Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning From the World

2017 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: October 30, 2017 | Application Deadline: December 21, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET
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Social connections can help us thrive. But too many people feel disconnected from society and from life, and that contributes to a host of physical, mental and emotional health problems.

School children, teens, new mothers, immigrants, LGBT people, people living in remote areas, even millennials with thousands of Facebook friends, often feel excluded or like they don’t belong.

We want to learn about solutions that have worked in other countries to address social isolation across all ages and life stages, so that we can strengthen social connection in the United States.

Are you a U.S.-based organization that wants to adapt an idea from overseas?

Or an international institution with an idea that could work in the United States?

Purpose

At the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), we believe that everyone in America—no matter who that person is, how much money they have, or where they live—should have as much opportunity as possible to pursue a healthier life. We call that vision a Culture of Health and we work with people across the country to build a Culture of Health. Across the globe, countries are taking steps to improve health and well-being in their communities. RWJF is eager to learn from those countries. We are collaborating with people and organizations around the world to uncover insights that can inspire us all to imagine new possibilities and to surface practical solutions that can be adapted here in the United States.

With this call for proposals (CFP), RWJF is looking for the best ideas from around the world that address social isolation and promote positive, healthy social connections, and well-being.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

RWJF is looking for applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines—both within and outside the health sector. We encourage proposals from both U.S.-based applicants to adapt an overseas idea, and from international applicants with ideas that could work in the United States. We encourage submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members. We seek to attract diversity of thought, professional background, race, ethnicity, and cultural perspective in our applicant pool. Building a Culture of Health means integrating health into all aspects of society, so we encourage multisector partnerships and collaboration. 

Proposals must fit with the topic and populations described, integrate global ideas into the project, and must highlight the connections to the Culture of Health Action Framework.

See full Call for Proposals for more information.

Key Dates

Key dates for this solicitation are:

November 9, 2017 (1–2 p.m. ET)   
Informational webinar for prospective applicants.
View webinar slides and recording.

December 21, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of proposals.

Mid-April 2018
Semifinalists notified and asked to address questions in scheduled telephone call with RWJF staff.

May 1–15, 2018
Telephone calls with semifinalists. Please hold these dates on your calendars.

Mid-June 2018
Finalists notified.

September 2018
Grants begin.

Total Awards

  • Up to $2.5 million will be available for this funding opportunity.
  • Projects may be up to three years in duration.

Application Deadline

December 21, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

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