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Lupus Research Alliance: Distinguished Innovator Award in Lupus and Autoimmunity

Grant Amount: $1 Million ($250,000 a year for four years)
Deadline: Letter of Intent due June 1, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Lupus; Autoimmunity,
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The Lupus Research Alliance works to fund the most innovative lupus research, foster diverse scientific talent, stimulate collaborations, and drive discovery toward better diagnostics, improved treatments, and, ultimately, a cure for lupus.

To advance its mission, the alliance welcomes applications for its Dr. William E. Paul Distinguished Innovator Award in Lupus and Autoimmunity. Through the program, grants of up to $1 million over four years will be awarded in support of bold and paradigm-shifting ideas that could lead to groundbreaking discoveries in lupus research. Research conducted under the program is expected to be highly innovative and address the fundamental causes of systemic lupus erythematosus, providing new directions toward a cure.

LRA welcomes novel, hypothesis- or discovery-driven proposals using clinically-relevant models in lupus research. The proposal must aim to uncover the fundamental causes of lupus and present a compelling vision of how the discovery would lay the groundwork for a cure, prevention, or highly effective therapy.

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Gerber Foundation: Pediatric Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $350,000 over three years
Deadline: Concept papers due May 15, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Pediatrics,
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The Gerber Foundation welcomes applications for research projects aimed at identifying solutions to common everyday issues and problems in the field of children’s health, nutrition, and/or development. Research program focus areas identified by the foundation include:

Pediatric Health — Of particular interest are applied research projects focused on reducing the incidence of serious neonatal and early childhood illnesses, or improving cognitive, social and emotional aspects of development.

Pediatric Nutrition — Projects that assure adequate nutrition to infants and young children, including applied research that evaluates the provision of specific nutrients and their related outcomes.

Environmental Hazards (Nutrient Competitors) — Projects that document the impact or ameliorate the effects of environmental hazards on the growth and development of infants and young children.

Major target areas for research include new diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, or less invasive; treatment regimens that are novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, and/or provide optimal dosing; symptom relief; preventative measures; assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.); and risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

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Focused Ultrasound Foundation: Pre-Clinical and Clinical Trial Awards

Grant Amount: $100,000 for one year
Deadline: May 1, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
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The Focused Ultrasound Foundation strives to create knowledge by funding research to accelerate the field of focused ultrasound toward the clinic and to improve patient care.

Funding supports investigators in academia and medical research disciplines around the globe and projects across various stages of research. Pre-Clinical Awards support early, proof-of-concept projects and animal studies aimed at either developing new therapeutic mechanisms or demonstrating pre-clinical safety or efficacy in specific disease areas. Clinical Trial Awards provide funding for first-in-human and other innovative clinical trials. In order to obtain funding, the proposed research must involve or advance the use of minimally or non-invasive image-guided focused ultrasound.

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Cystic Fibrosis Foundation: Pilot and Feasibility Awards

Grant Amount: $100,000 over two years
Deadline: May 13, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Cystic Fibrosis,
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The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation welcomes applications for its Pilot and Feasibility Awards program in support of basic research studies focused on the development and testing of new hypotheses in areas relevant to cystic fibrosis. Information derived from such studies must have the potential to lead to submission to other funding agencies such as the NIH. Proposed work must be hypothesis-driven and must reflect innovative approaches to critical questions in CF research.

Priority will be given to projects that propose to better understand the mechanisms behind disease pathophysiology and develop strategies to prevent or treat CF.

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Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation: Research Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $347,490 over three years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due May 5, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Inflammatory Bowel; Crohn's; Colitis,
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The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a nonprofit, volunteer-fueled organization dedicated to finding cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis and improving the quality of life for children and adults affected by these diseases.

To that end, the foundation welcomes applications for its Senior Research Awards program, which provides established researchers with funds needed to generate sufficient preliminary data to become competitive for funds from other sources such as the NIH. Through the program, grants of up to $115,830 per year for up to three years will be awarded in support of proposals relevant to Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Crohn’s disease, and/or ulcerative colitis.

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Craig H. Neilsen Foundation: Spinal Cord Injury Research on the Translational Spectrum (SCIRTS)

Grant Amount: $150,000 over two years
Deadline: Letter of intent due June 11, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Spinal Cord Injury,
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The Neilsen Foundation funds projects that are designed to improve and advance current treatments for acute and chronic spinal cord injury (SCI). This portfolio emphasizes SCI (vs. spinal cord disease or related disorders) and is intended to fill gaps in the field and to further develop new strategies to restore function resulting from SCI. The Neilsen Foundation does not intend to provide continuous funding to individual labs but to fund novel research throughout the translational spectrum.

SCIRTS Grants support research projects that include, but are not limited to:
Mechanistic Research, including the development of novel strategies aimed at:

  • Neuroprotection and/or elucidation of the pathological mechanisms that occur after SCI;
  • Pathophysiology of the injured spinal cord;
  • Promotion of neuronal survival, axonal regeneration, synaptogenesis, myelination, and functional connectivity after SCI;
  • Transplantation strategies for SCI recovery;
  • Pharmacological therapies to improve function after SCI;
  • Bioengineering solutions to improve function in persons with SCI; and
  • Chronic SCI treatment and issues related to aging with SCI.

Preclinical, Translational Research that will enable future clinical trials, such as:

  • The effects of SCI and novel interventions on sensory and motor function;
  • Use of preclinical models of SCI to develop interventions to alleviate complications of SCI including bowel, bladder, sexual and other autonomic dysfunctions, respiratory dysfunction, neuropathic pain, pressure sores, osteoporosis and the effects of aging with SCI; and
  • Trial-enabling studies, e.g., to confirm the mechanism of action for novel therapeutics, dosing, toxicity, etc.

Clinical Research, such as:

  • Studies to establish the natural history and progression of functional outcomes over time after SCI;
  • Efforts to develop and validate outcome measures needed to facilitate definitive clinical trials in SCI populations; and
  • Testing of innovative rehabilitation strategies and devices in persons with SCI.

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American Heart Association: Health Equity Research Network on Prevention of Hypertension

Grant Amount: The maximum budget amount that may be awarded to the network is $20 million, inclusive of funds to support coordinating center responsibilities and indirect costs of 10 percent maximum for all Projects and the Coordinating Center.
Deadline: May 13, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Health Equity; Hypertension,
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The American Heart Association seeks to provide a mechanism to advance the science of prevention of hypertension, with a focus on health equity. The Health Equity Research Network on Prevention of Hypertension is envisioned as a single network that encompasses multiple projects. An overall project plan will be developed by self-identified sites and submitted to the AHA as a coordinated submission. Proposed projects should have a common fundamental theme and should assess an intervention or approach to the prevention of hypertension in high-risk populations. Each project should be at a distinct institution and be led by a project principal investigator (PI). Each project also must have the needed research team, necessary infrastructure, and capacity to recruit and retain a diverse group of study participants.

At the agreement of the project PIs during development of the application, one project investigator will be designated the HERN Coordinating Center PI. All aspects of the application (each project and coordinating center) will be reviewed as a collective program, and each application should include a minimum of three and no more than five projects.

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American Academy of Sleep Medicine Foundation: Bridge to Success Award for Early Career Investigators

Grant Amount: $100,000 for one year
Deadline: June 7, 2021
Category: Early Career, Heath Sciences; Sleep Medicine,
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The Bridge to Success Award for Early Career Investigators is designed to provide ‘bridge’ funding to promising early career sleep and circadian scientists who have applied for a career development award such as a K-award grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), a CDA from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), or an equivalent career development grant from another federal or non-federal funding agency, but whose application was not within the funding range.

Through this award, the AASM Foundation aims to assist investigators at a critical juncture in their career where bridge funding can determine whether a promising sleep and circadian scientist stays in the sleep field or moves to a different career track. The funding provides support during the period of time needed for revision and resubmission of a promising application in response to reviewer critiques.

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Vilcek Foundation: 2022 Vilcek Prizes for Creative Promise in Biomedical Science

Grant Amount: $50,000
Deadline: June 11, 2021
Category: Diversity; Early Career; Biomedical research,
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The Vilcek Foundation will award three Creative Promise Prizes of $50,000 each to young, immigrant biomedical scientists who demonstrate outstanding early achievement.

Who should apply:

  • You were born outside the United States
  • You are not more than 38 years old
  • You have conducted creative, independent research in basic, applied, and/or translational biomedical science

Why should you apply:

  • Unrestricted cash prize of $50,000 is awarded to each prizewinner
  • Reflect on how your experience as an immigrant has shaped your success
  • Receive an invaluable endorsement of your contributions to biomedical science from leaders in your field
  • Winners are featured in a public relations campaign that promotes their work

For more information about eligibility and to apply, visit the Vilcek Foundation website.

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John Templeton Foundation: ‘Character Through Community’ Initiative Grants

Grant Amount: Open
Deadline: June 11, 2021
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Through its “Character Through Community” RFP, the foundation seeks to help organizations that are well-positioned to strengthen their understanding and implementation of character development through communities of practice.

By “character,” the foundation means the thoughts, attitudes, and motivations that guide a person’s behavior. These qualities are sometimes called strengths of heart, mind, and will, and include virtues such as gratitude, generosity, curiosity, humility, and self-control.

By “communities of practice,” the foundation means groups that come together regularly to share knowledge, innovate, and solve problems. It is in such communities and in close relationships that people can grow and strengthen qualities of character.

For the purposes of this funding competition, the foundation is most interested in groups that impact at least a thousand individuals. Members of communities that fall into the Character Virtue Development Department’s key priorities — education, faith communities, parent/primary caregiver organizations, and organizations in the City of Philadelphia — are especially encouraged to apply.

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Spencer Foundation: Conference Grants in Racial Equity in Education Research

Grant Amount: Up to $50,000
Deadline: May 6, 2021
Category: Racial Equity; Conference Grants,
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This program provides support to scholars, practitioners, and policy makers interested in developing small research conferences or focused symposia budgets of up to $50,000 that explore critical issues in racial equity in education research. To that end, the program seeks proposals with the potential to bring together researchers, practitioners, policy makers, or other important collaborators whose expertise, substantive knowledge and practice, theoretical insight, and/or methodological expertise can be engaged in ways that help build on and advance racial equity in education research, practice, or policy.

Proposals are welcomed that aim to grow the current scope of research on racial equity, develop new knowledge through interdisciplinary scholarly engagement, or as a way to collaborate to increase the impact of educational research. Applicants are encouraged to carefully and innovatively think about the format and pedagogy of their proposed conference or convenings. The program is not restricted to traditional formats, so, for example, applicants might consider a series of smaller convenings that are in-person or online, or some combination of both.

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Donaghue Foundation: ‘Higher Value’ Healthcare System Awards

Grant Amount: Up to $400,000 over two years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due April 26, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Healthcare costs; Population Health; Public Health,
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The Donaghue Foundation envisions a world in which continual improvement in people’s health as a result of research is converted into practical benefit.

To help advance this mission, the foundation welcomes applications for its 2021 Greater Value Portfolio program. The goal of the program is to test approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the health care they provide to their patients and communities.

To that end, grants of up to $400,000 over up to two years will be awarded in support of promising approaches aimed at creating a higher value healthcare system. The proposed research should be focused on developing actionable solutions to one or more of the symptoms of low-value health care: high and rising costs; unwarranted variation in prices and/or quality; unaffordable cost-of-care burden on patients and families; and/or lack of transparency in both price and outcomes.

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Chan Zuckerberg Initiative: Grants to Encourage More Ancestral Representative Research

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: May 25, 2021
Category: Diversity; Research,
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Diseases manifest differently in different people, and ancestry is one factor that impacts disease severity, outcome, and treatment. Individuals of European ancestry account for 80 percent of genomics data, and studies based on a narrow slice of ancestral background are often not generalizable to all people. To help fill these gaps in scientific knowledge, the Ancestry Networks for the Human Cell Atlas Request for Applications (RFA) will support teams of researchers to generate healthy, single-cell reference data from historically understudied populations.

The Ancestry Networks RFA builds off of CZI’s experience supporting the work of ten collaborative research teams that studied tissue samples from a diversity of populations, including people who are Black, Latinx, Asian, and Indigenous, as an initial step in addressing equal representation in the Human Cell Atlas. The new RFA will support collaborative networks of researchers for three-year projects. Teams should consist of at least three and up to ten principal investigators, including at least one computational biologist or data scientist and one expert in single-cell biology. Community-based participatory researchers should be involved in the collaboration to ensure that the research is attuned to the needs of and connected with the participating donor communities.

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Environmental Research & Education Foundation: Sustainable Waste Management Grants

Grant Amount: Up to $500,000
Deadline: Pre-proposals due May 1, 2021
Category: Sustainability; Waste Management,
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The Environmental Research & Education Foundation (EREF) provides funding and directs scientific research and educational initiatives related to waste management practices for the benefit of industry participants and the communities they serve.

To that end, EREF welcomes applications for projects and research related to sustainable solid waste management practices. The following topic areas will be considered for grants: waste minimization; recycling; waste conversion to energy, biofuels, chemicals, or other useful products (including waste-to-energy, anaerobic digestion, composting, and other thermal or biological conversion technologies); strategies to promote diversion to higher and better uses (e.g., organics diversion, market analysis, optimized material management, logistics, etc.); and landfilling.

Previously awarded grants have ranged from $15,000 to more $500,000, with the average grant amount in recent years averaging $160,000 over an average of two years.

EREF defines solid waste to include municipal solid waste (e.g., residential, commercial, institutional); construction and demolition debris; certain industrial wastes (e.g., exploration and production waste, coal ash); and other wastes typically managed by the solid waste industry or generated by the public not included in the above items (e.g., electronic waste, disaster debris, et cetera).

Pre-proposals will be accepted starting from fifteen days prior to the deadline date and up to the close of business (5:00 p.m. ET) on May 1. Pre-proposals must be received during this window to be considered. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

Eligible applicants include U.S. and non-U.S.-based institutions; proposals will be accepted from non-academic institutions provided the principal investigators are qualified to conduct the research. Principal investigators (PI) may include full-time faculty at academic institutions, postdoctoral employees, and principals or senior personnel at non-academic institutions.

See the Environmental Research & Education Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Foundation for Women’s Wellness: Women’s Health Research Grants

Grant Amount: $25,000
Deadline: April 26, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Women's Health; Research,
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The foundation is accepting applications for its 2021 FWW Research Awards program, which will award grants of up to $25,000 to small, short-term studies with the potential to improve medical care in leading women’s health concerns, including cardiovascular disease, female cancers, the role of hormones in disease, and stage-of-life health issues such as pregnancy and menopause, as well as diseases disproportionately affecting women.

To be eligible, the lead investigator must be an MD and/or PhD with a faculty appointment at an accredited U.S. academic institution or similar nonprofit medical research institution that receives NIH and/or public foundation grants.

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American Physical Society: Advancement of Physics Awards

Grant Amount: Between $25,000 and $100,000 per year for two years
Deadline: Preliminary Proposals Due April 22, 2021
Category: Physics,
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APS welcomes applications for its Innovation Fund, which will award grants of between $25,000 and $100,000 per year for up to two years in support of collaborative projects that support the society’s mission. Projects should be led by current APS members and advance an interest of the physics community that have arisen as a result of current circumstances and align with the APS Strategic Plan.

Proposals could include, but are not limited to: a task force, workshop, or study to explore a critical issue facing the physics community; an innovative public engagement experiment; a new approach to science advocacy; a means to advance key APS member interests including diversity, careers, education, or member services; or a path to enable APS to have greater industry engagement or global impact.

Preliminary proposals are due April 22, 2021. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by July 1, 2021.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Interdisciplinary Research Leaders

Grant Amount: $75,000 stipend + $150,000 project costs
Deadline: May 5, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Health Equity,
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Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) is a three-year national leadership development program that aims to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations. Achieving health equity—especially for communities of color, those in low socioeconomic positions, and Native populations—is a core value of the program.

Fellows in this national leadership program are researchers and community partners working together in three-person teams. Teams will generate high-quality, community-engaged research useful for dismantling structural racism and improving health and health equity.

Applicants should focus on one of the two subthemes: structural racism in health care and structural racism and community health and well-being.

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Michelson Medical Research Foundation: Global Diseases, Immunology, Vaccine, Immunotherapy Research

Grant Amount: $150,000
Deadline: June 18, 2021
Category: Immunology; Vaccines; Climate Change,
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The Michelson Prizes are annual awards of $150,000, which support young investigators under the age of 35 who are using disruptive concepts and inventive processes to significantly advance human immunology and vaccine and immunotherapy discovery research for major global diseases. The Prizes are funded by the Michelson Medical Research Foundation and overseen by the Human Vaccines Project. The application window for the 2021 Prizes will run from April 1 – June 18, 2021.

The 2021 Michelson Prizes will be looking for research proposals in two areas: Human Immunology and Vaccine Research and Climate Change and Human Immunology.

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J.M. Kaplan Fund: J.M.K. Innovative Prize

Grant Amount: Up to $175,000
Deadline: April 30, 2021
Category: Social Justice; Environment; Heritage Conservation,
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The J.M.K. Innovation Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of:

  • Social Justice: Buttressing democracy, voter education, and reforms to the criminal justice and immigration systems.
  • The Environment: Slowing the pace of climate change and mitigating climate impacts.
  • Heritage Conservation: Conserving the places that communities care about most.

Projects should:
·         represent a game-changing answer to a clearly identified need;
·         be innovative within one or more of the Fund’s three program areas;
·         demonstrate the potential to develop an actionable pilot or prototype with Prize funding; and
·         hold out the promise to benefit multiple individuals, communities, or sectors through a clearly articulated theory of change.

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Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: Clinical Quality Measures to Improve Diagnosis

Grant Amount: $250,000 to $500,000 over 18 months
Deadline: May 10, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Quality Improvement,
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To align with the foundation’s principles of supporting work that is important, measurable, and impactful, they have identified three categories of disease that comprise the most common and most harmful diagnostic errors, including acute vascular events (such as stroke and myocardial infarction), infections (such as sepsis and pneumonia), and cancer (such as lung cancer and colorectal cancer). Proposals must relate to one or more of these three broad categories.

For this grant opportunity, there must be, at minimum, a proposed measure of diagnostic performance based on obtainable evidence in one or more of the three priority categories listed above. The expected work requires two interlinked activities: 1) development of the rationale for a measure and 2) operationalizing the measure into an algorithm. Prior work in measure development is useful but not required.

The next webinar will be held on Monday, April 12th. Please email diagnosis@moore.org to RSVP.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative: 2021 Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science

Grant Amount: Up to $750,000 over three years
Deadline: May 3, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Neuroscience,
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The Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is pleased to announce the launch of the Human Cognitive and Behavioral Science program, a new annual request for applications (RFA) developed to recognize the importance of, as well as the unique challenges associated with studies that directly involve individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

For this RFA, SFARI prioritizes science that produces foundational knowledge about the neurobehavioral differences associated with ASD and directly informs the development or refinement of tools needed for translational efforts, such as biomarkers and outcome measures. Special emphasis is placed on objective, quantitative measures that may be used in conjunction with standardized clinical measures and genomic information to better triangulate phenotypic and neurobiological variability within and across individuals with ASD. In particular, we encourage studies that capitalize on approaches to behavioral analysis that are informed by recent advances in computer vision and machine learning, as well as psychophysics and non-invasive neuroscience techniques (e.g., EEG and MRI).

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Gerber Foundation: Pediatric Research Grants

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Concept Papers Due May 15, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Pediatrics,
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The Foundation’s mission focuses on infants and young children. Accordingly, priority is given to projects that improve the nutrition, care and development of infants and young children from the first year before birth to three years of age.

The Foundation is particularly interested in fresh approaches to solving common, everyday problems or emerging issues within its defined focus areas. Projects should focus on issues faced by care providers that, when implemented, will improve the health, nutrition and/or developmental outcomes for infants and young children. The board is particularly looking for practical solutions that can be easily and rapidly implemented on a broad scale with a predictable time frame to clinical application.

Major target areas for research include:

  • New diagnostic tools that may be more rapid, more specific, more sensitive, less invasive
  • New treatment regimens that are improved or novel, less stressful or painful, more targeted, have fewer side effects, provide optimal dosing
  • Symptom relief
  • Preventative measures
  • Assessment of deficiencies or excesses (vitamins, minerals, drugs, etc.)
  • Risk assessment tools or measures for environmental hazards, trauma, etc.

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William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

Grant Amount: Between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due May 5, 2021
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The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on improving the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth.

Over the past decade, a growing body of research has illuminated the conditions that facilitate the use of research evidence in policy and practice. For example, studies find that when research is relevant to decision makers, deliberated over thoughtfully, and embedded in policymaking processes, routines, and tools, the findings are more likely to be used. Still, there remain many unanswered questions that are critical to understanding how to improve the production and use of research evidence. What’s more, there is a scarcity of evidence supporting the notion that research use in policy and practice will necessarily improve youth outcomes. Serious scientific inquiry is needed. We need to know the conditions under which using research evidence improves decision making, policy implementation, service delivery, and, ultimately, youth outcomes. In short, we need research on the use of research.

Toward this end, we seek studies that identify, build, and test strategies to enhance the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. We are particularly interested in research on improving the use of research evidence by state and local decision makers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries. Some investigators will focus on the strategies, relationships, and other supports needed for policy and practice organizations to use research more routinely and constructively. Others may investigate structures and incentives within the research community to encourage deep engagement with decision makers. Still other researchers may examine activities that help findings inform policy ideas, shape practice responses, and improve systems.

Studying ways to improve the use of research evidence will require new and innovative ideas, and we welcome creative studies that have potential to advance the field. Proposals for studies are evaluated on the basis of their fit with our interests; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform improvements to research use; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.

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William T. Grant Foundation: Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

Grant Amount: Between $100,000 and $600,000 over two to three years
Deadline: Letter of Inquiry Due May 5, 2021
Category: Inequality,
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The Foundation’s mission is to support research to improve the lives of young people ages 5-25 in the United States. One way that we pursue this mission is by investing in high-quality field-initiated studies on reducing inequality in youth outcomes.

Our focus on reducing inequality grew out of our view that research can do more than help us understand the problem of inequality—it can generate effective responses. We believe that it is time to build stronger bodies of knowledge on how to reduce inequality in the United States and to move beyond the mounting research evidence about the scope, causes, and consequences of inequality.

Toward this end, we seek studies that aim to build, test, or increase understanding of programs, policies, or practices to reduce inequality in the academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes of young people. We prioritize studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

Proposals for studies are evaluated based on their fit with our interests in reducing inequality; the strength and feasibility of their designs, methods, and analyses; their potential to inform change; and their contribution to theory and empirical evidence.

The Foundation does not have a preference for a particular research design or method. We begin application reviews by looking at the research questions or hypotheses. Then we evaluate whether the proposed research designs and methods will provide empirical evidence on those questions. We support studies from a range of disciplines, fields, and methodologies, and we encourage investigations into various systems, including justice, housing, child welfare, mental health, and education. The most competitive proposals often incorporate data from multiple sources and often involve multi-disciplinary teams.

Across all of our programs, we strive to support a diverse group of researchers in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and seniority, and we encourage research projects led by African American, Latinx, Native American, and Asian Pacific American researchers.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

Grant Amount: Up to $500,000 over 36 months
Deadline: One page Letter of Intent Due April 30, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; social services; public health,
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Achieving racial equity and health equity in American communities requires effective solutions to the “wrong-pocket problem”: we invest in systems that are designed to improve social and economic conditions—such as housing, transportation, education, income, and employment assistance; child and family supports; and legal and criminal justice services—but the financial benefits of these often flow elsewhere, in reduced costs for medical care from diseases and injuries prevented. This creates imbalances in power, information, and financial resources that exist across medical, social, and public health systems—a fundamental problem that confronts many attempts at meaningful cross-sector collaboration. Such solutions must allow collaborating organizations to equitably share in the costs and the benefits of multisector collaborative initiatives, and to share in the power and influence that govern these initiatives.

This call for proposals (CFP) will provide funding for new research to rigorously test and evaluate innovative solutions to the wrong-pocket problem that persists across health and social service systems.

Each study funded under the S4A program will undertake the following activities:

  • Design and implement the proposed study that evaluates the impact of an innovative solution to a wrong-pocket problem involving social service systems, medical systems, and/or public health systems.
  • Engage local, state, and/or national stakeholders in the design, implementation, and translation of the research project.
  • Work collaboratively with the S4A national coordinating center and other S4A research investigators to identify and leverage potential synergies across research projects and to disseminate results broadly.
  • Participate actively both in research dissemination and translation mechanisms organized by the national coordinating center and RWJF, including research-in-progress webinars, blogs, podcasts, research meetings, and policy briefings.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for research expansion, replication, and follow-on studies from RWJF and other research funding agencies.
  • Attend RWJF’s Annual Sharing Knowledge Conference and 4Action Conference each year the grant is active

Because S4A is a research program, all applicants should make sure that their team includes individuals with relevant expertise in scientific research design, data analysis methodologies, and scientific publication. Applicants from nonacademic settings, which do not have an embedded research unit, are strongly encouraged to partner with a research institution to provide this expertise. As part of this funding award, RWJF may suggest that selected applicants get training and technical assistance from one of several excellent resources like those at RESDAC, SHADAC, All-In, and AcademyHealth.

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Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute: Optimizing Infrastructure for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research

Grant Amount: $6.5 million for CRNs with up to 7 data contributing sites; $7.5 million for CRNs with greater than 7 data contributing sites
Deadline: Full Applications Due April 6, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
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PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Network is intended to serve as a national resource for conducting rapid, efficient, patient-centered observational and interventional randomized research that improves healthcare delivery and health outcomes.

This announcement describes the scope of work for PCORnet Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) for Phase 3 and available funding to allow for Phase 3’s execution. CRNs are system-based networks that include hospitals and community based-practices, and that may include health plans, all of which routinely and securely collect individual patient-level data. A list of currently funded PCORnet Network Partners can be found at www.pcornet.org.

In Phase 3 of PCORnet, CRNs will ensure the continuity and optimization of critical CRN resources and operations developed in prior phases to facilitate implementation of definitive research studies that are national in scope. Phase 3 will focus on optimizing infrastructure to increase diversity of populations and care settings, efficiently implement research studies addressing PCORI’s Strategic Research Priorities, strengthen patient and stakeholder engagement, and deliver high-fidelity, high integrity data.

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Merck KGaA: 2021 Research Grants that Stimulate Innovation (multiple opportunities)

Grant Amount: 40,000 € - 450,000 € per year for up to 3 years
Deadline: August 31, 2021
Category: Health Sciences,
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Merck KGaA offering a series of research grants to stimulate innovative research in challenging areas of future importance. Grants of 40,000 € – 450,000 € per year for up to 3 years are available in the areas as further specified below.

Drug Discovery – 3 grants comprising 350,000 €/year for 3 years with the option of extension.
Real time testing and sensors – grant comprising between 100,000 – 500,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
Nanoparticle for nucleic acid delivery  – grant comprising between 100,000 – 300,000 $/year for 2 years with the option of extension
Digital Innovation – 3 grants comprising 40,000 – 100,000 € for 1 year with the option of extension
Bioelectronics – grant comprising 150,000 €/year for 3 years
Sustainability – grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
Media recycling for cultured meat – grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis
Organoids – grant/s to be negotiated on a case by case basis

The Research Grants program is open to scientists in all career stages who are affiliated with any research-based institution, university or company. Applicants submit their application for the focus topics containing non-confidential information only. You may apply for more than one grant or submit your application for more than one focus topic. If your application is successful, you are invited to submit a full proposal under confidentiality and join a deep-dive workshop with the other finalists. All applicants will be informed about the decision of the selection committee at the beginning of October.

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Cure Spinal Muscular Atrophy: Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Grant Amount: $100,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Pediatrics; Spinal Muscular Atrophy,
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Cure SMA works for a world without spinal muscular atrophy, the number-one genetic cause of death for infants, and funds and directs research that drives breakthroughs in treatment and care and provides individuals with SMA and their families the support they need.

To that end, the organization invites applications for funding to Implement Newborn Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

Grants of up to $100,000 will be awarded in support of activities that enable states to pre-symptomatically identify and treat pediatric SMA patients through the implementation of newborn-screening programs. Through this funding, Cure SMA intends to facilitate the ability of state laboratories to implement and conduct newborn screening for SMA.

Possible funded activities include but are not limited to:

Screening Implementation Support — Such as pilot screening, assay validation, additional personnel and staff training, equipment needed to perform the assay, and IT resources to perform the assay.

Data Gathering/Patient Follow-up and Support — Such as collection of data on infants identified as SMA positive via NBS, including but not limited to collaborations with Cure SMA and appropriate personnel/resources needed to ensure adequate patient referral/counseling.

See the Cure SMA website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Russell Sage Foundation: Research Grants

Grant Amount: Commensurate with project scope
Deadline: Letter of Intent Due May 4, 2021
Category: Behavioral Economics, COVID-19, Decision Making & Human Behavior in Context, Economic Inequality, Future of Work, Political Inequality, Social Inequality,
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For its next deadline, the Russell Sage Foundation will accept letters of inquiry related to Behavioral EconomicsDecision Making & Human Behavior in ContextFuture of Work; and Social, Political, and Economic Inequality. The Foundation will also accept letters of inquiry relevant to any of its core programs that address at least one of the following issues:

  1. Research on the Covid-19 pandemic and the resulting recession in the U.S. Specifically, research that assesses the social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences of the pandemic, especially its effects on marginalized individuals and groups and on trust in government and other institutions.
  2. Research focused on systemic racial inequality and/or the recent mass protests in the U.S. Specifically, research that investigates the prevalence of racial disparities in policing and criminal justice and their social, political, economic, and psychological causes and consequences; the effects of the current social protest movement and mass mobilization against systemic discrimination; the nature of public attitudes and public policies regarding policing, criminal justice, and social welfare; and the effects of those attitudes in the current political environment.

LOIs must include specific information about the proposed data and research design. If you are unsure about the foundation’s expectations, we strongly recommend that you review the grant writing guidelines on our website and also view an instructional webinar. Successful proposals from this round can have a start date on or after December 1, 2021.

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American Psychological Foundation: Marian R. Stuart Grant

Grant Amount: $20,000
Deadline: July 1, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Public Health; Mental Health,
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The Marian R. Stuart Grant will further the research, practice, or education of an early career psychologist on the connection between mental and physical health, particularly for work that contributes to public health.

Examples include but are not limited to research-based programs that teach medical doctors counseling skills; research-based programs on the effect of behavior on health; and research-based programs on psychologists’ role in medical settings for the benefit of patients.

Preference will be given to psychologists working in medical schools.

Applicants must:

  • Be an early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral).
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational, or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.

IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

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Dr. Howard W. Jones, Jr. Public Policy, Medical Education, or Scientific Advancement Prize

Grant Amount: $10,000
Deadline: Rolling
Category: Health Sciences; Reproductive Medicine, Public Policy; Medical Education,
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The Jones Foundation supports vital research in reproductive medicine through annual and multi-year funding grants. At the direction of the Board of Directors, the Jones Foundation currently supports translational research projects, educational programs and ethical seminars.

This prize is designed to recognize those whose contributions to public policy and/or medical education have significantly advanced the specialty of reproductive medicine.

The Foundation strives to provide resources to the scientific community so that there may be intellectual, creative and well prepared scientific leaders in the global environment of the 21st century by:

  • Fostering the development of innovative, high-quality research by new and established investigators in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Educating the general public, including physicians, administrators and legislators, about the issues of public policy topics that will assist the general public and others in making informed decisions regarding fertility treatment and reproductive medical issues.
  • Serving as catalyst to scientific investigators by reviewing and selecting for an annual Award, one or more significant research projects that advanced the field of reproductive medicine.

The Medical Executive Committee of the Howard and Georgeanna Jones Foundation will review the credentials of the nominees and the awardee will be notified.

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund: Postdoctoral Enrichment Program in Biomedical Sciences

Grant Amount: $60,000 over three years
Deadline: January 14, 2021
Category: Health Sciences; Biomedical Sciences,
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The Postdoctoral Enrichment Program provides a total of $60,000 over three years to support the career development activities for underrepresented minority postdoctoral fellows in a degree-granting institution in the U.S. or Canada whose training and professional development are guided by mentors committed to helping them advance to stellar careers in biomedical or medical research.

Generally, up to 12 awards will be granted for enrichment activities annually. This grant is meant to supplement the training of postdocs whose research activities are already supported. It is not a research grant.

The program provides a total of $60,000 over three years as follows:

– Year one: $20,000 to support enrichment activities of postdoctoral fellow ($10,000 for research supplies or equipment uniquely required to enhance postdoctoral fellow’s research and $10,000 for education and training, including for mentors in research lab where postdoctoral fellow is assigned.)
– Year two: $20,000 (same as year one)
– Year three:  $20,000 to help postdoctoral fellow advance research efforts towards the professoriate.  Funds must be used to develop independent, innovative areas of research.

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Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI): Supplement to Enhance Equity and Diversity Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Diversity, Health Sciences; Autism; Equity,
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The mission of the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (SFARI) is to improve the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by funding innovative research of the highest quality and relevance.

Objectives
With the understanding that diversity in the scientific workforce is an important element for the goal of advancing autism science, SFARI announces a new program that will provide supplements to existing grants for the recruitment of new lab members from American underrepresented minority groups at the postdoctoral level. For the purposes of this supplement, eligible groups include the following: African American/Black; Latin American/Hispanic; Native American/Alaskan Native; Native Hawaiian/other Pacific Islander (including Filipino).

The goal of this award is to increase diversity and fight inequity. SFARI Principal Investigators (PIs) are encouraged to recruit candi­­­­­­­­dates for this supplement not only at their home institution, but also at historically Black colleges and universities and other institutions with high minority enrollment. SFARI will not award supplements to fund current lab members, even if they are not funded by the original SFARI award.

To facilitate the academic success and independence of selected postdoctoral research associates, SFARI will organize networking opportunities with peer awardees, other SFARI grantees (including both early career and senior investigators) and SFARI staff.

As a condition for accepting the grant, the mentor and candidate must agree to work together to submit one or more applications for federal and/or non-federal postdoctoral fellowship awards before the end of the second year. Continuation of the award for a third year of funding is not contingent on success in these applications, but writing such proposals is an important part of training for future in science.

Level and Duration of Funding
Current PIs may request up to $100,000 per year for up to three years. This is intended to cover the full salary and fringe benefits of the selected postdoctoral research associate, travel and other professional development opportunities for the postdoctoral research associate, and the associated indirect costs. Funds may also be used to purchase additional lab supplies needed to accommodate the research plan but are limited to $10,000 per year.

PIs will be required to provide annual updates to SFARI on the new lab member’s productivity as part of their required project progress reports.

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American Gastroenterological Association: Research Scholar Award

Grant Amount: Up to $300,000 over three years
Deadline: November 9, 2020
Category: Health Sciences; Gastroenterology,
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This award provides $100,000 per year for three years (totaling $300,000) to early-career faculty (i.e., investigator, instructor, research associate or equivalent) working toward an independent career in digestive disease research.

The objective of the AGA Research Foundation Research Scholar Award (RSA) is to support early-career investigators working toward independent and productive research careers in digestive diseases by ensuring that a major proportion of their time is protected for research (i.e., a minimum of 75 percent effort dedicated to the proposed project). The award will support junior faculty (not fellows) who have demonstrated exceptional promise and have some record of accomplishment in research.

Resources allocated through this award are intended to support the career development of the applicant. The applicant must allocate a minimum of 75 percent effort to the proposed project.

Applicants are required to have a sponsor and mentor for the award; one individual may serve in the capacity of both positions. A sponsor (typically a division chief or department chair) is an individual who takes responsibility for the quality assessment of the proposed research project, the quality of the research environment within which the project will be undertaken, and the experience and expertise of the principal investigator and other key researchers involved. A mentor will supervise the principal investigator’s research activities ensuring timelines and deliverables and will work with the applicant to create a research career development plan.

The intent of this award is to foster the scientific independence of junior investigators. Applicants whose research activities become incorporated into a grant application from a senior mentor will need to clearly delineate the scientific and experimental distinctions between their respective programs. This requirement applies both to pending applications submitted prior to review of this award and to applications submitted during the term of the RSA. It must also be clearly stated how the work submitted by the applicant is that of the applicant and not of the senior mentor(s).

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The Laura and John Arnold Foundation: Demonstrating the Power of Evidence-Based Programs on Major U.S. Social Problems

Grant Amount: $1M to $5M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Social Science, Social Work,
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A central goal of U.S. evidence-based policy reform is to focus government and philanthropic funding on social programs and practices (“interventions”) that have credible evidence of meaningful positive effects on people’s lives. The imperative for doing so is clear: Most social interventions are unfortunately found not to produce the hoped-for effects when rigorously evaluated – a pattern that occurs not just in social spending but in other fields, such as medicine and business. Thus, without a strong focus on evidence-based interventions, it is hard to see how social spending can successfully address poverty, educational failure, violence, drug abuse, and other critical U.S. problems.

The Laura and John Arnold Foundation’s (LJAF) Moving the Needle initiative seeks to spur expanded implementation of such interventions in order to make significant headway against U.S. social problems. Specifically, the initiative is designed to encourage state or local jurisdictions, or other entities, to:
1. Adopt social interventions shown in well-conducted randomized controlled trials (RCTs) to produce large, sustained effects on important life outcomes;
2. Implement these interventions on a sizable scale with close adherence to their key features; and
3. Determine, through a replication RCT, whether the large effects found in prior research are successfully reproduced so as to move the needle on important social problems.

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Public Understanding of Science, Technology & Economics

Grant Amount: Less than $4M
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Science, Social Science,
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The program’s primary aim is to build bridges between the two cultures of science and the humanities and to develop a common language so that they can better understand and speak to one another–and ultimately to grasp that they belong to a single common culture.

The Foundation has established a nationwide strategy that focuses on books, theater, film, television, radio, and new media to commission, develop, produce, and distribute new work mainstreaming science and technology for the lay public.

– Books
– Film
– New Media
– Radio
– Television
– Theater

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Carnegie Corporation of New York: Education

Grant Amount: Upper $1,250,000
Deadline: Continuous
Category: Education,
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American public education prepares all students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions they need to be active participants in a robust democracy and to be successful in the global economy. Under this program, Carnegie has the following Focus Areas.

1. Leadership and Teaching to Advance Learning. Improving systems of preparing, recruiting, and developing teachers and education leaders to serve the needs of diverse learners;

2. New Designs to Advance Learning. Developing whole-school models that provide more effective learning environments for diverse learners;

3. Public Understanding. Supporting research on strategies that can drive parent and family engagement in education;

4. Pathways to Postsecondary Success. Improving alignment in student learning expectations between K-12 and postsecondary education; improving postsecondary education

5. Integration, Learning, and Innovation. Advancing integrated approaches across the Corporation’s portfolios and the field that enable greater collaboration, coherence, and dynamism;

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – Evidence for Action

Grant Amount: up to ~$500,000
Deadline: Open/Rolling
Category: Health Sciences, Social Science,
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Evidence for Action, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health. A Culture of Health is broadly defined as one in which good health and well-being flourish across geographic, demographic, and social sectors; public and private decision-making is guided by the goal of fostering equitable communities; and everyone has the opportunity to make choices that lead to healthy lifestyles. The foundation’s Culture of Health Action Framework, which was developed to catalyze a national movement toward improved health, well-being, and equity, guides program strategy. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis; there is no deadline. Applicants are notified within 6-9 weeks of their submission. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have 2 months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. You should request the amount of funding you will need to complete your proposed research project – including both direct and indirect costs for the entire duration of your study. Typical grant durations may be up to 36 months, with some exceptions when durations of up to 48 months are justified. Visit the Grantee section of this website for a sense of the number and size of grants funded by E4A at http://www.evidenceforaction.org/grantees.

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