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CISWH Announces Fall 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Innovation Pilot Funding Grant

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Boston University School of Social Work’s Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health (CISWH) is pleased to announce its Fall 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Innovation Pilot Funding Grant. We are seeking proposals for a collaboration that involves BU-affiliated stakeholders and community partners, in one or more of the following domains:

  1. Outcomes-oriented research
  2. Practice and community partnership
  3. Education and training
  4. Policy development and advocacy

One pilot grant will be awarded for this inaugural RFP. Applicants are required to propose a project that is consistent with the following CISWH Guiding Strategies:

  • Foster innovative, multi-sectoral collaborations among social work, public health and other disciplines, and with community partners.
  • Use transdisciplinary organizational models that promote responsiveness, flexibility and community engagement.

The Award is open to all faculty or graduate students from all Boston University Schools and Colleges, as described in the Guidelines. Interdisciplinary collaboration and community partnerships are required.  If you are a community partner interested in finding a BU partner to collaborate with, please email Madi at [email protected]. The successful proposal will receive pilot funding of up to $15,000 for a one year period.


The Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health’s mission is to expand the impact of social work in health, public health, and global health in order to reduce health costs, improve outcomes, improve patient experience, promote population health and stimulate health equity nationally and globally.  The Center promotes social work leadership in health through inter-professional and transdisciplinary collaboration with public health, medicine, health economics, technology, and other relevant disciplines.

CISWH Priority Areas

1. Transdisciplinary and cross-sector collaborations that address social determinants of health and promote health equity, racial equity, and social justice
2. Community-based research that includes meaningful engagement of community partners in all aspects of the work and utilizes existing expertise inside and outside Boston University
3. Education and training opportunities such as leadership, management, and structural racism
4. Social workers’ participation in local and national policy development and advocacy regarding health care, public health and the social determinants of health
5. Integrated health care models that place social workers in leadership positions
6. Economic analyses of the role of social work in health


Please follow our Guidelines. All proposals must be submitted in a single PDF and include the relevant documents listed. Submissions should be up to 5 single-spaced pages in total for narrative, exclusive of attachments, including staff bios, budget, and support letters. Please email proposals to [email protected] by 5pm on October 19.

Important Dates

RFP Release Date: September 22, 2018
Proposal Due Date: October 19, 2018
Successful Proposal Identified: December 3, 2018
Program Start Date: January 7, 2019
Program End Date: December 31, 2019


Please direct any questions to Madi Wachman, Assistant Director, CISWH Programs and Projects at [email protected].