New Connections believes that high-quality research and evaluation that addresses the nation’s health and health care problems demands diverse perspectives. Through an annual Call for Proposals (CFP), New Connections provides up to thirteen $100,000 grants per year to support Junior Investigators and mid-career Consultants to address specific research questions and program evaluation needs as posed by RWJF program teams. New Connections grantees receive support from RWJF and New Connections program staff as they complete their projects.
New Connections’ career development and mentoring efforts take place throughout the year. We hold an Annual Symposium in the Summer and Annual Research and Coaching Clinic in the Fall that bring together diverse, early- and mid-career professionals and senior scholars and researchers for training and mentoring opportunities. Highlights of the Annual Symposium include scientific sessions and a Speed Mentoring event whereas examples of sessions from the Annual Research and Coaching Clinic are writing and communication strategy workshops. Training and mentoring opportunities can benefit early- and mid-career professionals by enhancing their skill sets and facilitating career development at their individual institutions.
New Connections also aims to grow and support a broad network of diverse researchers, scholars and consultants. The New Connections network is comprised of grantees and alumni, as well as individuals who have attended New Connections events, applied for New Connections funding (even if they were turned down) and/or are interested in the work of New Connections and RWJF. Among other efforts, we extend invitations to New Connections events and provide alerts about funding opportunities to network members.