HER Special Solicitation on Beverage Consumption in Early Childhood

2018 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: September 5, 2018 | Application Deadline: Wed, 3 Oct 2018


Healthy Eating Research (HER) is a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) national program, which supports research on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) strategies with strong potential to promote the health and well-being of children at a population-level. Specifically, HER aims to help all children achieve optimal nutrition and a healthy weight. HER issues calls for proposals (CFP) to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds.

Healthy Eating Research program goals are to:

  • Establish a research base for PSE strategies that promote the health and well-being of children at the population level, primarily through achieving healthy dietary patterns without excess weight gain.
  • Build a vibrant, multidisciplinary field of research and a diverse network of researchers.
  • Ensure that findings are communicated effectively to inform the development of nutrition and obesity-related solutions in the form of PSE changes, with a particular focus on promoting health equity.

This CFP focuses exclusively on research that informs the development of policy and environmental strategies that:

  1.     decrease consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) and/or
  2.     increase access to and consumption of safe water among 0- to 5-year-olds
        in the United States, with a priority on lower-income and racial and ethnic
        minority populations that are at-risk for poor nutrition and obesity.

You can learn more about Healthy Eating Research at www.healthyeatingresearch.org.

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.

Key Dates

September 5–October 3, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
RWJF online system available to applicants for concept papers.

October 3, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of concept papers. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

October 17, 2018
Applicants notified whether they are invited to submit a full proposal.

November 28, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals. Those submitted after the deadline will not be reviewed.

January 9, 2019
Notification of finalists.

March 1, 2019
Awards begin.

Total Awards

Approximately $2.1 million will be awarded under this CFP, resulting in the funding of about seven grants. Each grant will award up to $300,000 for up to 24 months.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
October 03, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET