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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 well-being of children in Wisconsin 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 state of Wisconsin;
  • 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 2021-2022 cycle will be released in May 2020

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, July 24, 2020 5:00 pm CST.

The full proposal is due via REDCap by Thursday, September 10, 2020 5:00 pm CST.


Seed Grant Information Sessions

Meetings or conference calls can be scheduled to learn more about REDIRECT and this RFA, and for networking opportunities with the REDIRECT investigators. If you are interested in scheduling a meeting or phone call, or have any questions about this seed grant program, please email Catherine Carter at