Office of Research

Bridging the Word Gap Research Network

This announcement solicits applications for the Bridging the Word Gap Research Network. Support for this cooperative agreement is available from the Division of Research, Office of Epidemiology and Research (OER), Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).  Please read the entire funding opportunity announcement carefully before completing and submitting an application.    The purpose of this cooperative agreement is to support the creation of an interdisciplinary research network designed to reduce the ¿word gap,¿ the gap in exposure to language among children from low-income families, as compared to children from higher-income families.  The research network will foster scientific collaboration, with a focus on research designed to develop and test interventions to improve early language exposure, vocabulary acquisition, and language development for children from lower socioeconomic status (SES) backgrounds.  The Network should include researchers across a range of disciplines reflecting attention to the health and development of the child and family.

Application Instructions

Please submit:

  1. a two-page letter of intent with a list of all anticipated investigators, description of proposed aims and approach
  2. Biosketch or CV of the PI
  3. a letter of support from the Dean or Chair

to by 5:00 PM Thursday, May 29, 2014. Full proposals are due to the sponsor on 7/7/14, so you will need to have your materials in to the Office of Sponsored Programs by 6/30/14 for processing, if given the go ahead by the Proposal Review Committee.

Opportunity Details

Program web page

Program Announcement No.


05/29/2014 UW Internal Deadline Closed
06/30/2014 OSP Deadline
07/07/2014 Sponsor Deadline

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)

Funding amount


Maximum Number of Applications


Eligible groups
  • All campus

Inquiries and Contact Information

Investigators who identify a grant, award or fellowship program that restricts the number of applications that can be submitted from an Institution should immediately contact their Chairperson, Associate Dean for Research (or Dean, if no ADR) and the Office of Research (see below) if they intend to prepare a response. Failure to do so, or to meet the deadlines for submission of pre-proposal, will preclude submission of the application through the Office of Sponsored Programs.

For general inquiries, or to request a listing of a limited submission opportunity that should be but is not already listed, please email us at