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Bridging the Word Gap Research Network (BWG)

  • Program Name:Bridging the Word Gap Research Network
  • Activity Code:U6D
  • Application Available:1/21/2021
  • Application Deadline:4/22/2021
  • Created By:Schwab, Dawn
  • Created On:11/7/2019
  • Last Updated by:Wildberger, William
  • Last Updated On:1/21/2021
  • Estimated Project Start Date:9/1/2021

 Details of the changes posted in this announcement

Not Available

 Announcement Information

Announcement Number HRSA-21-040
Announcement Code
CFDA Number 93.110
Provisional No
Activity Code U6D
Competitive Yes
Fiscal Year 2021


This notice announces the opportunity to apply for funding for the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network (BWG). Previous research has found that on average, by age three, children from low-income families knew less than half of the amount of words compared to children from more economically advantaged families (i.e., 500 words versus 1100 words).1 This word gap negatively impacts early language learning, educational attainment, health care-seeking, and socioeconomic outcomes in later years. The purpose of this program is to establish and maintain a national, multi-site, collaborative Research Network to develop, test, and promote effective interventions for supporting the enrichment of the early home learning environments of children from underserved2 families for whom there are limited interventions or existing interventions are ineffective. BWG will: • Lead, promote, and coordinate national research activities to support the enrichment of early home learning environments experienced by children from underserved families relative to children from families with greater resources; • Develop and maintain an infrastructure to support a portfolio of interdisciplinary research to foster the implementation of multi-site intervention research studies to support the enrichment of children’s early home learning environments; • Coordinate a plan to enhance the research, training and mentorship of diverse emerging MCH investigators through the use of innovative mentorship/research experiences and manuscript development;3 and • Expand the evidence base and disseminate study findings to key stakeholders including parents, educators, researchers, policymakers, and relevant professionals in the health and community sectors. The recipient of the cooperative agreement should leverage existing work in the field, as appropriate, and extend the impact of HRSA’s existing programs and resources. The BWG research network should collaborate with researchers, health care practitioners, early childhood educators, policymakers, civic leaders and funders to advance a coordinated national research agenda to develop individual, community, and population-based interventions4 to support the enrichment of early home learning environments for underserved children. Identification and dissemination of information on effective strategies allows parents and relevant professionals in the health and community sectors to create stronger early home learning environments and promote all children’s readiness for kindergarten.

 Legislative Information

42 U.S.C. § 701(a)(2) (Title V, § 501(a)(2) of the Social Security Act)

 Application Information

Application Available 01/21/2021
Application Deadline 04/22/2021
Supplemental Application Deadline N/A
Explanation for Deadline N/A
Archive Date 06/21/2021
Letter of Intent Not required
Application Package SF424 R&R
Allow Applications to be Reopened in EHBs No
FOA Available Yes
Competitive Application Types Supported New
Allow Electronic Submission N/A
Page Limit for Application
Allow Multiple Applications
from an Organization from
Electronic Submission Instruction Electronic submission is/will be available in Grants.Gov

 General Information

Projected Award Date N/A
Estimated Project Period N/A
Estimated Project Start Date 09/01/2021
Estimated Project End Date 08/31/2024
Estimated Amount of this Competition $300,000.00
Estimated Number of Awards 1
Estimated Average Size of Awards $0.00
Cost Sharing No
Cooperative Agreement Yes

 Contact Information

Name Lisa Hund, MPH
Phone Number (301)945-3075

 Download Information

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MCHB HRSA-21-040 (U6D) BWG_Final.pdf 556 kB 01/21/2021
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