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Grants to USA Nonprofits, IHEs, and Agencies for Research
Addressing Community Health, Climate Change, and Health Equity

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

04/03/19 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories public and private nonprofits, tribal governments, academic institutions, and agencies for research focused on community health, health equity, and climate change. Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal to be considered for this grant. Funding is intended to support research into a range of health determinants, including energy sources, air quality, water and food systems, transportation design, and housing. Proposals must discuss approaches focused in one or more geographically defined communities.

The Foundation seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Grant funds will support research and evaluation activities to develop the best possible evidence highlighting what is working well with the select approach and why; where there have been opportunities and challenges; and how other communities may learn from this approach to tackle similar challenges.

RWJF will place strong emphasis on promoting knowledge sharing among grantees and other communities and those working to address the health impacts of climate change. Proposals should offer mechanisms for communicating and disseminating the research or evaluation findings and lessons learned with a diverse array of audiences. RWJF will give additional preference to proposals that include community members in the communication and dissemination activities.

Applicant organizations must propose a research or evaluation project to answer one or more questions regarding: (1) how well their approaches work and why; (2) how effectively they address the health impacts of climate change and advance health equity; (3) how they took advantage of opportunities and overcame challenges; and (4) how other communities may learn from this approach to tackle similar issues.

The research or evaluation design must be question-driven. The quantitative or qualitative methods used must be appropriately matched to the details of the actual approaches that have been implemented in the geographically defined community. Examples of potential methods include, but are not limited to: culturally responsive evaluations of program or policy implementation; quasi or natural experiments; secondary analyses of existing data; or network or systems analyses.

All proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:
- An intervention with at least a one-year documented history of implementation activities.
- History of, or deep interest in, working to address the health and well-being of indigenous communities, communities of color, or low-income communities.
- Well-developed research or evaluation plan, with demonstrated ability and capacity to successfully conduct the proposed project activities.
- Demonstrated commitment to share research and evaluation findings and lessons learned with diverse stakeholders.
- Biographies of up to five project personnel and, if applicable, collaborating individuals or organizations, with clear delineations of roles, responsibilities, and amount of time allocated to carry out project activities.
- Appropriateness of budget allocations given the proposed project activities.

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184997

Number of Grants:

Up to eight awards

Estimated Size of Grant:

Proposals may request a budget of up to and including $350,000 each.

Term of Contract:

- All interventions eligible for this funding must have been implemented and active for at least one year as of the date of the application.
- Project duration must be up to and including 24 months, approximately beginning July 15, 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility and Selection Criteria
- The community or organization implementing the approaches to address the health impacts of climate change, while improving health equity, must serve as the primary applicant (Project Director), and will be the prime recipient of funds. Individuals from collaborating organizations (e.g. research partner) can serve as the co-Project Director.
- Eligible applicant organizations include public and private nonprofit organizations, federally or state-recognized Indian tribal governments, indigenous organizations, local government, and academic institutions.
- Preference will be given to applicant organizations 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. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Only one proposal may be submitted per applicant organization.

RWJF encourages applicant organizations representing diverse geographic areas, first time-applicants, and communities that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change to apply.

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to subsidize individuals for the costs of their health care, to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Funds may not be used to develop or implement a new intervention, program, or approach.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Monday, January 7, 2019 (3:00 - 4:30 PM ET) :
The first of two optional applicant webinars to provide an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask questions that are general in nature. The second webinar (see below) will be a repeat of the first. Registration is required.

To register for the January 7 webinar:

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 (8:00 - 9:30 PM ET) :
A repeat of the first optional applicant webinar to provide an overview of the program and an opportunity to ask questions that are general in nature. Registration is required.

To register for the January 15 webinar:

Pre-Application Information:

All applicant organizations must submit a preliminary proposal to be considered for this funding opportunity. A select number of brief proposals applicants will be selected as semi-finalists, and invited to submit full proposals.

Grant timeline:
- February 8, 2019, 3:00 PM ET: Application (Preliminary Proposal) Deadline
- March 6, 2019: Selection of semi-finalists; notification of invitations to submit full proposals
- April 3, 2019 (3:00 PM ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals
- May 2, 2019: Selection of finalists; notification of invitation to participate in a site visit interview
- May 6, 2019 – May 20, 2019: Site visits conducted
- May 31, 2019: Selection of recommended grants; notification of decisions
- July 15, 2019: Approximate grant start date.

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Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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If you have questions, please contact:

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US Toll Free: (877) 843-7953
International: +1 (609) 627-6000

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