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Healthy Eating Research Grants

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Letter of Intent (Required): Jul 31, 2019
Application: Oct 2, 2019



The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides funding to support actionable research that advances health equity in the areas of nutritional disparities, nutrition, and food security

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Improving nutrition; nutritional disparities; diet quality and patterns; access to healthy foods; and food security for pregnant women, infants, and children and their families/caregivers
  • Policies and practices in childcare settings, schools, and retail food outlets
  • Policy, system, and environmental changes aimed at increasing access, affordability, and/or demand for healthy foods and beverages and decreasing access to and demand for less healthy foods and beverages
  • Examining if and how non-diet or nutrition policies may indirectly and positively impact family and children's nutritional health and weight
  • Examining the unintended consequences of current food and nutrition policies and programs, especially for low-income children and families, families of color, and other populations at high risk for nutritional inequities
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nutrition Assistance Programs

Research should target infants, children, and their families. All funded studies must have the potential to impact groups at highest risk for poor health and nutrition/weight-related health disparities, including:

  • African Americans
  • Latinos
  • American Indian/Alaska Natives
  • Asian Americans
  • Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations
  • Children living in lower-income rural and urban communities

Eligible applicants include:

  • Academic institutions
  • Public entities
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • State and local government agencies
  • For-profit organizations

Preference will be given to applicants that are public entities or nonprofit organizations based in the U.S. or its territories that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Approximately 7 small scale grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded for a project period of 18 months.

Approximately 2 large scale grants of up to $320,000 will be awarded for a project period of 24 months.

Approximately 2 Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) grants of up to $320,000 will be awarded for a project period of 24 months.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Submit a concept paper by July 31, 2019. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal with a deadline of October 2, 2019.

Tagged as
African Americans · American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians · Asian and Pacific Islanders · Children and youth · Families · Food security and nutrition · Health disparities · Hispanics and Latinos · Obesity and weight control · Policy · Poverty · Research methods and resources · Women

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