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Advancing the Science Behind Childhood Adversity

Grants to USA Organizations for Research Projects
to Address the Impacts of Childhood Adversity

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Grants to USA organizations for research projects to improve the understanding of childhood adversity and its effects, and to offer actionable solutions to address them. Strong consideration will be given to projects in the San Francisco Bay Area but projects outside of this area will also be considered. The San Francisco Bay Area includes Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma counties.

The goal of the funding is to significantly improve the health and well-being of low-income children and families affected by childhood adversity, through the pediatric healthcare system and community settings that support it. Genentech invites innovative research proposals to advance understanding of childhood adversity, its impacts, and solutions to address it. 

Strong proposals will:

  • Strengthen understanding of how to define and measure childhood adversity and toxic stress, and its impacts, from a biological, developmental, and public health perspective.
  • Validate and build the evidence base for strategies to address childhood adversity, grounded in the pediatric medical home and with the potential to be scaled and reimbursed.
  • Identify and address other critical research gaps in improving care quality, health, and developmental outcomes for young children at risk of or exposed to adversity.
  • Deepen understanding of how ACEs, trauma, and toxic stress impact health and developmental trajectory, and our ability to deliver high-quality care for all.

Additional Considerations

  • Proposals with an early childhood focus (families/caregivers with children under age 5) are strongly encouraged.
  • Research projects must be U.S. based. San Francisco Bay Area projects (focused on including Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Santa Clara, San Francisco, San Mateo, Solano, and Sonoma counties) will be strongly considered; projects taking place outside of the Bay Area will also be considered.
  • Strong proposals will demonstrate the rigor behind the project, potential to translate findings into actionable change, and will fill gaps in the evidence base, contributing to scientific advancement.
  • Proposals reflecting a particularly innovative approach or out-of-the-box thinking are strongly encouraged.

Proposal Requirements

  • Problem Definition: Clear, data-driven articulation of the unmet need, problem, or opportunity at hand. Includes data, insights, or first-hand perspective on the issues that the research aims to explore.
  • Rationale: Description of why the research project will uniquely contribute to advancing the science and practice of addressing childhood adversity.
  • Research Approach and Study Design: Describe the research questions or hypotheses that will be explored, and how those questions will be examined, including the use of a control group (if relevant). Specify the health outcome(s) and any other primary or secondary outcomes measured. Include a project implementation timeline.
  • Research Team: Describe the characteristics and qualifications of the research team and any unique partnerships in place to conduct the research.
    • Note: Additional consideration will be given to research teams that demonstrate multi-sector partnership and collaboration, including research proposals that actively engage families and communities in the design, development, and execution of research efforts.
  • Budget: Project budget, including costs associated with providing open-access rights to research after published, if relevant.
  • Dissemination Strategy: High-level plan for dissemination of study findings, including key audience(s) for research findings and approaches to dissemination, including and beyond academic journals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186725

Term of Contract:

Research projects funded typically cover 12-24 months.

Start date must be January 1, 2020 or later

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In order to be eligible for this type of funding, your organization must not be:
- A political or sectarian organization
- An individual, group practice, or private physician office
- Owned in whole or in part by a physician or a group of physicians,
- A charitable foundation of a small group practice (less than 50 physicians)
- An organization with a written policy to discriminate based on race, religion, gender, gender expression and/or identify, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military status, or any other protected status is ineligible for funding

In order to be eligible for this type of funding, the funding must not be used for:
- The purpose of developing clinical practice guidelines, e.g., statements that include recommendations intended to help practitioners make appropriate healthcare decisions for specific clinical conditions
- Religious purpose
- Promotion of a Genentech or Roche product or to influence formulary decisions
- Research involving or undertaken in relation to Genentech or Roche products (whether investigational and/or approved for other uses)

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Pre-Application Information:

Applications must be completed and submitted by October 1, 2019.

Final approvals and denials will be communicated via standard grant-submission means (i.e. email notifications) no later than the week of December 1, 2019. There have been no predetermined approvals.

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