Research challenge grants

For Researchers

Do you want to see your research make a difference for vulnerable children & families? Are you searching for access to real-world data? Would you like to help a nonprofit learn how to improve an aspect of their programming - improving outcomes for children and families?

The Research Challenge Grant offers you an opportunity to accomplish all three! Apply for an opportunity to collect, analyze, and publish new data that really makes a difference for children and families.

Five winners will be paired specifically with a nonprofit with a promising practice that fits your interest and academic expertise. Each researcher/nonprofit pair will receive up to $10,000 to cover the direct cost of the evaluation process.

The process is simple:

Take a short evaluation

This will help us to ensure you qualify!


Upon your results from the evaluation, submit a full application

Selection Process

Five researchers will be selected and paired with a nonprofit whose practice fits your expertise.


Together, you’ll begin the evaluation process!

More Questions?

Check out the infographic or FAQ's below!

Applications close March 9, 2022. We will send out the decisions as soon as we can, but we value your patience as we try to achieve the best matches possible.

The money will be processed through your institution. All funds should be used for direct costs of the research.  No indirect costs will be covered.

The money must be spent on the evaluation process, including any travel to and from the program site. All funds should be used for direct costs of the research.  No indirect costs will be covered. All funding will be accounted for with an itemized budget.

You would provide an evaluation of one aspect of the nonprofit’s program and help their staff translate the data into a usable format that can inform their practices.

A promising practice is an intervention, service, or strategy that shows potential for leading to improved outcomes for vulnerable children and/or families.

Please note:  We are using an informal definition of “promising practice”

Your role is simply to help the nonprofit gather honest information so they have a clear idea of their program’s efficacy. It’s important to explain to your nonprofit partner that you aren’t giving them a pass or fail grade – you are simply learning together! If they uncover areas where they need to improve, CAFO has many resources available to help them do just that.

You can always send your questions to Paige Anderson at [email protected]