Healthy Eating Research
Call for Proposals
Introduction & Purpose
Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) committed to building a Culture of Health through identifying effective strategies to improve children’s nutrition and weight. HER’s mission is to support and disseminate research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies that promote healthy eating among children and advance nutrition security and health equity. Some goals of the program are to: build a vibrant, inclusive, interdisciplinary research base in the areas of healthy
food access, nutrition security, diet quality, and healthy weight; and communicate research findings to accelerate policy, systems, and environmental changes. HER issues calls for proposals (CFPs) to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds.
Access to affordable, nutritious, culturally appropriate food should be a human right. All families in the U.S. should be able to provide their children with nutritious foods that support optimal growth and development.
Healthy Eating Research supports this goal through improving diet quality and nutrition for all Americans. This CFP hopes to generate evidence on supportive family policies and programs that have strong potential to impact equitable access to nutritious food in communities, nutrition security, diet quality, and improved nutrition and health outcomes. Programs that will be studied are in the areas of: federal nutrition assistance programs; hunger-relief programs; community-powered food systems efforts; and social and economic programs (nonfood policies). We are especially interested in strategies to improve health outcomes for children ages 0 to 18 at highest risk for poor nutrition, specifically lower-income families, as well as the racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing higher rates of health disparities.
Through this CFP, we seek to learn what does and does not work and why; under what circumstances, who most benefits from these policies and programs; and if disparity gaps are reduced. We are interested in solution-oriented research that focuses on policy, systems and environmental (PSE) change at the national, state, local, and tribal levels. The PSE research strategies can focus on: how to strengthen existing policies or programs; evaluation of current policies or programs; or designing and pilot-testing new innovative programs that are policy-relevant. Findings will be used to guide and inform decisionmaking about policy and system changes that can advance nutrition equity and improve health.
To learn more about the program, we encourage applicants to visit the Healthy Eating Research website at www.healthyeatingresearch.org.
Eligibility & Selection Criteria
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.
- 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.
Key Dates & Deadlines
- January 31–April 5, 2023
RWJF online system becomes available to applicants to submit concept papers.
- April 5, 2023 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of concept papers. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.
- May 10, 2023
Applicants notified whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.
- July 12, 2023 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.
- September 2023
Notification of finalists.
- November 2023
Up to $2.5 million will be awarded through this CFP, with each award up to a maximum of $275,000 and 24 months in duration. We encourage proposals that request lower budget amounts and shorter periods (e.g., 12–18 months).