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Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Evidence on Access to Early Care and Education for Low-Income Families

Grants to USA Nonprofits, For-Profits, Agencies, and Academic
Institutions for Policy Research on Access to Childcare and Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Conf. Date:

06/27/19

LOI Date:

07/25/19

Deadline Date:

10/10/19 3:00 PM ET

Description:

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Grants starting at $50,000 to USA and territories academic institutions, nonprofits, government agencies, for-profits, and public entities for research on policy changes to promote access to quality early childcare for low-income families. A brief proposal must be submitted before applying. Evidence generated through funded projects should inform practice and policy, and guide practitioners and policymakers (federal, state, and local) in setting priorities and allocating resources.

The purpose of this funding opportunity is to support action-oriented research that advances health equity, builds the knowledge base, and informs policymaking to increase access to ECE (early childcare and education) for low-income families. ECE is defined as formal and informal nonparental care for children birth to age 5. Families have access to ECE when they are able to find affordable ECE that supports their child’s development and meets the families’ needs (Friese et al. 2017). However, many families struggle with ECE access because they cannot afford ECE or live in areas that lack services (sometimes called “child care deserts”) (NAS 2018; The Brookings Institution 2017; Malik & Hamm 2017). Families of color are also less likely to access ECE (The Brookings Institution 2017; Schmit & Walker 2016).

The Foundation is interested in research that examines a diverse set of policies and programs because funding for ECE comes from a variety of federal, state, local, and private sources—including Head Start; Early Head Start; the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF); the child and dependent care tax credit; state and district prekindergarten programs; and tuition or copayments that parents pay. Moreover, parents have needs and preferences for different types of ECE, including regulated center and home-based ECE; care from family, friends, and neighbors; and care during standard and nonstandard hours that align with parents’ work schedules.

Research funded under this opportunity might clarify the reasons for disparities in ECE access; evaluate innovations that may improve ECE access and participation for disadvantaged populations through policy change or implementation; review strategies for scaling up effective policies and innovations; or explore new measures to monitor progress toward achieving equity in access to key supports. Although RWJF recognizes the importance of identifying the magnitude of gaps in access to supports and disparate outcomes for families—for this call for proposals, we are prioritizing research that (a) illuminates the policy- and practice-related reasons for or drivers of disparities in access to early care and education; and (b) identifies current policy and programmatic solutions or needed changes that promote equity.

For more details on the purpose of funding, see the Call for Proposals: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1484&cfpOverviewId=#page=2

For examples of research questions on increasing equitable access to ECE, see the Call for Proposals: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1484&cfpOverviewId=#page=4

For eligible uses of funds, see the Call for Proposals: https://anr.rwjf.org/viewCfp.do?cfpId=1484&cfpOverviewId=#page=7

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186282

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$1,500,000

Number of Grants:

Approximately 10

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards are expected to range from $50,000 to $500,000 each.

For projects that involve primary data collection through surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, and other methods (or a combination of methods), applicants may request up to $250,000.

For projects that rely solely on secondary data analyses, applicants may request up to $75,000.

For projects that involve implementing and testing innovative strategies to expand access to ECE, participatory research methods, and/or substantial community partnerships, applicants may request up to $500,000.

For projects that involve implementing and testing innovative strategies to expand access to ECE, participatory research methods, and/or substantial community partnerships, applicants may request up to $500,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects that involve primary data collection through surveys, interviews, focus groups, observations, and other methods (or a combination of methods) - project duration of up to 24 months.

Projects that rely solely on secondary data analyses - project duration of up to 12 months.

Projects that involve implementing and testing innovative strategies to expand access to ECE, participatory research methods, and/or substantial community partnerships - project duration of up to 30 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions, public entities and private nonprofit organizations, state and local government agencies, and for-profit organizations. All organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers.

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to subsidize individuals for the costs of their health care, to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Optional applicant webinar

Topic: Equity-Focused Policy Research: Building Evidence on Access to Early Care & Education for Low-Income Families

Time: June 27, 2019 2:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

To register: https://webinar.ringcentral.com/webinar/register/WN_zSUERIvGRaChgrG0r4kgvA

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:

- June 27, 2019 (2 p.m. to 3 p.m. ET): Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required through this link.
- July 25, 2019 (3 p.m. ET) : Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
- September 11, 2019: Applicants notified if they have been invited to submit a full proposal.
- October 10, 2019 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
- November 15, 2019: Notification of finalists.
- January 15, 2020: Start of grants.

There are two phases in the competitive proposal process:

- Phase 1: Brief Proposals: Applicants must submit a brief proposal that describes the project and includes a preliminary budget.
- Phase 2: Full Proposals: Selected Phase 1 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

All questions must be received by Friday June 28, 2019. FAQs will be posted on July 2, 2019.

All applicants should log in to the system and familiarize themselves with online submission requirements well before the final submission deadline. Staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline.

FAQs: https://www.rwjf.org/en/how-we-work/grants-explorer/funding-opportunities/funding-faqs.html

Contact Information:

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=2958&cfp=2958

Key Contacts:

Gina R. Hijjawi, PhD, senior program officer
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Phone: (609) 627-5782
Email: ghijjawi@rwjf.org

Equity-Focused Policy Research project team
Mathematica Policy Research
Email: equityresearch@mathematica-mpr.com

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