On November 25, 2019, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a funding opportunity RFA-CE-20-001, Evaluating Practice-Based Programs, Practices, and Policies from CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education Program: Expanding the Evidence to Prevent Sexual Violence. CDC intends to commit approximately $2,250,000 in Fiscal Year 2020 to support up to six applications for a three-year project period (Component A). All six initial recipients will be invited to compete for additional funding for a two-year project period (Component B). During Component B, four of the most meritorious applications will be funded for a two-year project period to complete the proposed research. CDC intends to commit approximately $2,250,000 per year during the two-year project period.
The goal of CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education (RPE) Program is to strengthen sexual violence prevention efforts at the local, state, and national levels. CDC funds health departments in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and four U.S. territories to work with rape crisis centers, state sexual assault coalitions, and others to advance sexual violence prevention.
This announcement seeks proposals to support research to rigorously evaluate the effectiveness of primary prevention programs, policies, or practices implemented by RPE programs to prevent sexual violence. Research funded under this announcement is intended to expand the evidence base for sexual violence prevention in one or more of the following strategy areas identified in the STOP SV technical package: Promote Social Norms that Protect Against Violence, Provide Opportunities to Empower and Support Girls and Women, and Create Protective Environments. Research conducted with these funds will rigorously evaluate practice-based prevention approaches (i.e., programs, policies, or practices being implemented or that are planned to be implemented by an RPE-funded organization or partner) to increase the evidence for sexual violence prevention programs, policies, or practices that have traction within the sexual violence field and are, therefore, feasible to implement by practitioners and acceptable to communities. Research aimed at building evidence at the community- or societal-levels and/or for populations and communities that disproportionately bear the burden of sexual violence is of particular interest under this announcement.