Healthy Eating Research

Funding Agency:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

As part of its commitment to building a national Culture of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks ideas that advance health, equity, and wellbeing. Healthy Eating Research (HER) supports this goal through improving diet quality and nutrition for all Americans, addressing nutrition disparities, and reducing food and nutrition insecurity. HER’s mission is to support and disseminate research on policy, systems, and environmental strategies that promote healthy eating among children and families and advance nutrition security and health equity.

The purpose of this call for proposals (CFP) is to generate evidence on supportive family policies and programs that have strong potential to impact equitable access to nutritious food in communities, nutrition security, diet quality, and improved nutrition and health outcomes. We are especially interested in strategies to improve health outcomes for families with lower incomes and/or racially and ethnically diverse populations experiencing higher rates of diet-related chronic disease and/or health disparities. Findings will be used to guide and inform decisionmaking about policy and system changes that can advance nutrition equity and improve health.

Through this CFP, we seek to learn what works (or not) and why; who benefits the most from these policies and programs; and whether disparities are reduced. We are interested in solution-oriented research that focuses on policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) change at the national, state, local, and tribal levels. The CFP provides opportunities to develop and test innovative approaches to increasing access to healthy foods, such as through child nutrition programs; innovations in technologies; expanding program outreach and eligibility; simplifying program enrollment processes; identifying ways to improve equity within nutrition assistance programs; building the evidence base for these programs’ impacts on diet quality, food insecurity, nutrition, weight, and health; and areas for improvements and scalability.

HER issues CFPs to solicit scientifically rigorous, solution-oriented proposals from investigators representing diverse disciplines and backgrounds. To learn more about the program, we encourage applicants to visit the Healthy Eating Research website at

Deadlines for Concept Papers: April 3, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.
  • Preference will 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 and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation. 

Amount Description

Number of Awards:  Up to 10 awards will be funded.
Amount of Awards:  Each award will be up to a maximum of $275,000 with a total of up to $2.5 million to be funded through this CFP. We encourage proposals that request lower budget amounts.
Award duration:   Awards will be a maximum of 24 months in duration. We encourage proposals that request shorter periods (e.g., 12-18 months)

Funding Type



Women and minorities encouraged


Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 3, 2024