Call for Submissions: Lesbian Health Fund
The Lesbian Health Fund (LHF), a program of GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBT Equality, is accepting proposals for research on lesbian health. Applications are due October 15, 2014.
The mission of the Lesbian Health Fund is to improve the health of lesbians and other sexual minority women (SMW) and their families through research.
While many areas in the field of lesbian health need more attention, here are the areas which we believe are especially important for improving the health of lesbians, other sexual minority women, and their families.
Understanding social, family, and interpersonal influences as sources of stress or support
Eliminating inequalities in health care, including barriers to care, and improving quality of care and utilization rates
Development and testing of interventions to address mental and physical health needs of lesbians and other SMW, including but not limited to depression, identity related issues, eating disorders, substance abuse, obesity, cancer risks, cardiovascular disease and sexually transmitted infections
Sexual and reproductive health, including family & parenting issues
LHF funded research, whether qualitative or quantitative, is well grounded with solid methodology, and is in dialogue with the existing body of literature in the field. However, there are particular challenges associated with conducting research in a small and often difficult to access population of lesbians and other sexual minority women. Going beyond the need to simply “fill in gaps in the literature” will require developing innovative research methodology.
Presentation & Publication
It is expected that the results from LHF funded studies will be published in peer-reviewed journals. LHF also requires a presentation of original research finding to be made at either the GLMA Annual Conference, or at the Women In Medicine Conference. Research budgets can include up to $750 to subsidize travel costs.
LHF grants range from $500 - $10,000. Many applications are for small projects structured to provide pilot data for subsequent research. In order to leverage the impact of our investment, priority is given to the best proposals with the greatest likelihood of securing future funding from other sources.
Proposals for the fall grant cycle are due by October 15th.
GLMA and LHF Board Members or paid consultants are ineligible to submit grants.