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Developing Solutions for Social Isolation in the United States: Learning From the World

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Nonprofits and Agencies for
Programs that Address Social Isolation in the United States

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

12/21/17 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International nonprofits and government agencies for ideas and programs that address the issue of social isolation in the United States, and encourage healthy social connections and overall well-being. Funding is intended to support both United States applicants that want to adapt an idea from another country, as well as international applicants with ideas that could work in the United States.

Social isolation is broadly defined as a state in which an individual lacks a sense of belonging socially, lacks engagement with others, has a minimal number of social contacts, and these contacts do not lead to fulfilling and quality relationships. Proposals should reflect upon the broad contexts and conditions in which social isolation occurs.

The Foundation wants to learn about solutions that have worked in other countries to address social isolation across all ages and life stages, so that it can strengthen social connection in the United States.

The Foundation encourages submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members. It seeks to attract diversity of thought, professional background, race, ethnicity, and cultural perspective in our applicant pool. Building a Culture of Health means integrating health into all aspects of society, so multisector partnerships and collaboration are encouraged.

Proposals must fit with the topic and populations described, integrate global ideas into the project, and must highlight the connections to the Culture of Health Action Framework (see Pre-Application Information below for a link).

Across the globe, countries are taking steps to improve health and well-being in their communities. RWJF is eager to learn from those countries. The Foundation is collaborating with people and organizations around the world to uncover insights that can inspire us all to imagine new possibilities and to surface practical solutions that can be adapted here in the United States.

Populations of interest include children, adolescents, young adults, mothers, and families at risk or isolated because of issues including religion, gender identity, race or ethnicity, health issues, disabilities, and/or trauma; those living in rural communities and/or communities with insufficient basic community infrastructure or who may otherwise be politically or structurally disempowered; and others who may be now or who are at risk to become socially isolated. There is a large body of work on social isolation among older people in the United States. Several U.S. cities are already testing and adapting promising interventions. While the Foundation is open to proposals that address social isolation in older populations, preference will be given to projects focused on children, adolescents, adults, mothers and families at risk.

Projects might include, but are not limited to:

- Pilot or demonstration trial of an intervention to address social isolation developed outside the United States, and, with a U.S. partner, is adapted, piloted and evaluated with a U.S. group or community;
- Learning exchanges between U.S. and global investigators and/or communities to explore approaches to social isolation that may be implemented in the future;
- Evaluate a promising approach to social isolation developed abroad to learn how it might be adapted and implemented in the United States.

The proposed budget should be appropriate to the scope of work, with the higher range typically including a pilot or demonstration trial component.

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, and other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182430

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Project funding will likely range from $250,000 to $750,000.

Term of Contract:

Projects may be up to three years in duration. Grants will begin in September 2018.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

RWJF encourages proposals from both U.S.-based applicants to adapt an overseas idea, and from international applicants with ideas that could work in the United States. RWJF is looking for applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines—
both within and outside the health sector.

Please note:

- Applicants may be based almost anywhere in the world; however, RWJF will only fund proposals that demonstrate clear relevance or applicability to the United States.
- Awards will be made to organizations, not individuals, and preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities, public charities, or nongovernmental organizations.

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

November 9, 2017 (1–2 p.m. ET): Informational webinar for prospective applicants. Registration is required. See Contact Information below for a link to register.

Pre-Application Information:


Blog post:

Culture of Health Action Framework:

Key dates for this solicitation are:

- November 9, 2017 (1–2 p.m. ET): Informational webinar for prospective applicants. Registration is required.
- December 21, 2017 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of proposals.
- Mid-April 2018: Semifinalists notified and asked to address questions in scheduled telephone call with RWJF staff.
- May 1–15, 2018: Telephone calls with semifinalists. Please hold these dates on your calendars.
- Mid-June 2018: Finalists notified.
- September 2018: Grants begin.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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RWJF Global Ideas:

Karabi Acharya, ScD, team director
MaryJoan D. Ladden, PhD, RN, FAAN, senior program officer
Trene Hawkins, program associate
Sharleen Rajput, program financial analyst

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Princeton, NJ 08540-6614

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