Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Equity-Focused Policy Research
The Equity-Focused Policy Research funding opportunity seeks to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking on income supports for low-income families. Income supports may reduce poverty in households with young children; provide critical resources to help families support children’s development; diminish families’ stress levels; and thereby advance health equity. Evidence generated through funded projects should inform practice and policy, and guide practitioners and policymakers (federal, state, and local) in setting priorities and allocating resources.
The Foundation encourages applications that incorporate approaches that are aligned with the principles of equitable evaluation. These approaches may include participatory research; community-based research; and other methods that enable individuals from groups who are the focus of research to be involved in defining and answering research questions.
Amount: A total of $1,500,000 is available to make approximately 10 awards that range from $50,000-$500,000 each. Project periods may range from 12 months to 30 months.
Eligibility: Academic institutions, public entities, private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. Organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers. Nonprofit and government entities that do not have in-house research capacity are strongly encouraged to partner with qualified researchers who have established track records in the topical area and research methods proposed.
The Foundation strongly encourages applications that include researchers who are from groups that are underrepresented in policy research and/or who are affiliated with institutions that serve underrepresented groups, such as historically black colleges and universities; academic institutions serving primarily Latino students; Tribal colleges; and other similar institutions. The Foundation also encourages applicants from diverse geographic areas and a range of disciplines that are relevant to policy research, including public administration; sociology; psychology; economics; community development; public health; education; social work; and others.
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