The Society of Family Planning supports and advocates for the production of research on abortion and contraception primed for impact. This requires actively working to identify areas for research investment that are aligned with the most pressing needs of the field of family planning.
Collaborate and explore to identify priority areas
Insight from clinical, policy, legal, advocacy, community organizing partners, and fellow coalition members
Informal and formal engagement with Society members, Board members, and funders
Assessment of emerging trend and policy changes and dialogue with those most impacted
Explorations of peer-reviewed literature
Ongoing discussions with current and previous grantees
Transform concept into a theory of change
Structured reviews of literature
Interviews with key informants
Targeted discussion with clinical, policy, legal, advocacy, and community organizing partners regarding potential uses of research findings
Honing purpose and structure of the funding opportunity
Match concept with resources
Align concept with individual, philanthropic, and/or industry funder, developing partnerships to offer specific open, competitive, and peer-reviewed funding opportunities
Hone funding opportunity
Work with Society leadership, members, and partners to hone further the funding opportunity, transforming an identified research gap into a clear call for proposals that will generate the evidence needed to serve the needs
Announce the funding opportunities broadly as part of our commitment to building a diverse, equitable, inclusive, and multidisciplinary community of those who are engaged in the science of abortion and contraception.
Learn more about the Society’s vision and strategies.
In 2017, we conducted a retrospective evaluation of our investment in family planning research that directed us to focus our funding opportunities, make longer-term and larger investments, and to prioritize partnerships between researchers and knowledge brokers.