New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming is a career development program for early career researchers. Over its 11-year history, the New Connections program has supported research grants and career development opportunities for more than 920 researchers from diverse, underrepresented, and historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
New Connections invites investigators to submit proposals for research that will contribute to building a Culture of Health (www.cultureofhealth.org). New Connections is particularly interested in funding research that moves the nation toward achieving health equity.
One-year grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to up to 20 investigators.
Proposed research topics must align with the drivers of the Culture of Health Action Framework, which sets a national agenda to improve health, well-being, and equity. The Action Framework consists of four action areas for achieving improvements in health and well-being for all Americans. These action areas include: (1) making health a shared value; (2) fostering cross-sector collaboration; (3) creating healthier, more equitable communities; and (4) strengthening integration of health services and systems.
· Applicants must have completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years (obtained by September 1, 2007 or later).
· Applicants must be early-career scholars, such as a post-doc or assistant professor.
· Applicants must be from a group that has historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. The term “historically disadvantaged” refers to the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors. Eligible individuals include—but are not limited to—individuals from ethnic and racial groups historically underrepresented in research disciplines, first-generation college graduates, people from low-income communities, and individuals with a learning or physical disability.
· April 6, 2017 (12 p.m. Central) Optional applicant web conference. Registration is required. Visit here for complete details and to register.
· May 16, 2017 (2 p.m. Central) Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
See the Robert Wood Johnson website for complete program guidelines and application instructions. A print-friendly (.pdf) version is available here.