New Connections Grants Awarded through the Healthy Eating Research Program

    Release Date: March 9, 2016 | Application Deadline: June 01, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET


Healthy Eating Research: Building Evidence to Prevent Childhood Obesity is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program. 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, and children who live in lower-income communities (urban, suburban, and/or rural). Findings are expected to advance RWJF’s efforts to help all children achieve a healthy weight, promote health equity, and build a Culture of Health.

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 10 grants and RWJF New Connections grants awarded through the Healthy Eating Research program.

You can learn more about Healthy Eating Research at

Eligibility and Selection 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. 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.

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

Key Dates

March 9, 2016
RWJF online system for concept papers available to applicants.

June 1, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of concept papers.

June 15, 2016
Applicants will be contacted by email regarding whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal. Invited full proposals must be submitted via the RWJF online system.

August 24, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals.

Late October 2016
Notification of finalists.

December 1, 2016
Awards begin.

Spring 2017
Healthy Eating Research Annual Meeting.

Total Awards

Approximately $2.6 million will be awarded under this CFP for the two award types. The anticipated allocation of funds is as follows:

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. Awards will be for 12- to 18-month grants of up to $100,000 each.

Round 10 Grants
Approximately $2.4 million will be awarded through Round 10. Each grant will award up to $190,000 for a maximum funding period of 18 months. Approximately one-third of the funds available under Round 10 will be earmarked for studies focused on any of the following underserved geographic locations or populations: 1) rural areas of the United States, including the Appalachian region as defined by the Appalachian Regional Commission (; 2) Asian/Pacific Islanders; and 3) American Indians.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
June 01, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Phone: (800) 578-8636


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