New Connections Grants Awarded through the Healthy Eating Research Program

  • Release Date: May 6, 2015


Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a national program of RWJF. 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 (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic, eliminate disparities, and help all children achieve a healthy weight.

This call for proposals (CFP) is for two types of awards aimed at providing advocates, decision-makers, and policymakers with evidence to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. The award types are: Round 9 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.

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Total Awards

Approximately $2.75 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types. The anticipated allocation of funds is as follows:

Round 9 Grants
Approximately $2.55 million will be awarded through Round 9. Each grant will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months.

RWJF New Connections Grants Awarded Through Healthy Eating Research
Up to two RWJF New Connections grants will be awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program in this round of funding. Awards will be for 12- to 18-month grants of up to $100,000 each.

Key Dates

May 6, 2015
RWJF online system for concept papers will be available to applicants.

July 1, 2015 (3:00 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of concept papers.

July 15, 2015
Applicants will be contacted by email and informed as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal. Invited full proposals must be submitted via the RWJF online system.

September 9, 2015 (3:00 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals.

Early November 2015
Notification of finalists.

December 15, 2015
Awards begin.

Spring 2016
Healthy Eating Research Annual Meeting.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

For All Grant Opportunities

  • 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. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • 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.

Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions, such as race, ethnicity, gender, disability, age, and socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from investigators who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the more successful we will be as we strive together to build a Culture of Health, enabling all in our diverse society to lead healthy lives, now, and for generations to come.

For more information on eligibility criteria, please see the CFP.

July 01, 2015, 3:00 p.m. ET



Please direct inquiries to:

Healthy Eating Research

Phone: (800) 578-8636