UChicago-Chapin Hall Joint Research Fund Requests Proposals

Seeking projects leading to new directions in child well-being

The University of Chicago and Chapin Hall are soliciting proposals for the 2018–19 cycle of the Joint Research Fund. The Fund provides up to $200,000 annually to research partnerships between the University and Chapin Hall that lead to new directions in policy and practice to promote the well-being of children, families, and communities.

Through the Joint Research Fund, University scholars and Chapin Hall’s applied research and policy experts blend unique perspectives and design studies intended to improve the lives of children and families. The Fund is one example of myriad ways in which the University supports faculty engagement in addressing issues that face our communities today.

Beginning October 9, 2018 until the submission deadline on January 18, 2019, the Fund seeks proposals that take advantage of multidisciplinary perspectives and expertise from both institutions. Proposals should have relevant policy implications and practical significance. Letters of intent (described in the RFP) are due by December 14, 2018. Award announcements occur in mid-March.

Chapin Hall research and policy staff and University faculty (including individuals with parenthetical rank) are eligible to apply. Each project must have a representative of each institution. Budgets for research projects may range in size from $30,000 to $100,000. A committee composed of representatives from Chapin Hall and the University reviews applications.

Now in its sixth year, the Fund encourages the development of evidence to understand and shape how communities and public service systems contribute to positive child, youth, and family development.

Please visit the Joint Research Fund RFP webpage for information on eligibility, award parameters, the application submission process, and the timeline for awards. Interested parties may also sign up for updates and reminders from the Fund. Inquiries may be directed to JointResearchFund@chapinhall.org.

2017–18 Joint Research Fund Awards

Evaluating the Clinical Implementation of the Infant Crying and Parent Well-Being Screening ToolBree Andrews, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Biological Sciences Division/Pediatrics

Tiffany Burkhardt, Researcher, Chapin Hall

Improving Services & Policies for Incarcerated Mothers & Their Children in IllinoisAmy Dworsky, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall

Gina Fedock, Assistant Professor, School of Social Service Administration
How Child Care and Early Education Supply in Chicago Shapes Latino Parents’ Child Care DecisionsJulia Henly, Associate Professor, School of Social Service Administration

Julie Spielberger, Research Fellow, Chapin Hall