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Rapid Response Pilot Project Core (RRPC) provides a mechanism to support the study of time-sensitive, innovative, rapid response pilot projects that use a systems-oriented approach to the study of impending policy and environmental changes ("natural experiments") relevant to understanding and combating childhood obesity. Summaries of the current/recent awards are here. We are particularly interested in new policies and environmental changes where baseline data can be captured as "natural experiments. Each year, the RRPC will issue at least 2 RFAs, typically in January and July. Applicants can request up to $30,000 in total costs (including institutional overhead). One or two awards will be made in each RFA round, depending on the funds available and quality of proposals received. Investigators worldwide are eligible and the RRPC encourages both junior and senior investigators to apply. Research proposals are evaluated by scientific peers based from within and outside of the JHGCCO. The Center will fund the most competitive proposals each year, and provide support as well via the services and resources of the other Center cores. In the last two years, we received applications from more than 12 countries in Asia, Africa, Australia, North America, and South America and funded nine highly promising pilot projects covering topics ranging from walking paths to school meals.

JHGCCO Request for Applications (RFA): Round 5 (released on January 7, 2014)

An optional informational teleconference will take place January 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. EST
Telephone Call Center Information: Dial +1 (213) 289-0010, use access code 825-646-647.

Date RFA Posted

January 7, 2014

Funds available

One award of $30,000 in total costs

Date of Informational Teleconference

January 22, 2014 at 11 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.A.)

Due Date for Summary of Research Concept Proposal

February 3, 2014 at 6 p.m.�Eastern Daylight Time (U.S.A.)

Date of Notification of Invitation to Submit Full Proposal

February 12, 2014

For researchers who are invited to submit a full proposal

Due Date for Full Proposals

March 12, 2014 at 6 p.m. ET

Date of Notification of Award

April 9, 2014

Funding Start Date

April 23, 2014 or later*

The NIH-funded Johns Hopkins Global Center on Childhood Obesity (JHGCCO) is seeking applications for research that focuses on time-sensitive changes in environments or policies that may reduce the prevalence of childhood obesity. Projects should take a systems perspective and have the potential to inform the development or confirmation of community- or population-based interventions. We invite applications from investigators at all career levels in the United States and globally.

This solicitation is for research that requires short-cycle funding decisions (‘rapid response’ studies). Awards will be announced�approximately three months from the RFA release date. Eligible studies must be associated with actual policies or processes that are pending in real world settings (e.g., natural experiments), requiring “time-sensitive” data collection that would not be possible if the funding decision were made on a regular 9-month NIH review cycle. The JHGCCO RFAs are re-issued every six months, in January and July. Download the full RFA here.

In Round 5, we will be able to fund one project for a maximum of $30,000 total costs. A 1 page concept summary of the proposed research is due on February 3, 2014. After review of the research concepts, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal (5 page limit). For those applicants, full proposals will be due on March 12, 2014. The final awardee will be notified by April 9, 2014. See previous award recipients.