The Foundationís call for proposals for its 2010 grant cycle focuses on issues that improve health and the healthcare system in three areas: obesity, racial and ethnic healthcare equity, and integrated health care. Obesity programs should address the rising rate of obesity among U.S. adults and children. Racial and ethnic healthcare equity should promote equity in health and health care for common chronic conditions and infant mortality. Integrated health care should advance high-quality health care by improving care coordination and communications among healthcare professionals, creating informed and involved patients, and should promote cost-effective, affordable care. Of particular interest are programs that address more than one of these topics. Within the three programs, the Foundation will award research, project, and policy grants. Research grants should generate new knowledge. Project grants should test, apply, or disseminate new practices. Policy grants should analyze and promote policies to ensure that programs and practices are replicated and disseminated. The Foundation will consider grants for national and regional proposals. National grants are awarded to programs that have national impact and relevance. Regional grants are relevant for a certain region, state, or community. Regional grants will be awarded in Phoenix, Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Chicago, Baltimore, Washington D.C., New York City, Philadelphia, Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and the state of Connecticut. Regional grants may not exceed $150,000. National grants may not exceed $250,000. The Foundation has two different processes: one for grants up to $50,000 and one for requests over $50,000. Requests over $50,000 require a letter of inquiry before submitting a proposal. Additional information can be found on the Web site.
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