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Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Cross-Cutting Evidence on Supports for Families with Young Children

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Letter of Intent (Required): Feb 23, 2021
Application: May 11, 2021

Gina R. Hijjawi, PhD


Grants to support policy research designed to enhance equitable access to key resources for low-income families to provide positive environments that promote healthy physical, social-emotional, and cognitive development for children. Projects should focus on families of color, families living in rural areas, and other groups of families who experience gaps in access to supports and face disparities in health and well-being. Evidence generated from the research is intended to guide practitioners and policymakers in setting priorities and allocating resources.

Research goals include:

  • Understanding the sources of inequities in families' access to and use of key resources
  • Identifying and testing innovations to advance equity
  • Developing strategies for scaling up policies and approaches that are effective in advancing equity

The Foundation is particularly interested in research that examines cross-cutting policy and programmatic responses to the COVID-19 pandemic that can increase equitable access to resources and may be sustained beyond the immediate crisis. Policy areas for the program include:

  • Access to early care and education
  • Income generation/replacement and income supports such as the Earned Income Tax Credit and cash transfer programs
  • Nutrition supports such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)

Eligible applicants will be based in the United States or its territories, and include:

  • Academic institutions
  • Public entities
  • Private nonprofit organizations
  • State and local government agencies
  • For-profit organizations
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
Amount of funding

Expected award range: $50,000 - $200,000
Project period: Up to 24 months, depending on the project type
Estimated number of awards: 20

Application process

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

Submit a brief proposal by February 16, 2021. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of May 11, 2021.

Tagged as
Access · Children and youth · Families · Food security and nutrition · Health disparities · Income support and assistance · Minorities · Policy · Poverty

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