As one of its core strategies, the Society of Family Planning Research Fund (SFPRF) is seeking to build and support an inclusive, multidisciplinary, skilled, and well-connected community of emerging scholars with a shared focus on family planning. Providing early-career research support to graduate-level trainees is an important step to actualizing this strategy.
To that end, SFPRF is inviting proposals for the Emerging Scholars in Family Planning grant program, the goal of which is to cultivate the next generation of scholars by supporting their work and welcoming them into the family planning research community.
Grants may be used to support a publishable scholarly research project, including those associated with a thesis or dissertation. The proposed project activities should be completed within one year of award.
The program is open to scholars who at the time of award are enrolled in a degree program at the master’s- or doctorate-level, or are in clinical study as a medical student, nursing student, or resident; are proposing a research project on a family planning topic based in the United States; and reside in the U.S.
Grants will be made to organizations on behalf of a named principal investigator. The PI need not be a current Society of Family Planning (SFP) member in order to apply. Grants are limited, without exception, to academic institutions, research organizations, and community-based organizations with nonprofit or tax-exempt status.
The maximum grant award is $7,500. Funds may be used to support expenses that are directly related to research (e.g., statistical support, translation services, equipment, participant reimbursement, and travel directly associated with conducting research). Up to 20 percent of the requested award amount may be used as stipends to support time or to present findings at an academic conference. No indirect costs are permitted for this award. We encourage scholars to submit their work for presentation at a broad array of conferences.
Grantees also well receive a $3,000 stipend to support a mentorship contract (scope of work defined by the scholar) with a mentor from the SFP community matched to the scholar on the basis of the research topic and/or methods, as well as support from SFPRF staff to define this scope of work and administer the mentorship contract, as well as career development funding to cover processing fees associated with open-access publication (provided the work is published within two years of grant completion).
For the complete RFP, see the Society of Family Planning Research Fund website.