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Featured Funding Opportunity: Technology, Infrastructure and Health

Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public Agencies
for Projects to Improve Health Equity through Technology

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/17/18 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA nonprofits and public agencies for projects that explore the relationship between technology and health equity. Funding is intended for projects that explore the connection between technology and public health, how to use technology to improve health and health equity throughout the United States, and how to mitigate the negative effects of technology in communities.

Through this exploration the Foundation is looking for projects that explore the relationship between technology, infrastructure, and health and examine how technology’s impact on infrastructure in the near future (5-10 years) could influence efforts to improve health equity in the United States.

With regard to technology, the Foundation is primarily interested in digital technologies - the electronic tools, systems and structures that generate, store, and interpret data. These range from sensors and server farms, to virtual reality and more.

When talking about infrastructure, the Foundation means physical infrastructure, like roads and electrical grids, as well as data infrastructure, which generates, collects and supports the flow of information, and human infrastructure - the network of people - that supports the functioning of society.

Projects should be future-oriented, cultivating lessons that will hold relevance in the years to come, and can include, but are not limited to:
- Explorations of how data-driven infrastructure will enable or constrain access to healthy choices in everyday life.
- Frameworks for how we support design, decision-making and governance of infrastructures that will ensure more equitable health outcomes for all in America.
- Meta-analyses of how patterns of technology use influence decisions about the use and value of physical spaces.
- Projects that document the ways in which Internet of Things-based sensor networks and surveillance infrastructure are increasingly embedded in public spaces with varying impacts on health and well-being.
- Applied research projects that identify new ways to govern and regulate the development and application of data-driven technologies that have an impact on infrastructure and health.
- Historical analyses of the technology industry’s impact on health via infrastructure—translating these lessons into best practices for various stakeholders.

Priority will be given to proposals that:
- Have a clearly-articulated focus on improving health equity;
- Focus at the population, rather than individual level;
- Include cross-sector collaboration or a multi-disciplinary effort or initiative;
- Prioritize community engagement;
- Explore the potential for emerging trends to impact our ability to build a Culture of Health; and
- Are both timely and future-oriented, cultivating lessons that are relevant now and will be in the the years to come

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 184338

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Projects within the $200,000 - $400,000 budget range will be funded.

Term of Contract:

Project term is between 12-36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The vast majority of Foundation funding is to nonprofit organizations and public agencies.

The Foundation is not interested in projects that primarily focus on building new structures, applications or online platforms, or in sustaining or scaling existing programs or interventions.

Pre-Application Information:

Please submit your ideas for Technology, Infrastructure and Health by October 17, 2018 by 3:00 PM ET.

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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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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
50 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540-6614

US Toll Free: (877) 843-7953
International: +1 (609) 627-6000

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