What is the deadline for proposal submission for the current CFP?

The deadline for brief proposal applications is Wednesday January 15, 2014 by 3:00 p.m. EDT.
The deadline for full proposal submission is Thursday, April 24, 2014 by 3:00 p.m. EDT.

Full proposal application submission is by invitation only. To be fair to all applicants, there are no exceptions to the deadline for proposal submission. These submission dates apply to both the Junior Investigator and Midcareer Consultant grants.

How will I know that my proposal has been successfully submitted?

1. You will see a screen confirming your submission.

2. If you registered with a valid e-mail address, you will receive an e-mail message confirming your submission.

3. Sign in at myRWJF and select the Solicitation name from the list of your applications. Once at the solicitation Home Screen, a message will appear at the top of the Home screen stating that your application/proposal has been submitted and is no longer available for editing.

NOTE: Once you have completed all requirements, the "SUBMIT" button located on the home page of the online system will become activated.

How can I check on the status of my proposal once it is submitted?

We expect to receive many proposals, all of which must go through the same review process. If you have a question about a specific proposal, please send an e-mail to Please be sure to include the name of the applicant institution, the principal investigator and contact information in your communication.

How does one apply for a New Connections grant'

You must apply for funding via the MY RWJF online application system. You can access the online system for the most recent Call for Proposals here. Paper applications will not be accepted.

Applicants are encouraged to contact the New Connections program at with any questions about proposal requirements. Please note: Due to the volume of proposals received by the program we are unable to provide feedback on individual proposals once they are submitted

What do I need to know about the grant budget?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's indirect costs rate is 12 percent, and must be included in the total grant. Indirect costs, or overhead, are those costs that are not easily identifiable in an economically feasible way as exclusively related to a particular project but are necessary to conduct the grant.

What are the steps in the proposal process?

The New Connections proposal process has two phases:

Brief proposal phase: 

To submit your brief proposal you must first register for a My RWJF Account here.

Once registered you will have access to the online application system, where you can choose New Connections: Increasing Diversity of RWJF Programming, either Junior Investigator or Midcareer Consultant from the open CFP list. Answer all questions and submit your brief proposal via the online system. Please follow the instructions and guidelines provided for all submissions.

Full proposal stage: 

We will notify applicants selected to move forward to the full proposal stage. Only those applicants invited to the full proposal stage can submit full proposal at that stage.

Who do I contact with questions regarding the Application and Review online system?

Contact the New Connections office by email at if you have problems with the online application system.



What do I need to know about a New Connections grant?

• Award amounts will not exceed $100,000. In 2014, there will be up to 8 grants awarded with potentially up to an additional 2 awards through our partnership with the Public Health Law Research (PHLR) national program office.
• Midcareer Consultants awards are 12 months in length and Junior Investigator awards extend for 24 months.
• All deliverables must be completed by the end of the grant period; deliverables will be specified in the CFP. There will be no extensions allowed.

What are the most important things to take into account when applying for a New Connections grant?


For both Junior Investigator and Midcareer Consultants:

• Only one Principal Investigator is allowed to be covered by a New Connections grant. We do not allow Co-Investigators.
• Principal Investigators are not required to show other financial support, but if you have it, there will be an opportunity to indicate this during the application process.

For Junior Investigators:

• The New Connections grant aims to support researchers by buying out their time so they are able to conduct their research. The minimum FTE requirement for Junior Investigators is 25%.
• A Junior Investigator must demonstrate in-kind support of his/her mentor in the budget and budget narrative by specifying the full-time equivalent of the mentor's time and salary.
• The Junior Investigator must be housed at academic institutions or working within a university department, research center, or other organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501 (c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

For Midcareer Consultants:

• A Midcareer Consultant has the option of receiving a grant directly to their home institution or entering into a consultant/program contract with RWJF.
• While the funding may go to an organization, there should be one Principal Investigator to complete the scope of work proposed.


What is required of New Connections grantees?

• New Connections convenes grantees at certain required training events each year as a way to learn from each other, and for the New Connections program to provide technical assistance. Accordingly, grantees should allocate part of their grant funds for this purpose. Required events will be specified in the Call for Proposals. Grantees may be required to travel to up to two meetings at RWJF to meet with program staff.
• All grantees will be expected to meet the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's requirements for the submission of an annual narrative report, final narrative report and financial reports. Additionally, New Connections has program-specific questions that must be addressed at the close of a grant.

Requirements for Junior Investigators:

• Grants are made from RWJF to the Junior Investigator's home university or other home institution. Home institutions are required to submit financial reports and other grant-related information on behalf of Junior Investigators.
• Junior Investigators are expected to submit at least two manuscripts to a peer-reviewed journal as deliverables.
• Papers should result from work undertaken for the project; papers published prior to the grant will not be considered a deliverable of this project.

Requirements for Mid-career Consultants:

• Midcareer Consultants are expected to submit a white paper or manuscript as a deliverable for their award.
• Midcareer Consultants may be required to present the final results of their project to New Connections and RWJF program staff. They will also be required to write mid-term and final reports. Both reports must include recommendations for future program development and ideas for targeted research related to their specific projects.
• Midcareer Consultants are required to submit financial reports and other contract-related information.

What kind of support and technical assistance is provided to grantees?

• All grantees will be assigned a team to which their project is connected. New Connections program staff will facilitate contact between RWJF program staff and grantees in order to help grantees develop a better understanding of the particular programming team and of the Foundation in general.
• New Connections program staff and team contacts will provide broad qualitative assistance to grantees that will further guide and enlighten their work. The New Connections program staff will make every effort to ensure that the funded projects offer a beneficial professional experience for grantees.