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Healthy Eating Research (HER) 2020 Special Solicitation on Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public Entities for Research on
Improving the Health and Well-Being of Young Children

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

LOI Date:

09/16/20

Deadline Date:

11/11/20 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations and public entities for research on improving the health and well-being of young children throughout the country. Applicants must submit a concept paper prior to a full application. Funding is intended for research addressing the consumption of unhealthy beverages and increasing access to safe drinking water. High priority will be given to studies on those who are at highest risk for poor nutrition and obesity, specifically lower-income families and racially and ethnically diverse populations (Black, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Natives, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders).

Sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) are a significant contributor to children’s unhealthy diets, containing excess calories and few, if any, nutrients. Overconsumption is associated with excess weight gain and obesity, as well as an overall decrease in dietary quality. Further, despite the many benefits of water, many children in the U.S. do not drink enough. Given the importance of early childhood for developing lifelong healthy dietary behaviors, HER is interested in identifying policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies that have the strongest potential to reduce SSB consumption (especially fruit-flavored drinks) and increase safe drinking water access and intake among low-income and children of color (ages 0 to 5) who are at greatest risk for poor nutrition and obesity.

For this CFP, HER is interested in research focused on young children in two main areas:

  1. SSB pricing strategies and taxes; and
  2. Achieving equity in reducing SSBs and increasing safe water access and intake.

Studies could include any of the following: experimental or quasi-experimental studies; secondary analyses of existing datasets; evaluations of PSE interventions or natural experiments; intervention studies in child care, retail, or restaurant settings; retrospective analyses of PSE change successes; case studies; financial, economic, or cost-effectiveness studies; health impact assessments; statistical modeling or simulation studies; policy and legal analyses to identify or evaluate promising PSE interventions; and quantitative meta-analyses. 

Use of Grant Funds: 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.

Overall Study Guidelines can be found starting at https://healthyeatingresearch.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/HER-SSB_Final_CFP.pdf#page=6.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184359

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,800,000

Number of Grants:

Eight to ten grants

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each grant will award up to $225,000. Smaller grants are encouraged and will allow the Funding Source to fund more studies.

Term of Contract:

Each grant will be awarded for up to 24 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria:
- 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. Additional documentation may be required by Duke University
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- The focus of this program is the United States; studies in other countries will be considered only to the extent that they may directly inform U.S. policy.

HER does not award grants to individuals.

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.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:
- August 12–September 16, 2020 (3 p.m. ET): RWJF online system available to applicants for concept papers.
- September 16, 2020 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of concept papers. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.
- October 7, 2020: Applicants notified whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.
- November 11, 2020 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.
- January 2021: Notification of finalists.
- March-April, 2021: Awards begin.

All applications must be submitted through the online system.

There are two phases in the application process:
- Phase 1: Concept Paper
- Phase 2: Full Proposal (for invited applicants only)

Up to two representatives from each grant are typically required to attend the Healthy Eating Research annual grantee meeting. At this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is unclear whether the NPO will host a meeting in 2021; additional details will be provided to applicants as final decisions are made.

Look for live Q&A opportunities on the Twitter feed (@HEResearch) every Friday from 12-1 p.m. ET.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:
http://my.rwjf.org/applyFromWebsite.do?cfp=3113

Please direct inquiries to:
Healthy Eating Research
Phone: (800) 578-8636
Email: healthyeating@duke.edu

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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