This connection has allowed me to collaborate with grantees and allowed me to navigate through academia with sanity since I can connect with people going through the same thing.
- Grantee Interview
Since 2005, the New Connections Program has provided research grants, skills training, professional development and networking opportunities and mentoring to researchers from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. Individual researchers receive funding over a 12 to 24 month period.
The program also supports a larger network of researchers and consultants from these same communities who have not received individual grants, to increase a diversity of perspectives and help scholars accelerate their careers. As of January 2013, New Connections has supported the career development of 100 scholars, and over 1,200 scholars have participated in the larger network.
Evaluators conducted interviews and surveys with New Connections Program grantees, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) staff, the larger network of scholars, the fields of health and health care research, and grantees’ research institutions. Data from participating researchers and research institutions was also collected.