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Robert Wood Johnson Invites Applications for Sixth Round of Active Living Research

Deadline: May 10, 2006

An initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation , Active Living Research is a national, $12.5 million program that stimulates and supports research to identify environmental factors and policies that influence physical activity.

Findings are expected to inform environmental and policy changes that will promote active living among Americans, both young and old. This research will help increase understanding of the relationship of environmental characteristics to physical activity. Research funded under this call for proposals will inform the foundation’s efforts to help halt the increasing prevalence of childhood obesity by 2015.

The research topics identified in this call for proposals are designed to expand the range of built-environment settings that have been studied so far and to fill selected gaps in knowledge. To make the most effective use of available funds, Active Living Research has identified four high-priority research topics:

1) environmental correlates of young people’s use of parks for physical activity;

2) correlates of physical activity in and around buildings, with a primary focus on workplaces;

3) community interventions of RWJF’s Active Living by Design program; and

4) activity-friendly environments in rural communities.

Round 6 of funding for this program will make a total of $1.1 million available for research grants. For topics 1,2, and 3, grants of up to $200,000 over two years are available. For topic 4, grants of up to $60,000 over one year are available. Dissertation grants of up to $25,000 are also available.

Preference may be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

All proposals must be submitted through RWJF’s online grantmaking system. See the foundation’s Web site for complete program guidelines and application procedures.

RFP Link:http://fconline.fdncenter.org/pnd/10001195/rwjf

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