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The Medical College of Wisconsin Institute for Health & Equity and the Center for Healthy Communities and Research will provide four $40,000 18-month grants annually to advance the aims of the Research in Early childhood Development by Improving Resiliency and EQuiTy (REDIRECT) project. REDIRECT is funded by the MCW Advancing a Healthier Wisconsin endowment.

The overarching project goal of REDIRECT is to improve the wellbeing of children in Milwaukee through quantitative data analysis and qualitative exploration of the key drivers of health disparities related to early childhood development. The research will create a better understanding of the complex interplay between individual, family, community and strengths-based factors to overcome adversity and enable children to thrive. This will allow us to evaluate existing interventions and design evidence-based interventions to improve child development and kindergarten readiness.

Learn more about REDIRECT

Pilot Proposals Should:

  • Align with one of these REDIRECT aims:
  1. Examine the contributing factors to disparities, protective factors for resilience, and outcomes in Early Childhood Development (ECD) at individual, family, community, and/or societal levels
  2. Evaluate policies and/or develop community-engaged interventions to improve ECD outcomes.
  • Demonstrate clear relevance and importance to children under age 5 and their families who reside in the City of Milwaukee;
  • Encourage sustainable, authentic community-academic partnerships where appropriate; and
  • Describe a plan for disseminating findings and continuing the research and project activities beyond the pilot grant, including how outcomes will be used to seek external funding or leveraged to expand promising projects.

RFA for the 2020-2021 cycle is now live

Visit the REDIRECT BOX folder for:

RFA document (PDF)

  1. Cover Page (DOCX)
  2. Narrative Form (DOCX)
  3. *References (not included - please list separately) 
  4. Implementation Plan (DOCX)
  5. *CV/Bio (Please provide in NIH format) 
  6. Budget Table by FY (XLSX)
  7. Budget Justification Form (DOCX)
  8. *Letters of Commitment or Support (not included - please provide separately)
  9. Non-Supplanting Attestation Form (DOC)
  10. Cost-Sharing Form (PDF) (only if applicable)
    *Items not included in box folder - see Application Documents INSTRUCTIONS (docx) for more information.

The Letter of Intent form is due via REDCap by Friday, October 18, 2019 5:00 pm CST.

The full proposal is due via eBridge by Thursday, October 31, 2019 5:00 pm CST.


Seed Grant Information Sessions

Informal sessions will be held to provide information about REDIRECT and this RFA.
There will also be time allotted for networking opportunities with REDIRECT investigators and potential seed grant applicants.

Please contact Catie Carter at for more information if you are interested in attending or calling in.