New Funding Opportunity for Researchers

Cross-System, Actionable Research Tailored to Priorities of Governor Polis’s Administration

The Colorado Lab believes that smart, strategic partnerships with government have the potential to improve people’s lives. The Lab serves as a bridge and translator between government and the research community.

The purpose of this Request for Proposals (RFP) is to activate the research community to develop and disseminate cross-system research or evaluation projects that generate actionable information tailored to the priorities of Governor Polis’s Administration. The goal of this RFP is to equip government partners with information that can inform cross-system collaboration, policy, and practice.

The Colorado Lab encourages research proposals that take meaningful steps toward a 360-degree view of aspects of these priorities while focusing on the needs of the whole person. Proposals must align with one of Governor Polis’s Bold Four Priorities and may be tailored to the more specific Wildly Important Priorities set by his Cabinet Working Groups.

Bold Four Priorities:

  • Foster an economy that works for everyone
  • Fulfill every child’s potential regardless of zip code
  • Move electric grid to renewable sources by 2040 
  • Save Coloradans money on healthcare (not part of this RFP)

Wildly Important Priorities:

  • Establish Colorado as a national leader in innovative and balanced cannabis policy through a focus on finance, workforce development, education, research and development, regulatory innovation, and entrepreneurship.
  • Set Colorado on a path to 100% renewable energy for the grid by 2040 and position Colorado as a leader in clean energy economy.
  • Incarcerate fewer people by reducing recidivism.
  • Ensure all Coloradans have equitable opportunities for quality, life-long education connected to the future of work.
  • Develop a cohesive development plan for rural Colorado.

The Request for Proposals is linked hereProposals are due Monday, July 1, 2019 at noon.

Key Information: 

  • Award range is $25,000 to $150,000 for projects completed by December 31, 2020
  • Colorado institutions of higher education, non-proft, and for-profit research firms are encouraged to apply
  • All projects intending to use data from the Linked Information Network of Colorado (LINC) are required to attend a webinar on Monday, May 13, 2019 at 1pmClick here to register. For those who could not attend the live webinar, please see link below. 

Informational Webinar for LINC data usage:

  • You can view the recording of the webinar here or download the presentation here.

NOTE: Applicants interested in proposing an early childhood research project, please see the Lab’s Early Childhood Research Agenda for priority topic areas.

These priorities were generated by a cross-agency collaboration of key staff working in the early childhood field.

View the Early Childhood Research Agenda here.

The Colorado Lab utilizes a standard contract template for external partnership agreements. To ensure consistency, only project-specific language (e.g., scope of work, deliverables, funding amounts) are negotiable. Please review the contract template prior to submitting a proposal. 

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