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Healthy Eating Research: COVID-19 and Socioeconomic Recovery Efforts Impacts on Children's Health and Well-Being

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Duke University, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Letter of Intent (Required): Nov 17, 2021
Application: Feb 16, 2022


The Healthy Eating Research Program is offering funding for research on how COVID-19 recovery-related social and economic programs and policies impact child obesity, diet quality, food security, and other relevant child and family health outcomes among lower-income and families of color. Populations of focus include Black, Latinx, American Indian/Alaska Native, Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander.

Proposed studies must have a clear impact on children and families in the U.S. and have the potential to reduce inequities related to child health and well-being. Studies must have a link to child nutrition, diet quality, weight, or food insecurity, but can also include other child health indicators.

Examples of research topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Relationships between affordable housing/housing security and indicators of child health, including food security
  • Impacts of increased benefits or social services for families on disposable income and diet quality
  • Impacts of COVID-19 relief provisions on racial/ethnic or geographic disparities in health outcomes, such as diet and weight, among children and families
  • Identify structural barriers, facilitators, or unintended consequences of COVID-19 relief provisions at federal, state, or local levels for achieving improvements in child obesity, diet quality, food security, or other child health outcomes
  • Explore how funding for food/nutrition supports in the COVID-19 relief packages specifically impact family/child poverty

Applicants must be based in the U.S. or its territories. Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations that are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations.

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

Award ceiling: $250,000
Project period: 18 months
Estimated total program funding: $1,750,000

Proposals requesting lower budget amounts and shorter project periods are strongly encouraged.

Application process

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

Submit a concept paper through the online system by November 17, 2021. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of February 16, 2022.

Tagged as
American Indian or Alaska Native · Asian · Black or African American · Children and youth · Community and economic development · Families · Food security and nutrition · Hispanic or Latino · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Income support and assistance · Minorities · Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander · Obesity and weight control · Poverty · Research methods and resources · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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