Office of Grant Writing & Publications.

Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) - Healthy & Active Communities Initiative (H&AC)

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 Missouri Foundation for Health (MFH) established the Healthy & Active Communities Initiative (H&AC) in 2005 to respond to the increased obesity rates in the state. The purpose of this request for concept papers is to identify organizations that will be invited to submit full applications for this H&AC funding opportunity. The MFH has identified the increase in the prevalence of obesity among Missourians to be a serious public health issue affecting the residents of the entire MFH service region. MFH has determined that the scope of the problem requires focused funding to support direct program implementation, community education, improved community access and development of local public policy that addresses obesity prevention. This funding program supports projects that use a pre-selected menu of evidence-based, promising and/or innovative strategies to develop coordinated environmental and policy change interventions that prevent obesity. Each of three domains must be addressed: Access/Environment; Community Engagement; Policy/Economics. At least one strategy must be chosen for each of the three domains (complementary strategies) for a concept paper to be competitive. A copy of the MFH matrix of domains and strategies is available in the MFH Request for Concept Papers and is pasted below this announcement. Interested applicants are encouraged to review the MFH Request for Concept Papers (

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., Friday, February 20, 2009. Letters of intent should be limited to 3 pages and should briefly describe the following: 1) The “promising practice strategies” to be implemented; 2) aplicant’s relevant experience and qualifications; 3) anticipated collaborators and their roles in the project; 4) how the project will identify and collaborate with existing community efforts to promote healthy eating and active living; 5) target community and its “readiness” to implement the strategies; and 6) expected outcomes of the project.


$300,000 for a 36-month project

MU Deadline:

4:00 p.m., Friday, February 20, 2009

Concept Paper:

March 2, 2009 (hard copy and e-mail must be received 4 pm)

Full Proposal:

May 14, 2009 (for invited applicants only)

Conference Calls:

February 12, 10-11 am or 2-3 pm
February 17, 2-3 pm
Select one and RSVP to Jenny Minelli, or 314.345.5531. Call-in information will be provided upon registration

URL for more information:

This notice is being sent to deans, directors, and chairs in health and life science disciplines. Please forward it to other faculty members who may be interested.

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