In the previous grant cycle, TRDRP implemented a number of changes and revisions to our research priorities, grant mechanisms, and the peer review criteria. These were based on the results of an extensive input, analysis, and planning process involving evaluations of prior year grants and surveys and interviews with key stakeholders and other funders. These changes also addressed declining Proposition 99 revenue while strengthening and targeting resources in areas of highest priority and that will inform and impact the evolving reality of tobacco use and tobacco control in California.
This reality changed dramatically on May 4, 2016 when the Governor of California signed into law some of the most significant tobacco control legislation in decades. This new legislation included closing loopholes in the state’s smoke-free laws, regulating e-cigarettes as tobacco products, and raising the legal age for the purchase of tobacco products to 21. These developments were almost immediately followed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcement that e-cigarettes and other tobacco products like premium cigars and hookahs will be regulated in the same way the government regulates traditional cigarettes and smokeless tobacco. And as we release this call, signatures have been validated to place a proposition before California voters that calls for an increase to cigarette taxes to benefit health care services, public health, and research.
The resulting research priorities guide our strategic direction and all funding decisions which are:
Follow the link below to access some resources that describe the theoretical framework and application of Community Engagement in academic research. The listed resources are not exhaustive. Investigators are encouraged to consider evidence-based and novel approaches to engage community residents and organizations in a manner that is complementary to the proposed research project.
Please take a look at our FAQ to find out more, for example how a biomedical scientist can incorporate community engagement into their study.