportunities | Healthy Eating Research