grant funding

The South Jersey Institute for Population Health (SJIPH), established by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors (Joint Board) to improve health outcomes in our region, is pleased to announce its inaugural funding initiative for 2021. SJIPH’s Call for Proposals will fund research projects that involve collaborations between Rowan University, Rutgers University-Camden, and community-based organizations in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland, Salem, Atlantic and Cape May Counties.

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Funding Dollars

Ongoing Projects

main goals

The funding cycle has two main goals:

Advance research and improve health outcomes
Individual research projects should use a population health or population medicine approach to directly improve health, build capacity, and/or reduce health disparities in southern New Jersey. Special consideration will be given to projects that focus on COVID-19 related impacts or COVID-19 identified disparities. In addition, projects should consider the social determinants of health and produce both general knowledge and community impact. Social determinants of health are defined by the World Health Organization as the conditions in which people are born,grow, live, work, and age, and which contribute to global health disparities.
Serve as a foundation for establishing a data hub for research that advances our region
Collectively, the portfolio of funded projects should support the development of the South Jersey Institute for Population Health by building two-way collaborations between community organizations and higher education partners at Rowan and Rutgers, initiating projects that can secure sustainable funding, and contributing data to the Institute. An important motivation of this funding cycle is to lay the groundwork for ongoing regional collaborations that can integrate current fractured data sources together to inform research and influence population health programs.

information session

On May 25, co-leads Sarah Allred and Nicole Vaughn hosted an information session about the inaugural funding initiative. An overview was provided and key questions were answered. This session was recorded and the slides are also available for download below.

Process

The funding process is iterative.

Prospective grantees first submit a brief letter of intent by June 27, 2022

After initial review, some applicants will be invited to a day-long sandbox meeting in late October 14, 2022
where applicants will meet colleagues across the region and partner with facilitators to improve funding proposals.

Final proposals will be due by November 19, 2022, with funding decisions made by December 16, 2022.

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Letters of Intent (LOIs)

Prospective grantees must submit a short letter-of-intent by June 27, 2022 through the submission portal here. The Letter-Of-Intent submission portal asks prospective grantees to answer questions in the following areas: (1) content of research idea; (2) collaborative team; (3) data sharing; (4) impact; (5) sustainability; (6) budget.
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Sandbox Meeting October 4, 2022

Teams selected from the LOIs should plan to attend the Sandbox Meeting at the Joint Health Sciences Building on October 14. This meeting will serve three purposes: (a) clearly communicate to potential grantees the goals of the research funding; (b) bring researchers with related interests and complementary skills together; (c) produce, during the meeting, proposal outlines that can be guided to full research proposals. During the meeting, prospective grantees will participate in planning sessions organized by clusters of interest, skills, and data ideas. Each group will include a facilitator provided by SJIPH. At the meeting, facilitators and potential grantees will develop proposal outlines. The goal is a collaborative rather than competitive environment.
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Final Proposals

Final proposals will be due on November 18, 2022 and will also be submitted through the application portal. Applicants will be asked to provide more detailed responses to the same questions asked in the LOI process.
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Decisions

Final funding decisions will be made by December 16, 2022. Funding will be released through 2023, and projects are anticipated to last through Spring 2024. The funding period is 12 months. Budgets should be planned for this time frame. Reporting requirements will be outlined at the sandbox meeting. All funded projects will be expected to provide brief updates on their project progress and data on a quarterly basis.

Review

CONTENT

Final proposal question:
What is your project idea?

Instructions:
Briefly outline your project idea. The proposal must identify the specific priority population(s) under study and address the goals of the funding initiative as described in the Background Section. Please see www.sjiph.org for the overall mission of SJIPH and its overall interest areas.

Evaluation criteria:
Does the project employ a population health or population medicine approach to directly improve health, build capacity, and/or reduce health disparities in Southern New Jersey. Does it consider the social determinants of health? Does the project focus clearly on a population?

COLLABORATION

Final proposal question:
Every funded proposal must have at (at least one) community partner, a partner from Rutgers-Camden, and a partner from Rowan. Who is your collaborative team?

Instructions:
In addition to the questions above, please describe how the collaborative team has the skills and expertise needed to complete the project. Clearly describe the role each project partner will play.

Evaluation criteria:
Does the proposal include a community partner, a partner from Rutgers-Camden, and a partner from Rowan? Is this collaboration well-situated to achieve project goals? Is the role of each project partner clear? Does the team have the skills needed to complete the project? Describe what role each partner will play in the project.

DATA SHARING

Final proposal question:
What data will your project produce that can be shared with the South Jersey Institute for Population Health?

Instructions:
Please describe what data your project might produce and how this data could be leveraged by others to improve health, build capacity, and/or reduce health disparities.

Evaluation criteria:
Will the project include data to support the long-term goals of the South Jersey Institute for Population Health to integrate fractured data, inform research, influence population health programming in the region and become a valuable public resource?

IMPACT

Final proposal question:
What academic impact will your project have? What community impact will your project have?

Instructions:
Briefly describe the possible academic and community impacts of your project.

Evaluation:
Will the project produce scholarly products (such as papers?) Will the project impact the community? How?

SUSTAINABILITY

Final proposal question:
How can this project lead to future funding?

Instructions:
Provide ideas about how the project can be sustained over time. Possible sources of funding could include foundations, governments, or state and federal funding agencies. If the project is a smaller, clearly-defined project, then explain how results from this project could serve as the basis for other projects. If known, provide specific funding mechanisms. (E.g. “NSF Smart and Connected Communities” is better than “NSF”).

Evaluation>
Is the project sustainable? How likely is the project to secure future funding?

BUDGET

Final proposal question:
Please upload a budget on the following template.  This budget template will serve the needs of the reviewing process. Before funding is distributed, SJIPH will provide an official budget template for contract purposes, and your coordinating institution may require a different budget template.

Instructions:
Upload a budget for the project that takes into account allowable and non-allowable expenses (see sjiph.org). We expect to fund projects across a range of $25,000-$100,000 depending on the category (i.e., Track 1 or Track 2) in which you submitted.

Evaluation:
Does the budget fit with the scope of the proposed project? Is the budget consistent with the guidelines?

ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS

New and Established Partnerships
An important goal of this funding cycle is to build capacity for ongoing collaborative research. Some prospective grantees will be part of teams newly formed to address this call for proposals, while other teams will be established. Newer teams will likely require more technical assistance and help, whereas established teams may develop significant funding proposals on their own. Prospective grantees should indicate whether they are part of a newly formed or established team, and the review process will aim to fund both types of teams. Established teams will likely have stronger initial proposals, but we run the risk of perpetuating the disparities we seek to eliminate if we only fund groups with sufficient capacity and resources to do this work on their own. We also inadvertently disadvantage newer groups from forming, and this may inhibit new areas of interest and research in new populations. For the purposes of this cycle, “established” “established” teams have a track record of working together to secure funding, while “new” teams are those that have desire and motivation to work together, but have not previously had the capacity to secure funding.
Portfolio of Projects
The call for proposals is broad, and we recognize that creating a sustainable institute will require a diversity of projects. In addition to traditional research projects, prospective grantees are encouraged to consider additional types of projects, such as: (a) projects that include the gathering, interpretation, and/or dissemination of South Jersey data to relevant stakeholders, including academic audiences, community organizations, community members, health care providers,policy makers, and funders. Data that support clear action around health and health disparities in South Jersey are particularly encouraged; (b) projects that focus on capacity building or relationship development between different stakeholders in health (community members, community organizations, health care systems, healthcare providers, researchers); (c) projects that implement or evaluate plans to reduce health disparities; (d) projects that focus on the development of the data infrastructure needed to support the South Jersey Institute for Population Health.
Budgeting
?Funding for cycle 2 will consist of two distinct budgeting tracks.

  • Track 1 will consist of up to 12 projects funded at $25,000 for a total of up to $300,000. All project teams are eligible for Track 1 funding.
  • Track 2 will consist of 2-4 projects funded between $50,000 – $100,000 for a total of up to $200,000. Only established project teams with preliminary data will be eligible for Track 2 funding.

All project teams will be required to submit a budget indicating the level of funding they are requesting. However, established project teams can submit a budget for both tracks, should they choose to. Projects that can identify matching funds and/or include in-kind support should be submitted. Individual budget determinations will be made by the reviewing committee. Allowable expenses include: % effort for PI/Co-PI ( no individual person receiving more than 20% of the grant), 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. Indirects are capped at 10% and should be included in your budgets.

application portal

Ready to apply? Submissions should be made by May 31, 2021 using this portal. The application process is meant to be simple and provide reviewers with a general overview of the project, partners, objectives and budget.

If you have questions, please reach us at info@sjiph.org.

INTERESTED IN PARTNERING?

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What makes SJIPH unique is its collaborative focus. We encourage academic and community partners to reach out to us if they would like to participate but may not be currently paired with a team. Please provide a very brief description of your interest and expertise and a member of the team will be in touch with you.

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