The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall Center for Children Joint Research Fund
2016-17 Request for Proposals
The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall Center for Children (Chapin Hall), in accordance with their joint affiliation agreement, are soliciting proposals for the Joint Research Fund (the Fund). The purpose of the Fund is to support outstanding research that investigates and leads to new directions in policy and practice aimed at promoting the well-being of vulnerable children and youth, their families and their communities, while fostering long-term policy-relevant research collaborations between the University and Chapin Hall.
- Award Parameters
- Submission Process
- IRB Plan
- Application Timeline
- Contact Information
- Apply here: http://www.chapinhall.org/partners/joint-fund/application
Chapin Hall was established in 1985 as an independent policy research center at the University of Chicago that builds knowledge to improve the well-being of children, with special attention to those experiencing adverse life circumstances such as maltreatment and extreme poverty. Researchers come from a variety of academic and professional disciplines, including social work, child welfare, public policy, sociology, economics, education, and law. Many have experience in government or service organizations, providing Chapin Hall with its distinctive blend of academic rigor and practical problem solving. Chapin Hall researchers combine a full range of statistical and research methods so that policymakers, government officials, service providers, community groups, and funders are better positioned to use evidence to improve the well-being of vulnerable children and their families.
The Fund is an endeavor by the University and Chapin Hall to provide $200,000 annually for collaborative research projects between University faculty and Chapin Hall researchers.
The Fund will give preference to research projects that:
- Address Chapin Hall’s mission to improve the well-being of vulnerable child populations in policy areas including, but not limited to:
- Child and adolescent development
- Child maltreatment prevention
- Child welfare systems
- Community change
- Economic supports for families
- Home visiting and early childhood initiatives
- Runaway and homeless youth
- Schools, school systems, and afterschool initiatives
- Youth crime and justice
- Examine questions that have relevant policy implications and practical significance, especially those that focus on finding solutions for issues facing vulnerable child and family populations in urban environments;
- Leverage the interdisciplinary perspectives of the research partners in order to promote practice and knowledge exchange between policy makers and researchers;
- Promise the development of future research;
- Support relationship building between Chapin Hall and the University in the short and long term;
- Take advantage of the expertise of researchers from both the University and Chapin Hall and could not be undertaken without such a collaboration; and
- Utilize innovative methods.
Chapin Hall researchers and individuals with an academic research or tenure track appointment at the University are invited to apply. Applications will be evaluated by the Joint Research Fund Steering Committee, which is composed of researchers from Chapin Hall and University faculty.
All project awards and decisions are subject to the following guidelines:
- The minimum award amount for any single research project will be $30,000, and the maximum award will be $100,000 (note: the Steering Committee reserves the right to offer partial funding to projects);
- Research projects must be submitted jointly by at least one Chapin Hall researcher and at least one University faculty member (including individuals with parenthetical rank);
- In considering equally qualified proposals, those submitted by pretenured faculty and/or individuals at the researcher/senior researcher level at Chapin Hall will be given preference over proposals submitted by tenured faculty and/or Chapin Hall fellows/senior fellows;
- Scholars from other affiliates of the University and outside entities may be included in as part of the project team, but may not substitute for the Chapin Hall or University representatives;
- Research projects may last up to 24 months; start and end dates should be made clear in project budget and plan; and
- Awarded funds may be utilized for project expenses, including salaries, fringe benefits, paid time off, reasonable travel, and subrecipient expenses, but may not be applied toward overhead costs (i.e., administrative or indirect costs), honorariums, trainings, or conferences.
The Fund is dedicated to fostering research that has a meaningful impact on policies and practices that affect vulnerable child populations, their families, and their communities. Proposals must make clear the planned deliverables upon completion of the research project.
At the conclusion of the project period, all projects must produce one of the following deliverables:
- Journal article that has been submitted for peer review or is in progress as a working paper;
- Policy brief; or
- Related research proposal that has been submitted to or is in progress as a working proposal for submission to an external agency or funder.
(Note: training or conferences will not be considered substitutes for publications, although either institution may ask recipients to present their research.)
Reporting requirements will be further outlined in award letters, but all projects will be asked to provide a final financial report and one-page narrative report. Additional reporting may be required for projects which exceed 12 months.
Teams who intend to submit an application to the Joint Research Fund are required to notify the Fund of their intent to apply. The deadline for sending this notification is December 15. The intent to apply statement should be sent to email@example.com
Applications(1) should be submitted electronically via the Fund webpage. Attachments should be uploaded as PDFs. Please visit http://www.chapinhall.org/partners/joint-fund/application. The narrative portion (sections 1-5 below) should be three to five pages length in total (references will not be counted toward page length total), with 1.5 line spacing, 1” margins, 12 point font, and include the following sections:
- Project aims including policy implications and practical significance
- Description of anticipated deliverable(s)
- Feasibility of project in proposed time and budget
- Nature of the collaboration between and future of the proposed research partnership
Additional requirements beyond the narrative include:
- Statement regarding the project IRB plan (see below for more information)
- Project plan, including primary research activities by quarter making clear the distinct role of each researcher (no more than 2 pages)
- Budget(2) and budget narrative
- Curriculum vitae of research partners and any subrecipients(3) or consultants.
The Fund requires all applicants to submit a brief statement of their Institutional Review Board (IRB) plan. Statements should identify the cognizant IRB(s) from which approval will be sought. Please craft a description of the sample to be recruited (including whether there are individuals with limited capacity for self determination or entitled to enhanced protection), existing data to be leveraged, as well as the anticipated risks and benefits to study participants. As applicable, state the potential benefit to agencies and programs who may serve as data sources. Include in your IRB plan a clear statement as to whether you will be collecting original data, using administrative data, and the required/expected consents and data sharing agreements. Indicate the nature of the relationship with external partners and whether their support has been sought or obtained. Finally, indicate how data security will be ensured. The IRB plan does not count as part of your 3-5 page narrative limit.
- October 10, 2016 - Application period opens/RFP released
- October 10, 2016 to January 13, 2017 - Submit questions to e-mail below. FAQs will be posted online.
- December 15, 2016 - Intent to Apply notification deadline
- January 13, 2017 - Application deadline for electronic submission at 5:00 p.m.
- Week of March 12, 2017 - Awards announced
- April 1, 2017 - Projects may begin any time after April 1, 2017, but must commence by December 31, 2017
Please direct all queries about the Fund to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Download this RFP (.PDF)
- Download the budget template (.XLSX)
- Download the FAQ
- Sign up to receive updates and reminders about the Joint Research Fund
- Apply here: http://www.chapinhall.org/partners/joint-fund/application
- Applications do not need to be submitted through University Research Administration of The University of Chicago
- Applicants may download required budget template at http://www.chapinhall.org/ch_uploads/UC_CH_Joint_Research_Fund_Budget_Template_Final.xlsx
- If project includes subrecipients and/or consultants, please include a brief workscope