RWJF expands diversity of perspective through Junior Investigator program

July 05, 2012

Network faithful take note of an important funding opportunity for scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities. The New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming aims to expand the diversity of perspectives that inform Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) programming and introduce new researchers and scholars to RWJF, while simultaneously helping to meet staff needs for data analysis. The program invites Junior Investigators—scholars from historically disadvantaged and underrepresented communities—to submit proposals that address programming priorities for one of RWJF’s program areas.

The Foundation will award up to 10 Junior Investigator grants of up to $100,000 each for a 24-month period.

Eligibility Criteria
New Connections Junior Investigator program applicants must:

  • have completed a doctoral degree (including a JD for PHLR-NC applicants) within the last 10 years (obtained by April 1, 2003 or later);
  • be U.S. Citizens, Resident Non-Citizen Nationals, or Resident Foreign Nationals at the time of application and must not be receiving support from other research fellowships/traineeships at the time they begin the program.
  • be affiliated with or sponsored by a non-profit university or an organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private Foundation as defined under Section 509(a) of the Internal Revenue Code;
  • have agreement from the sponsoring institution to administer and be the recipient of the grant;
  • be from a group that has historically been underrepresented in research activities, such as people from ethnic or racial minority groups, first-generation college graduates and people from low-income communities;*
  • have never received a prior grant from RWJF;
  • provide evidence of research skills addressing various aspects of health and health care (research fellowship or equivalent training or experience); and
  • be committed to the goals and mission of New Connections, RWJF and its specific interest areas.

Download the Call for Proposals here.

How to Apply
Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system. If you have not already done so, you will be required to register before you begin the application process.

Key Dates:

  • July 11, 2012 (3:00–4:30 p.m. ET)—Optional applicant Web conference call for Junior Investigator brief proposal candidates. Registration is required.
  • August 29, 2012 (3 p.m. ET)—Deadline for receipt of brief proposals (must be submitted online).
  • October 17, 2012—Select applicants invited to submit full proposals.
  • October 31, 2012 (3:00-4:30 p.m. ET)—Optional applicant Web conference call for Junior Investigator full proposal applicants. Registration is required.
  • November 28, 2012 (3 p.m. ET)—Deadline for receipt of full proposals (must be submitted online).
  • February 4, 2013—Notification of finalists.
  • April 1, 2013—Start of awards.

Key Contact:
Howard Walters, project manager
OMG Center for Collaborative Learning
Office: (215) 732-2200 ext. 276

*The New Connections program is open to applicants from any group that has been historically disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. This includes, but is not limited to, individuals from ethnic and racial minorities historically underrepresented in research disciplines. It also includes persons of all races and ethnicity who come from groups that have historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines, such as first-generation college graduates and people from low-income communities. These examples are intended to be illustrative, not exclusive. Applicants who do not fall within one of these categories but who believe they are from a historically disadvantaged or underrepresented background will have an opportunity to describe their individual circumstances as part of the online application process.

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