Equity-Focused Policy Research

Building Evidence on Access to Early Care & Education for Low-Income Families

    Release Date: June 20, 2019 | Application Deadline: Thu, 25 Jul 2019


The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to early care and education (ECE) for low-income families. We define ECE as formal and informal nonparental care for children birth to age 5. Families have access to ECE when they are able to find affordable ECE that supports their child’s development and meets the families’ needs.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. All organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers.


Key Dates

  • June 27, 2019 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET)
    Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required through this link.
  • July 25, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
  • September 11, 2019
    Applicants notified if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.
  • October 10, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
  • November 15, 2019
    Notification of finalists.
  • January 15, 2020
    Start of grants.

Total Awards

  • We will make approximately 10 awards through this funding opportunity, totaling $1.5 million. We expect that awards will range from $50,000 to $500,000 each.
  • For projects that involve primary data collection through surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, and other methods (or a combination of methods), applicants may request up to $250,000, for a project duration of up to 24 months.
  • For projects that rely solely on secondary data analyses, applicants may request up to $75,000, for a project duration of up to 12 months.
  • For projects that involve implementing and testing innovative strategies to expand access to ECE, participatory research methods, and/or substantial community partnerships, applicants may request up to $500,000, for a project duration of up to 30 months. The Foundation intends to make up to one award of this size.
  • Applicants should request amounts that are consistent with the scope and complexity of the research questions and methods they propose and for carrying out research methods aligned with the principles of equitable evaluation.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
July 25, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Gina R. Hijjawi, PhD, senior program officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Phone: (609) 627-5782
Email: ghijjawi@rwjf.org

Equity-Focused Policy Research project team
Mathematica Policy Research
Email: equityresearch@mathematica-mpr.com