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Extramural Funding Opportunities in DEI Research

The Vice President for Research Office has collected a list of extramural funding opportunities as part of our on-going commitment to support equitable, diverse, and inclusive research on our campus and in our broader communities. All available opportunities are published HERE, and will be updated bi-monthly. Please check each sponsor's solicitation for the most up-to-date information for each program, as the sponsor can change the details of the opportunity without notification.

If you are considering applying for an DEI-related funding opportunity and would like grant development support, please contact Mercedes Ward, Grant Development Specialist for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.


NSF Gen-4 Engineering Research Centers (ERC) Convergent Research and Innovation through Inclusive Partnerships and Workforce Development

Amount: Up to $156,000,000 to support up to 6 newly funded ERCs for the first 5 years
Letter of Intent Deadline: September 2, 2022
Preliminary Proposal Deadline: October 3, 2022
Full Proposal Deadline: May 8, 2023

The goal of the ERC program has traditionally been to integrate engineering research and education with technological innovation to transform and improve national prosperity, health, and security. Building upon this tradition, NSF is interested in supporting ERCs to develop and advance engineered systems, which if successful, will have a high Societal Impact. ERCs create inclusive cultures not only to integrate scientific discovery with technological innovation through convergent engineered systems research and education, but also to benefit from the full participation of people traditionally underrepresented in engineering, stimulating creativity and fresh perspectives. ERCs build partnerships with industry, practitioners, and other key stakeholders to strengthen the innovative capacity of the United States in a global context. In addition to building capacity for research, innovation, and a diverse workforce, ERCs are expected to produce significant outcomes within the 10-year timeframe of NSF support and beyond. Note: If an institution has two active ERC awards, it does not qualify to submit an ERC preliminary proposal as a lead institution


RWJ Foundation: Data to Improve Community Conditions Shaped by Structural Racism

Amount: $40,000
Intent to Apply Deadline: April 20, 2022
Full Proposal Deadline: May 26, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic underscored that wealth, racism, and privilege continue to play an outsized role in how long and how well people live. It’s important that our data can capture and help address structural racism that creates inequities in community conditions. The purpose of this call for proposals is to provide grants for organizations to use data to inform efforts to improve community conditions shaped by structural racism. We believe that such support is critical for building data capacity in communities to advance health equity. Note: Universities, whether public or private, are ineligible to apply, but are eligible to partner with an applicant that is a 501(c)(3) or Section 501(c)(4) organization.


RWJ Foundation: Food and Health Research Using the Consumer Food Data System

Amount: $100,000
Brief Proposal Deadline: May 16, 2022
Full Proposal Deadline: August 4, 2022

RWJF has widened its focus on childhood obesity to consider issues such as nutritional adequacy; upstream factors affecting food supply; nutritional assistance; and indicators of food quality and availability. To contribute to research, evaluation, and learning, especially for its healthy children and families focus area, RWJF is partnering with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) Economic Research Service (ERS) on an opportunity to make their valuable data on food and nutrition available to researchers.


RWJ Foundation: Research in Transforming Health and Healthcare Systems (RTHS)

Amount: $50,000 - $350,000
Brief Proposal Deadline: June 24, 2022
Full Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2022

The purpose of the 2022 Research in Transforming Health and Healthcare Systems (RTHS) call for proposals is to support policy-relevant, community-engaged research that helps improve the affordability of care for communities most impacted by structural racism, inequities, and discrimination. We seek proposals for research and policy analysis projects that examine the design, implementation, and/or impact of local, state, and/or national policies related to the affordability of high-quality, equitable care. Studies may include people’s ability to: afford health insurance; pay for healthcare services (even with insurance); pay for transportation; childcare; and other services that in turn affect access to medical care. The projects’ goals are to generate timely and useful information for use by policymakers and other decision-makers.


RWJ Foundation: Evidence for Action: Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

Amount: according to scope
Deadline: applications accepted on a rolling basis

Evidence for Action prioritizes research to evaluate specific interventions (e.g., policies, programs, practices) that have the potential to counteract the harms of structural and systemic racism and improve health, well-being, and equity outcomes. This funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, such as the systems, structures, laws, policies, norms, and practices that determine the distribution of resources and opportunities, which in turn influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices, not stop at characterizing or documenting the extent of a problem.


RWJ: Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health

Amount: no budget limit
Deadline: applications accepted on a rolling basis

Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health seeks proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. We are interested in ideas that address any of these four areas of focus: Future of Evidence; Future of Social Interaction; Future of Food; Future of Work. Additionally, we welcome ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas, but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and our progress toward a Culture of Health. We want to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come. The changes we seek require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization, or sector. 

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Last Updated: 4/10/22