Global CFP Funding

  • What is expected of grantees?

    In addition to carrying out the specified research project, the following are additional expectations:

    • Participation in peer networking activities with other E4A and RWJF grantees, including at least one in-person learning exchange event.
    • Pre-registration of study on Open Science Framework (OSF) at the start of the grant period.
    • Participation in periodic progress check-ins throughout the grant period with E4A National Program Office staff.
    • Coordination with E4A to develop and implement a plan to share findings with stakeholders beyond the research community.
    • Reasonable adherence to timelines and budgets built into the project plan, including major project milestones and  dissemination after analyses are complete.
    • Upon completion of the grant, delivery of select products to support next steps for action, such as policy briefs, models or projections of the anticipated effect of the approach in a specific U.S. context, toolkits to guide program leaders in the U.S. who are interested in adapting interventions, and implementation plans for adaptation of an intervention to the U.S.


  • What are the criteria for making funding decisions?
    • Strength of the existing evidence – the effectiveness of the intervention or approach must be supported by research that demonstrates a beneficial impact of the intervention on gender and health equity outcomes.
    • Relevance to improving gender equity – interventions must address overt or underlying causes of inequity, with an emphasis on improving social and structural determinants of health, as opposed to requiring individual behavior modification in the absence of larger systems changes.
    • Plausibility –  a plausible argument should be made for the impact of the intervention on improved health outcomes. The theory of change or causal mechanism through which the intervention is presumed to work in the home country setting should be clear, along with a strong rationale for how these would operate in a U.S. setting.
    • Actionability –  findings from the proposed research should provide guidance to key end users in the U.S. (policymakers, practitioners, program implementors) and inform public discourse and decision-making using appropriate products (policy briefs, protocols, implementation plans).
    • Rigor of proposed study design – studies must include a clear research question; feasible plan for data collection, analysis, and dissemination; and/or use an appropriate framework that guides implementation or adaptation.
    • Qualifications of research team – project teams should have a track record of successful and productive collaboration, as demonstrated by a history of previous partnership; work and resources should be equitably distributed across collaborating organizations; and teams should include key stakeholders (i.e., practitioners, program implementers, members of impacted communities) to guide the research questions and approach.
  • If I am not chosen for this funding opportunity, can I still apply for other RWJF grant opportunities?

    Yes, applicants can apply for other RWJF funding opportunities for which they are eligible. We recognize that good ideas have no borders; and RWJF occasionally offers funding opportunities open to organizations outside of the United States that can help us learn from and adapt global ideas that can help build a Culture of Health in the United States. Organizations outside of the United States should check the eligibility requirements within the particular funding opportunity of interest. To learn more about our global learning efforts, visit Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions and sign up for email alerts to be notified when new solicited global funding opportunities are available.

  • How should I determine my budget?

    Budget requests should be inclusive of both direct and indirect costs. Funds should be allocated equitably among partners. Budgets should also account for costs associated with grantee expectations, including costs for dissemination activities to share findings with stakeholders. The Foundation’s maximum approved rate for indirect costs is 12% of all project costs (Personnel, Other Direct Costs, and Purchased Services) for colleges/universities and hospitals or health systems and up to 20% in indirect costs for non-profit organizations. More detailed guidance is provided in the Budget Preparation Guidelines in the RWJF Application and Review System.

  • What are examples of appropriate and non-appropriate uses of grant funds?

    Funds may be used for personnel, consultant fees, data collection & analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, other direct expenses, and up to 12% in overhead or indirect costs for colleges/universities and hospitals or health systems and up to 20% in indirect costs for non-profit organizations. In general, it is not appropriate to buy office equipment or office software with grant funds. However, if office equipment or software essential for conducting research (i.e., collecting or analyzing data) is needed and justified in the budget narrative, and the cost does not exceed 5% of the total direct costs in the budget, it is acceptable to include such items.

  • How much funding is available and how many grants will be awarded?

    We will award a total of up to $1 million USD through this CFP. We expect to award between 4-10 grants, with individual awards ranging from $100,000 USD to $250,000 USD for a duration of up to 30 months. These amounts are inclusive of indirect costs.

  • Are matching funds, or research funds from other outside sources, required for this funding opportunity?

    No, matching funds are not required, but supplemental funding is welcomed and encouraged. The ability to leverage other funding for the proposed research project is not a criterion for awarding grants, but it may be a consideration in the decision-making process. Awards may also be used to add a supplemental component to an existing project funded by another source; for example, if there is an existing, funded intervention study taking place in another country, this CFP could fund a supplemental study about translating or adapting the intervention to a U.S. setting. 

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