An Important New Connections Update
The New Connections Team, January 29, 2018
We would like to share with you an update about the New Connections program. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is constantly looking at its programs to determine how best to equip the next generation of leaders to build a Culture of Health. Given the success of the New Connections program, and the important lessons we have learned about developing and supporting early and mid-career researchers from underrepresented backgrounds, the Foundation believes that New Connections principles and approaches should be present in all its grant programs. To do so, the Foundation has made the decision that New Connections—as a separate program—will close in mid-2019; however, it also means the Foundation will provide more opportunities for grant funding and support for early-career researchers from underrepresented backgrounds within a broader range of RWJF programming.
Over the course of 2018, the National Program Office team will work with RJWF senior program officer Maryjoan Ladden to:
- Integrate New Connections principles and practices into Research-Evaluation-Learning programming, as well as other grant programs.
- Curate the resources New Connections has already developed to create an early-career track and resources for a new broader network strategy being developed for 2019.
New Connections will continue some of its signature activities in 2018, and we will ensure that the network continues to thrive. While we do not have all the logistics ironed out, we are striving to do so quickly, and will share more details as we know them. In the meantime, we welcome your feedback and questions.
We understand that this news may come as a surprise. This news is difficult to announce—and we know it is difficult to receive. However, we are excited about the expanded opportunities this will provide New Connections scholars to engage in the Foundation’s work within the Research Evaluation and Learning and Leadership for Better Health areas, as well as in programming across the Foundation. Throughout the year ahead and beyond, we will communicate to the New Connections network about these opportunities.
RWJF and New Connections will collaborate for a smooth transition over the coming months, and will offer regular updates, as well as any new funding opportunities, via the New Connections website, email, and in-person events. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, concerns, or feedback.
We deeply thank you for all of your contributions. Please be assured that we will continue to find opportunities to collaborate as we work with RWJF to transition the program in the most strategic and beneficial way.
The New Connections Team