Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States – Learning From the World
Through Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is seeking the best ideas from around the world that address social isolation and promote positive, healthy social connections and well-being. The Foundation will support projects that promote approaches developed outside the U.S. that address social isolation, across all stages and ages of life, in U.S. individuals, groups, and communities. It encourages proposals from both U.S.-based applicants to adapt an overseas idea, and from international applicants with ideas that could work in the U.S. Populations of interest include children, adolescents, young adults, mothers, and families at risk or isolated because of issues including religion, gender identity, race or ethnicity, health issues, disabilities, and/or trauma; those living in rural communities and/or communities with insufficient basic community infrastructure or who may otherwise be politically or structurally disempowered; and others who may be now or who are at risk to become socially isolated.
Projects might include, but are not limited to:
- Pilot or demonstration trial of an intervention to address social isolation developed outside the U.S. and, with a U.S. partner, is adapted, piloted, and evaluated with a U.S. group or community
- Learning exchanges between U.S. and global investigators and/or communities to explore approaches to social isolation that may be implemented in the future
- Evaluate a promising approach to social isolation developed abroad to learn how it might be adapted and implemented in the U.S.
Proposals must fit with the topic and populations described, integrate global ideas into the project, and must highlight the connections to the RWJF Culture of Health Action Framework (see: https://www.cultureofhealth.org/).
Amount: Up to $2,500,000 is available. Projects are expected to range from $250,000-$750,000 and may be up to three years in duration.
Eligibility: Awards will be made to organizations and preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities, public charities, or nongovernmental organizations. The Foundation is seeking applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines — both within and outside the health sector. It encourages submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members. It seeks to attract diversity of thought, professional background, race, ethnicity, and cultural perspective in our applicant pool. Multi-sector partnerships and collaboration are encouraged.
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