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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Equity-Focused Policy Research

Deadline: July 25, 2019

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF’s) Equity-Focused Policy Research funding opportunity will support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to early care and education (ECE) for low-income families. RWJF defines ECE as formal and informal non-parental care for children birth to age 5.

The Foundation is interested in research that examines a diverse set of policies and programs because funding for ECE comes from a variety of federal, state, local, and private sources—including Head Start; Early Head Start; the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF); the child and dependent care tax credit; state and district prekindergarten programs; and tuition or copayments that parents pay. Moreover, parents have needs and preferences for different types of ECE, including regulated center and home-based ECE; care from family, friends, and neighbors; and care during standard and nonstandard hours that align with parents’ work schedules.

Research funded under this opportunity might clarify the reasons for disparities in ECE access; evaluate innovations that may improve ECE access and participation for disadvantaged populations through policy change or implementation; review strategies for scaling up effective policies and innovations; or explore new measures to monitor progress toward achieving equity in access to key supports. RWJF is prioritizing research that:

  • Illuminates the policy- and practice-related reasons for or drivers of disparities in access to early care and education
  • Identifies current policy and programmatic solutions or needed changes that promote equity

Refer to the solicitation for greater detail around research priorities and to see examples of research questions.

Amount: A total of $1,500,000 is available to make approximately 10 awards that range from $50,000-$500,000 each.

Eligibility: Academic institutions, public entities, private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. All organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers.

Link: https://www.rwjf.org/content/rwjf/en/library/funding-opportunities

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