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Call for 2Gen Research Proposals

DEADLINE: September 20th at 5:00pm

The two-generation (2Gen) approach is gaining momentum across the U.S. within communities of research, policy, and practice. It focuses on addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their parents together in order to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of poverty. Two-generation approaches exist on a continuum from child-focused to parent-focused, with the unifying goal of supporting the entire family system. 2Gen approaches also consider how broader contexts—such educational, health and employment systems, the social environment, and policy and practice—can enhance family well-being.

Under the direction of Professors Rachel Dunifon and Laura Tach, Cornell Project 2Gen will create an interdisciplinary hub for research, policy, and practice that supports families and promotes upward mobility. We also aim to connect researchers with practitioners and policymakers working to support families and children throughout New York and beyond.

As part of the launch of Cornell Project 2Gen, we will fund up to five research projects on vulnerable families that will ultimately inform policy and practice in New York State. We are interested in any and all topics that fall under this umbrella. Examples include, but are not limited to, projects within the following thematic areas:

  • The Intergenerational Impact of Policy and Practice: evaluations of the effects of policies and programs on parents and children
  • Family Dynamics & Caregiver Engagement: parenting practices, engagement with schools and other institutions, causes and consequences of family instability
  • Poverty & Community Development: community-level initiatives that target poverty, rural development, family engagement, health, and the opioid crisis
  • Families & the Economy: work-family conflict and employment dynamics, family leave policies, family financial management, effects of poverty and economic insecurity
  • Health Behaviors and Systems: intergenerational dynamics of health behaviors such as obesity, smoking and drug use; the role of the health care system

Special consideration will be given to projects focused on topics that are relevant for families in upstate NY, with funds earmarked for at least one project addressing issues relevant to the opioid crisis.  Projects must be led by tenured or tenure-track faculty, but we welcome other project collaborators.

In order to apply please send a short (maximum of 2 pages) description  of your proposed project, including:

  1. the research question,
  2. type of data,
  3. amount of funding requested and itemized budget (up to $20,000), and
  4. the relevance of the work for policy and practice in NY.

We will facilitate grantee connections with relevant community partners and provide outlets for sharing research with policymakers and practitioners. The grant duration will be one year.

Please email your proposal to Elizabeth Day ( by Wednesday, September 20th at 5pm.