Foundation / Corporation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
08/08/22 3:00 PM ET
Grants to USA researchers affiliated with academic organizations, including nonprofit organizations, IHEs, and public entities, for research in the area of food, nutrition, and diet. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended to support studies that use data from the USDA’s Consumer Food Data System (CFDS) to promote equal access to nutritious food.
RWJF has widened its focus on childhood obesity to consider issues such as nutritional adequacy; upstream factors affecting food supply; nutritional assistance; and indicators of food quality and availability. To contribute to research, evaluation, and learning, especially for its healthy children and families focus area, RWJF is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service (ERS) on an opportunity to make their valuable data on food and nutrition available to researchers. By doing so, RWJF hopes to support research that will help to overcome structural barriers to equitable access to healthy food.
As the agency within the USDA that anticipates trends and emerging issues in agriculture, food, the environment, and rural America, ERS conducts high-quality, objective economic research to inform and enhance public and private decision-making. ERS has acquired several food-related data, both restricted- and private-use assets, which comprise the Consumer Food Data System (CFDS). These data assets will support research on relevant and timely evidence that informs the USDA, Congress, and the public about the food sector and about key national issues regarding food and health—such as food insecurity, obesity, diet quality, and nutrition assistance programs.
RWJF and ERS are announcing a call for proposals (CFP) for researchers who will use one or more restricted-use data assets from the CFDS. RWJF and ERS seek to develop a cohort of researchers from diverse academic disciplines and institutions who will produce policy-relevant research on food policy; food retail markets; consumer behaviors related to food purchases and diet; and USDA nutrition assistance programs. It is RWJF's hope that the resulting research evidence will inform RWJF’s goal of creating equitable access to nutritious food.
Proposals may focus on issues related to the intersection between food and health, for example, as they relate to consumers, retailers, nutrition assistance programs, and public policy. Proposals of particular interest involve changing markets, the food retail environment, social and racial equity, nutrition security, food security, diet quality, obesity, food access, and the COVID-19 pandemic.
GrantWatch ID#: 202545
Approximately 12 to 15 projects will receive awards.
The total award will be up to $100,000 per project. Multiple researchers are allowed on a project, dividing the award.
The duration of awards will be up to 27 months, from November 2022 to February 2025.
Awards for researchers who need to apply for and receive Special Sworn Status (SSS; see Appendix B in the Call for Proposals) will be shorter (approximately 24 months) to allow for this process; receipt of SSS is a requirement for these awards to be finalized.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Apply online: https://my.rwjf.org/applyFromWebsite.do?cfp=3260
Please direct questions about the program, selection criteria, or application content to the CFDS Project Team at Mathematica (CFDS@mathematica-mpr.com). Any inquiries about specific CFDS data assets should be sent directly to the ERS contacts listed for each asset in Appendix A of the Call for Proposals in Supporting Documents below.
Responsible staff members at RWJF are:
• Katherine Hempstead, senior policy advisor
Responsible staff members at ERS are:
• Mark Denbaly, assistant director for data
Responsible staff members at Mathematica are:
• Liz Gearan, Principal Researcher
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