Funding Opportunities

The WPHRN emails its members updates about potential funding opportunities that may be relevant to WPHRN’s mission and members.  Links to funding sources regularly checked by WPHRN are listed below.  Peruse these or, for a quick look, check out the WPHRN compilation of funding opportunities.  Contact us to discuss your research ideas!

Grant Funding Tips

We want to increase the number of public health services and systems research (PHSSR) projects, so WPHRN provides members with frequent updates about funding opportunities to support such projects.

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Who can apply for research project funding?

Grant postings indicate the types of agencies/organizations that are eligible to apply for funding.

Partnering when applying for research project funding

In some circumstances, it may be advantageous for agencies/organizations to apply in partnership with other organizations, such as the WPHRN for research project funding. When applying for funding, a principal investigator and lead agency are needed. The principal investigator is someone who has the qualifications needed to conduct a research study and often has access to an institutional review board. A lead agency will have the capacity to fiscally manage the funding that is received. For example, researchers often collaborate with practice partners to help with idea generation, provide letters of support, and be part of a study advisory team. Health departments will often apply in partnership for funding with a researcher if they do not have a staff member that is qualified to lead a research study. There are many different partnership arrangements that can occur when applying for funding.

How do proposals receive WPHRN endorsement?

Proposals are screened by WPHRN staff and Co-Chairs. The WPHRN Steering Committee then reviews and votes on proposals or funded research projects to decide if the network will provide project endorsement and/or will make network resources available. Guidelines are used during the decision making process. Those interested in submitting a project for network endorsement are highly encouraged to review the WPHRN guidelines and WPHRN Priority Research Questions.

How can WPHRN assist public health practitioners and researchers that are interested in obtaining PHSSR funding?

The purpose of WPHRN is to link and support public health practitioners and researchers in order to answer questions and disseminate discoveries applicable to improving practice and population health. Because WPHRN has limited resources, assistance available from WPHRN staff for proposal preparation is limited to:

Providing WPHRN members with current funding information

Facilitating connections between public health practitioners and researchers

Supporting and endorsing research proposals, and

Providing information about additional resources.

Investigators seeking to provide financial support to the WPHRN in their grant proposals for additional research project related support or services should contact the Research Program Manager or WPHRN Co-Directors during the proposal-writing phase to discuss their project needs.