Society for Family Planning Research Fund Seeks Applications for Community-Based Research

The mission of the Society of Family Planning Research Fund is to support interdisciplinary research in the biological, medical, epidemiological, behavioral, and social sciences related to family planning. The society focuses on a wide range of research areas — from improvements in basic conceptual or biomedical knowledge, to design of programs or policies that will provide family planning more safely, efficiently and extensively, to studies of the social and psychological dimensions of family planning services and programs.

To advance this mission, the SFP Research Fund is accepting grant applications to its Community-Based Participatory Research program. Projects must respond to one of the research priorities identified in the SFP Research Fund's Priority Setting Report. Acceptable projects include but are not limited to studies that involve survey data, focus groups, or semi-structured interviews to identify community needs for intervention on a specific family planning issue or for process evaluation of a pilot intervention.

In 2017, the fund will award three grants of up to $150,000 each.

Proposals must be submitted by a team that includes co-principal investigators, one from a research or academic setting and one from a community organization, and the roles of each must be clearly described. The PI at the research organization must be an SFP full or junior fellow. All research and community partners must be identified on the proposal.

Eligible community organizations are defined as those that are a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt community-based organization, including health, social service, and other CBOs; advocacy organizations; or grassroots organizations.

Letters of Intent must be received no later than January 31, 2017. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal by March 8, 2017.

See the SFP Research Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.