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We are pleased to announce a new initiative—the Research to Action Grants pilot program—generously funded by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Inc. This program is an opportunity for up to three teams of Doris Duke fellows and their policy or practice partners to design and implement applied research projects that address a specific policy or practice challenge. Based on input from fellows, foundation staff, and fellowships advisory board members, the program offers fellows an opportunity to work with practitioners or policy makers to address stubborn and difficult questions affecting children and families.

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Doris Duke fellows are ambassadors of child well-being and champion policy-oriented research and interdisciplinary collaborations. They inspire those around them and create change in academic departments, policy-focused organizations, and clinical settings. The Research to Action Grants pilot program is an opportunity to leverage the fellows’ current impacts and deepen their experience in using research to resolve salient policy and practice challenges.

Grant Recipient 1:

Placement Stability for Commercially Sexually Exploited and System-Involved Youth

Following a presentation made to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors by this group of fellows in November 2018, this team aims to turn the recommendations from the report into an Action Plan for the County to serve sexually exploited youth.

Grant Recipient 2:

Cultural and Contextual Influences on Parenting Among Low-Income Chinese Immigrant Caregivers Living in the Greater Boston Area

Little is known regarding harsh parenting and its influence on children among low-income first and second generation Chinese immigrant caregivers. This project aims to gain an understanding of parenting values, beliefs, practices and motivations among low-income Chinese families and contextual parenting influences.

Grant Recipient 3:

Applied Neuroscience for Child Advocacy: Generating and Translating Brian Science Research for Actionable Use by the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

To address how specific experiences related to childhood poverty change the development of neural circuits related to aggressive behavior, and how specific programs may mitigate these changes.


Small grants, available to teams of Doris Duke fellows and policy or practice partners, will support applied research projects that address a specific policy or practice challenge. For more detailed information about the grant program, please click the following buttons.