This $1 million funding opportunity seeks to support data visualizations that jumpstart conversations about the causes of life expectancy disparities and how communities can address these disparities more effectively. This grant initiative is calling upon data visualization specialists to create powerful and understandable visualizations of the United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Project (USALEEP) data in order to effectively communicate the data to a wider audience and promote a shared vision of better health for all.
Visualizing Healthy Lives welcomes submissions from eligible organizations interested in using USALEEP data to develop visualizations that advance effective calls to action, foster stronger collaborations, and support greater understanding of factors that potentially affect how well and how long we live, such as access to safe and affordable housing, educational opportunities, and health care.
This is an open funding opportunity. We welcome submissions from any organization interested in exploring disparities in life expectancy across communities. Eligible organizations include but are not limited to community changemakers, nonprofit practitioners, local government offices, researchers, data analytic companies, service providers, journalists, and graphic designers. Visualizing Healthy Lives seeks to fund teams with data visualization expertise that can create understandable and powerful visualizations of the USALEEP data that will lead to action. Universities are ineligible to apply as lead applicants but they can serve as a partner to eligible applicants.
To ensure that the funding opportunity is open and equitable to all, Visualizing Healthy Lives will follow a two-stage process:
Stage 1: This funding opportunity begins with an open invitation to submit brief letters of interest and optional sketches that illustrate the proposed visualization. Applicants are encouraged to be creative in how they present their ideas in this first stage. (For more information, please see LOI Submission Guidelines.)
Stage 2: The top applicants will be invited to submit full proposals detailing the activities, budget, and impact of their projects.
The timeline below highlights key dates for Visualizing Healthy Lives:
Applicants are asked to submit data visualization project ideas that expand on conversations currently in communities around health and factors that shape health such as access to reliable transportation, safe and affordable housing, quality education, and economic opportunity. Projects should fall under one of the two data visualization categories below:
|Exploratory Visualizations||Explanatory Visualizations|
Projects that help a target audience (e.g. community organizations or key decision makers) answer specific questions, solve specific problems or explore the depth of the USALEEP data.
Projects that include an analysis of USALEEP data. Many such analyses may require USALEEP data to be combined with or compared to another external dataset to show how other factors influence life expectancy disparities; however, this is not required as long as some reference to current conversations exist in the proposal (whether those references be quantitative data, qualitative data, or part of a narrative discussion).
Ideas will be evaluated based on several factors, including the following:
SUPPORT AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE: Support and technical assistance from the Urban Institute will be available throughout the funding opportunity, including webinars and feedback from the USALEEP Team.
KEY MATERIALS: Please explore the following materials for more information on Visualizing Healthy Lives.
Please refer to the below for other special considerations: