New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming

2017 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: March 21, 2017 | Application Deadline: May 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET


New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming is celebrating its 11th year; over the history of the program, it has supported research grants and career development opportunities for a network of more than 920 researchers from diverse, underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds. New Connections is a career development program for early career researchers, providing support to grantees and other individuals who are part of a network of eligible researchers. Through grantmaking, mentorship, career development and networking, New Connections enhances the research capacity of its grantees and network members. The researchers in this program come from multiple disciplines (health, social sciences, business, urban planning, architecture and engineering); work to build the case for a Culture of Health with strong qualitative and quantitative research skills; and produce and translate timely research results.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years (obtained by September 1, 2007 or later).
  • Applicants must be early-career scholars, such as a post-doc or assistant professor.
  • Applicants must be from a group that has historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. The term “historically disadvantaged” refers to the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors. Eligible individuals include—but are not limited to—individuals from ethnic and racial groups historically underrepresented in research disciplines, first-generation college graduates, people from low-income communities, and individuals with a learning or physical disability. These examples are intended to be illustrative, not exclusive. Applicants who do not fall within one of these categories but who believe they are from a historically disadvantaged or underrepresented background will have an opportunity to describe their individual circumstances as part of the online application process.
  • Applicants’ home institutions must agree to administer and receive the grant.
  • Applicants must never have received a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
  • Applicants must provide evidence of research skills (research fellowship or equivalent training or experience).
  • Applicants must be committed to the goals and mission of New Connections, RWJF and a Culture of Health.
  • The applicant’s home institution must be based in the United States or its territories. Home institutions should have the administrative and financial capacity and experience to accept the award and to be able to distribute funds in a manner consistent with the permitted use of funds described in this call for applications. The home institution will be responsible for signing a letter of agreement with RWJF and submitting annual financial and narrative reports to the Foundation.
  • Individual candidates for receipt of award funds must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application and must not be receiving support from other research fellowships/traineeships at the time they begin the program.
  • Federal, state, tribal and local government employees who are not considered government officials under Section 4946 of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible to apply.
  • Additionally, individual candidates for receipt of award funds cannot be related by blood or marriage to any Officer or Trustee of RWJF, or be a descendant of its founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

Key Dates

April 6, 2017 (1 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant web conference. A recording is available here.

May 16, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

July 10, 2017
Finalist notification of funding recommendations.

September 1, 2017
Grants initiated.

September 2017 (exact date TBD)
New Grantee Orientation. Attendance is required.

Total Awards

  • Grants of up to $50,000 each will be awarded through this program.
  • A total of up to 20 grants will be awarded.
    • Of the 20 grants awarded in this funding round, up to two grants will be designated for New Connections-Policies for Action awards.
  • Grants will be 12 months in duration.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
May 16, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Chantias Ford, MEd, research associate
Phone: (215) 732-2200 ext. 279