Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

Ford Foundation Sexuality, Health and Rights Among Youth in the US

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

202 Jesse Hall
University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

573 882-9500 phone
573 884-8371 fax

Limited Submission Announcement

The Ford Foundation requests grant proposals for a new initiative to support social science research, entitled "Sexuality, Health, and Rights among Youth in the United States: Transforming Public Policy and Public Understanding." This initiative aims to support and prepare researchers to take on the challenges of social science sexuality research in the 21st century.

The foundation is interested in proposals that integrate social science research, graduate student training and strategic communications in order to deepen public understanding and inform policies that impact sexuality and reproductive health and rights of adolescents and young adults. Proposals that explore the role of structural inequalities, stigma and discrimination, and mechanisms of social exclusion related to gender, sexual orientation, class, race and ethnicity and their intersections are of particular interest, as are proposals exploring how youth and adults in local communities seek to understand and address sexuality, health and human rights through a range of individual and collective actions. Proposals that seek to inform current or new policy at the federal and/or state levels will be considered as well as efforts to understand better how sexuality is both addressed and impacted by large-scale service or program interventions.

In addition, proposals that seek to further develop a human rights lens on youth, sexuality and health, particularly in relation to U.S. domestic policies, services and programs will be considered. All proposals must demonstrate how they would inform public policy or public dialogue on targeted sexuality or reproductive health and rights issues.

To register for informational Q and A calls to be held on January 5 or January 7, 2010, please send an email to: with the subject line “Informational Call.”

Because MU is limited to one application for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2010. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should include 1) a brief description of the proposed research, student training support and activities, and strategic communications effort, and 2) anticipated impacts on professional development, graduate student training, and public policy and/or public conversation.

Update: Multiple letters of intent are allowed per institution for this program, so we will not hold an internal competition. Please follow the normal internal submission guidelines for this opportunity.


Maximum budget per institution will be $500,000 in total costs (direct and indirect combined). Budgets will have a 15 percent cap on indirect costs. Proposed projects should be completed in a two- to three-year time frame. Innovative projects proposing smaller budgets are encouraged.

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 15, 2010

Sponsor Deadlines:

Required letters of intent due February 1, 2010. Full proposals are by invitation only.


URL for more information:

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