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New Opportunities and Funding: May 3, 2016


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation State Health Access Reform Evaluation (SHARE)

States continue to play a critical role in the implementation of health reform. States have made different choices in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, including whether to establish a State-Based Marketplace, use a Federal-State Partnership Model, or participate in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace. States also have made different decisions regarding Medicaid expansion, and some states are experimenting with new payment and delivery systems. This solicitation seeks to fund timely policy-relevant studies with strong empirical designs that will inform policy and health reform implementation. Eligible studies may be of a single state, groups of states, or national analyses that use state-level data. The Foundation is primarily interested in timely studies which have policy relevance. Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 with twelve studies receiving funding. The deadline for proposals is June 1, 2016.

Research Grants to Increase Value in Healthcare

The Donaghue Foundation announces its 2016 Greater Value Portfolio grant program that will fund research projects with a maximum amount of $600,000 per award for the purpose of creating new approaches to achieving a higher value healthcare system. The goal of this program is to test new approaches and tools that organizations can readily use to improve the value of the healthcare they provide to their patients and communities. Eligible topics include strategies to:

  • Engage consumers in a better understanding of the current status of value in healthcare
  • Engage providers and health systems in defining and assessing the value of their services
  • Encourage providers and their patients with serious illnesses to engage in difficult conversations about preferences and trade-offs related to alternative treatment options
  • Identify, highlight and resolve structural dysfunctions or inefficiencies between healthcare settings
  • Create economic models that evaluate and address current financial disincentives for systemic change (i.e., paying for current programs with future savings or paying for social determinants of health with the savings from lower clinical services)

The deadline for letters of intent is May 17, 2016.

Awards for Everyday Heroes in the Lives of Women and Children

The Roslyn S. Jaffe Awards is a not-for-profit program that gives financial awards to everyday heroes who are making the world a better place for women and children, specifically in the areas of health, education, social reform and esteem. A grand prize winner will receive $100,000 for their organization with two runners-up receiving $25,000 each. The deadline for nominations is June 17, 2016.

The Drucker Prize for Nonprofit Innovation

The Drucker Prize will be awarded to the nonprofit organization that is deemed to best meet Drucker’s definition of innovation: “change that creates a new dimension of performance.” The winner will receive an award in the amount of $100,000. 50 semifinalists will also have the opportunity—online and at their own pace—to dive into specially designed mini-courses covering key aspects of innovation and nonprofit performance. The deadline to apply is July 1, 2016.

William T. Grant Programs to Reduce Inequality among Youth

The William T. Grant Foundation offers several grants focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States and funds research that increases understanding of programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes and strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. The Foundation seeks research that builds stronger theory and empirical evidence in these two areas and intends for the research it supports to inform change.

  • Research Grants support theory-building and empirical research projects on reducing inequality or improving the use of research evidence. Grants typically range from $100,000 to $600,000. The deadline for letters of inquiry is August 4, 2016.
  • Scholars Program supports promising early-career researchers with interests in reducing inequality or understanding the use of research evidence. Grants are in the amount of $350,000. The deadline for letters of inquiry is July 6, 2016.

Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program

The primary goal of the Citizen Science for Earth Systems Program is to develop and implement capabilities to harness voluntary contributions from members of the general public to advance understanding of the Earth as a system. The program complements NASA’s capability of observing the Earth globally from space, air, land, and water by engaging the public in NASA’s mission to “drive advances in science, technology, aeronautics, space exploration, economic vitality, and stewardship of the Earth” and to “advance knowledge of Earth as a system to meet the challenges of environmental change and to improve life on our planet”. The program aims to advance the use of citizen science in scientific research about the Earth by directly supporting citizen science activities, as well as by developing technology to further citizen science research. Through this solicitation, two types of proposals are sought – citizen science research and low cost sensor deployment for the collection of well calibrated citizen science data. The deadline for notices of intent is May 27, 2016, and proposals are due by July 21, 2016.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Collaboration Program

The NOAA Science Collaboration Program represents an effort to support the development of undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral researchers and scientists with expertise in NOAA-related sciences. This will be accomplished through collaborations between these scientists and professionals in areas of mutual interest across the full spectrum of NOAA sciences. It is expected that some of the scientists will collaborate onsite at NOAA facilities and laboratories. NOAA will also support associated workshops that will serve to further enhance collaborative relationships. Through this funding opportunity, NOAA is also interested in supporting complementary earth-systems modeling efforts in areas such as hydrology and coastal dynamics which can serve as a catalyst for collaborations between NOAA professionals and scientists supported through this program. NOAA will support social science research that evaluates the impact of NOAA-related science to society and seeks to find ways to determine how environmental and related sciences can be communicated and utilized more effectively to protect life and property, assist decision makers, and enhance economic development. Awards will range from $10 million to $15 million. The deadline for applications is June 13, 2016.