The Future of Family Planning Thought Leadership Funding Opportunity, that was open to submissions from April 26 through June 11, 2019, will help support the imagination of researchers, scholars, advocates, and practitioners – especially those under 40 years of age – to advance cutting-edge ideas born out of the 2018 ICFP.
Participants in the 2018 ICFP (both virtual and in-person) were able to compete for a cash prize by writing a 3-page (1,500-word) essay outlining their out-of-the-box ideas that they feel could profoundly and positively change the landscape of family planning within the next 10 to 15 years.
In addition to the monetary award, recipients were funded to attend the Future of Family Planning Convening in September and will attend a special Future of Family Planning invited session at ICFP 2021 that will showcase their work.
One of the winning projects was led by Otuck William (William Otuck) with additional concept ideas and writing by TrevMoMatic (Trevor Arnett) and Elizabeth Futrell. This project titled “Project MUSE” looks to bridge the disconnect between arts and research by working with artists to raise awareness and create movements around health issues. With support from non-profit partners such as The Bill & Melinda Gates Institute and Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs, this project aims to build a network of artists who will engage in various community initiatives and standout as visible leaders for creating change. The artists will develop inspiring and socially-conscious content, organize discussions on issues affecting youth, cultivate relationships with donors and stakeholders all with the goal of promoting and protecting sexual and reproductive health rights.