The Society of Family Planning and the Society of Family Planning Research Fund believe in just and equitable abortion and contraception informed by science.
To that end, the society is inviting applications for its Changemakers in Family Planning program. According to the organization, institutionalized racism, past and present, is a barrier to the full participation of people of color in science. This systematic maldistribution of resources, power, and opportunity negatively affects scholars of color who enter the academic sphere and the research produced. The science of family planning is no exception; the underrepresentation of people of color inhibits the generation of research on abortion and contraception.
The aim of the Changemakers in Family Planning grant is to respond to institutionalized racism in the science of family planning by providing dedicated support to scholars of color. Awardees will not be expected to conduct original research as part of the grant; rather, awardees will be granted support related to research interests, skills development, mentorship, and networking. Specific support will be allocated over an eighteen month period and includes up to $40,000 to develop a proposal for a pilot or small research project ready for submission to SFPRF or other funding agencies; up to $10,000 to help pay expenses directly related to participation in research skills development opportunities (e.g., program fees, travel expenses); $6,000 to support mentorship contracts with two mentors ($3,000 each), one scholar-identified (background in family planning not required) and one matched to the scholar by SFPRF and proposal reviewers; complementary membership in the Society of Family Planning (SFP) for two years during the award period; and complimentary registration, hotel, and travel to attend the 2020 and 2021 SFP annual meetings.
To be eligible, applicants must self-identify as a person of color and have completed a terminal degree program within ten years of submitting an application. PIs need not be a current SFP member in order to apply. Grants are made to organizations on behalf of a named principal investigator and are limited, without exception, to nonprofit entities that are tax-exempt as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (e.g., academic institutions, research organizations, and community-based organizations).
See the Society of Family Planning Research Fund website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.