Foundation / Corporation
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)
09/01/21 3:00 PM ET
Grants to USA and territories underrepresented faculty staff members at accredited academic institutions to support their academic advancement and career development. A letter of intent must be submitted prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for investigators of historically marginalized backgrounds to conduct research that addresses health inequities.
The scholarship of individuals from certain communities, especially Black individuals; Indigenous people; people of color; individuals from low-income communities; individuals with disabilities; LGBTQ+ individuals; non-native English speakers; first generation college graduates—and individuals who identify with more than one of these groups—have not been adequately supported in academia. Structural racism and discrimination have created obstacles for many qualified individuals when pursuing an academic career. Biased methods of assessment and evaluation criteria for tenure—and other forms of unfair treatment—can also lead to disparities in advancement and promotion.
Many researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds, who wish to investigate root causes of and solutions to health disparities, face challenges of insufficient funding and barriers to attaining tenure. Without mentors at their institutions who understand their lived experiences and supportive professional networks to help identify and offer guidance in pursuing opportunities, underrepresented researchers face many obstacles to academic career advancement.
Health Equity Scholars for Action (HES4A) is designed to enhance the supports, resources, and community necessary for participants to thrive professionally and personally, and in turn, be better able to contribute to and expand health equity-related research and evidence that can help build a Culture of Health.
The goal of HES4A is to support the career development and academic advancement of researchers from historically underrepresented backgrounds who conduct health equity research. Grants will be awarded to address the challenges that underrepresented researchers experience; help them overcome obstacles to earning tenure; and make progress toward acquiring independent research funding. Grants will support three aspects of career development: research, mentorship, and connection with a community of support.
For information about these three aspects, see: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1588&cfpOverviewId=#page=2
The following are expectations for all HES4A scholars:
The grant funds provided to the institutions under the program cover the scholars’ annual stipends and health insurance, and expenses associated with their research and travel.
GrantWatch ID#: 195758
Up to 15 grants will be awarded.
Grants of $250,000 each will be awarded through this program. Funds will cover up to 70 percent of the scholar’s salary for two years (capped at $75,000 per year), with the remainder of the award to be used for research and other related expenses.
Grants will be for 24 months in duration.
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/login.do?applyCfpId=3194&cfp=3194
Please direct inquiries to:
Sheldon Oliver Watts, PhD, program officer
Phone: (609) 627-5846
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
50 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540-6614
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