Frequently Asked Questions

Sandbox Meeting

Scheduled for October 1, 2021 at the Joint Health Sciences Center.

What is the Sandbox Meeting?

The Sandbox Meeting is for LOIs that have been selected by reviewers to advance to the next stage. These projects are deemed promising and the this meeting is intended to serve as a incubator for ideas and research partnerships.

Who is required to attend and will it be in-person?

Yes, every project must be represented at the Sandbox Meeting by at least 1 team member. The event is anticipated to be in-person event at the Joint Health Sciences Center on October 1, and all COVID-19 related state guidelines will be prioritized and followed

Will invited projects require Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden researchers?

All projects will require academic and community partner. Priority will be given to projects that include both Rowan and Rutgers-Camden faculty collaborations and/or those that have academic partners from more than one institution

Where is the Joint Health Sciences Center?

The Center is located at 201 Broadway, Camden, NJ 08103.

Partners
I am part of a team that is already working together. For this project, we would like to double the number of partners to include new partners we haven't worked with before. We also want to launch a new program that has been piloted by one of the existing partners on a small scale. Are we a new partnership or an existing one?

If you have a working partnership and are looking to expand your partnership to add new partners for this funding initiative, your project would be considered an existing partnership.  Existing partnerships include any members of your team that have worked together for over 6 months (i.e., whether funded or not funded).  New partnerships are partners who have been working together less than 6 months, have not been funded, or do not have all partners identified at the LOI stage.

I am interested in this initiative, but do not have a specific project idea but would be open as an individual entity to share my contact information and skillset. Where do I submit my information?

Yes, we are interested in gathering information from interested individuals, community agencies, etc. that may not have an idea but may want to be matched with another project. Please submit your information on the grants page (form located towards the bottom pf the page).

Who counts as an academic partner?

Faculty (tenure-track and NTT), post-docs, staff, doctoral candidates (e.g. PhD, MD, DO, EdD).

Are educational institutions (i.e., community colleges, other universities) other than Rutgers-Camden or Rowan University allowed to collaborate with the initiative?

Yes, other educational institutions are open to be part of teams for this initiative. All final project proposals that will be funded will have identified Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden researchers as well as a community partner on the team.   This state funding initiative is designed to enhance the collaboration between Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden and community stakeholders to advance health equity and reduce health disparities in southern NJ.  All projects that include other institutions alongside these required partners are welcomed. All projects at the LOI stage do not have to have researchers from Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden identified before the May 31, 2021 deadline.

Since applicants do not have to identify partners at the current LOI stage, is it enough for applicants to express their desire to collaborate, even if they do not have their specific partners in mind?

Yes, applicants DO NOT have to identify partners from Rowan University (i.e., Rowan University-Glassboro, RowanSOM, CMSRU) or Rutgers-Camden or other community stakeholders at this stage.  Applicants can put forward their initial ideas for a project that they have in mind that meet the criteria and indicate that they have a need to find partners. All ideas and projects are welcomed at this stage whether all partners are established or not yet determined.

Will invited projects require Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden researchers?

All projects will require academic and community partner. Priority will be given to projects that include both Rowan and Rutgers-Camden faculty collaborations and/or those that have academic partners from more than one institution

If a project will be implemented at a local school in one of the 7 counties in Southern NJ, is the school considered as a community partner?

Yes, schools, or other community organizations located in one of the 7 counties that serve individuals in that county or counties are community partners and are welcomed as part of this funding initiative.

 

Can an individual researcher or community partner be a member of multiple projects at the LOI stage? Are there any limitations of how many faculty can work together on one project from Rowan and Rutgers-Camden?

Yes, individual researchers and community partners/stakeholders can be part of multiple projects at the LOI stage.  All ideas and projects are welcomed at this stage.  Additionally, There are no limits on the number of faculty that can work together on a project. One lead faculty member from each institution will be identified along with a lead community stakeholder for all projects. 

 

What units are eligible?

Rutgers-Camden, Rowan University, Rowan School of Medicine, Cooper Medical School of Rowan University.

How will the collaboration criterion be evaluated if all partners are not identified?

This funding call is open to NEW and ESTABLISHED teams to encourage all to apply and share project ideas. The project idea and impact will be weighted more heavily than the collaboration criteria for new partnerships or not yet formed partnership.  We recognized in this  funding initiative that all projects may not have all of the partners determined, but have ideas that are potentially fund-able and that the desire to assemble the right team may take more time and support. LOI project ideas that are selected for the Sandbox meeting, will have the opportunity to develop their ideas and partnerships further. NEW and ESTABLISHED teams will be evaluated in separate applicant pools.

Will data collected be required to be shared with SJIPH?

All projects require a data-sharing plan, but not all data collected are required to be shared.

Are health systems eligible to serve as community partners?

Yes, health systems are welcomed to serve as community partners for this funding initiative.

Are there restriction on funds?

Allowable expenses include: percent effort for PI/Co-PI/project staff, hourly student wages, supplies, materials,equipment, mileage reimbursement for study-related travel, travel for students to attend professional conferences, software, data analysis/evaluation. Non-allowable costs to include: food (except as related to human-subjects research), equipment exceeding $3000, and publication subvention. There is a 10% indirect cost cap as the funds for this initiative are New Jersey state government dollars.

If projects are awarded at the full proposal stage, how will the funding flow between entities? Is the funding awarded to the academic institution, or to the community organization, or both (and if both, how)?

The Rowan University/Rutgers Camden Board of Governors will oversee distribution of funds. Specific details regarding funding disbursement for each partner will be available at the Sandbox meeting on October 1, 2021.

Funding and Focus
Are there specific health priorities for SJIPH projects? Is there a specific focus of this inaugural funding initiative?

There are no specific health priorities that projects should focus on for SJIPH. This call is intended to be expansive to allow for all ideas and projects to be submitted. There are no prioritized health conditions or diseases, or issues of focus. This funding initiative is open to all project ideas that focus on reducing health disparities and improving health equity in one or more of the 7 counties in Southern New Jersey using a population medicine, population health or public health approach. All ideas and projects are welcomed that meet these broad criteria.

Can this funding initiative support programs (as opposed to Research)?

Funding can support programs if there is a corresponding contribution to research or data supports the broader mission of the SJIPH.

Does my project have to be COVID-19 related?

No, but priority will be given to projects that relate to COVID-19 in some way, including addressing health disparities or needs revealed by COVID-19, and providing data on populations impacted by COVID-19.

Does my project have to be in southern New Jersey?

Yes, all projects must focus on populations or individuals from at least one of the seven counties in the southern New Jersey region outlined.

If my project is invited to the Sandbox Meeting, what are my chances of being funded?

Our goal is to fund the majority of projects invited to the Sandbox Meeting provided their full proposals address funding criteria and priorities.

Are there restriction on funds?

Allowable expenses include: percent effort for PI/Co-PI/project staff, hourly student wages, supplies, materials,equipment, mileage reimbursement for study-related travel, travel for students to attend professional conferences, software, data analysis/evaluation. Non-allowable costs to include: food (except as related to human-subjects research), equipment exceeding $3000, and publication subvention. There is a 10% indirect cost cap as the funds for this initiative are New Jersey state government dollars.

On the SJIPH website, there is a statement in the budgeting section that states “Projects that can identify matching funds and/or include in-kind support should be submitted”. Please describe this in more detail.

If you have current funding from another source and you would like the SJIPH funding to build on or expand the work that is already externally funded, then you are allowed to apply for this funding initiative and disclose your other funding sources.  If there are in-kind dollars that are part of your project, you can also disclose that as well. Matching funds, in-kind, and other support are not required for this funding initiative and projects that include these types of support will be evaluated in the same way as all projects that do not have these supports. 

Is the funding for this initiative from federal or state government dollars? If so, are there restrictions/requirements tied to that government agency that applicants?

The funds for this initiative are New Jersey state government dollars. There is a 10% indirect cost cap.

Are there names of previous grant award winners and the projects they submitted?

This is the inaugural funding initiative for SJIPH. There have not been previous grant awardees.

Does this initiative intend to focus exclusively on research at this stage or would there be an opportunity to fund application-based initiatives that align with the Institute's mission?

This initiative is looking for projects that engage community stakeholders and academic partners. While this opportunity is open to application-based or programmatic initiatives, there should be a research question and data that can be generated that could advance understanding and exploration of a health-related issue.

Are there health issues the funder is prioritizing?

No, at this stage all health issues and ideas are welcomed for this initiative as long as it meets the criteria outlined in the LOI. There are no restrictions on type of health issue.

How long after the close of the project will the final report be expected? Will outcomes of the various projects be shared?

All projects will have 4-6 weeks to submit their final report to SJIPH.  Final reports will be expected in Spring 2023 for all funded projects under this initiative. There will be additional reporting requests through the funding year from all projects, but the request will be structured and we do not anticipate the updates to be onerous. We anticipate sharing outcomes from the various funded projects through publications, community updates and/or presentations in the Spring/Summer of 2023.. Finally, a combined report of all project outcomes across all awarded projects will be submitted to the Rowan University/Rutgers Camden Joint Board in Summer 2023. 

 

Are there limits on the number of projects under this initiative?

Yes, we are anticipating funding 10-12 projects under this inaugural funding initiative. 

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