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Deadline: January 7, 2015

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Healthy Eating Research

Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is an RWJF national program. The program supports research on environmental and policy strategies with strong potential to promote healthy eating among children to prevent childhood obesity, especially among groups at highest risk for obesity: Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian/Pacific Islander children, and children who live in lower-income communities. Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

This call for proposals (CFP) focuses on childhood obesity prevention efforts in two settings: 1) Healthy Food Retail; and 2) Early Care and Education.

Healthy Eating Research program goals are to:

  • Establish a research base for policy and environmental factors that influence healthy eating and body weight in children, as well as effective policy and environmental strategies for reversing the childhood obesity epidemic
  • Build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers
  • Ensure that findings are communicated effectively to inform policies and guide the development of effective solutions

Studies could include any of the following: small-scale pilot studies, secondary analyses of existing datasets, pretest or baseline evaluations prior to planned environmental or policy changes, evaluations of planned interventions or natural experiments, retrospective analyses of apparent policy or environmental change successes, economic or financial studies, statistical modeling studies, policy and legal analyses, quantitative meta-analyses, and in-depth case studies.

Amount: A total of $425,000 is available for grants ranging from $25,000-$75,000. Approximately two-thirds of the funds available will be allocated to studies focused on healthy food retail and one-third will be allocated to studies focused on early care and education.

Eligibility: Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Organizations must be based in the U.S. and conduct research in the U.S. Studies in other countries will only be considered to the extent that they affect U.S. policy.

Link: http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/funding-opportunities/2014/her-special-solicitation.html?rid=83RZJPW7i_PHhRYBCKkd-Te9j7J1th2hVdhdaVE2UAc&et_cid=129083

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