The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is interested in growing the evidence base for policies that can help build a Culture of Health. This program provides grants for research aimed at learning how national, state, local, and/or private sector policies can promote lifelong health and health equity for individuals, families, and communities. Policies are defined as laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level, as well as private sector practices that affect workplaces, neighborhood/community development, and family stability.
Policies and practices may be related to:
Education and training
Housing and community development
Transportation and planning
Labor and employment
Taxes and spending
Forms of pre-emption that set a maximum regulatory standard that localities cannot exceed or that eliminate local lawmaking authority altogether in a particular domain. RWJF pre-emption priority policy areas include obesity prevention, paid sick and/or family leave, minimum wage, affordable housing, and local tax and expenditure limitations.
Strengthening individual systems, such as healthcare, public health, and social services, and helping systems work together successfully. RWJF priorities include fostering the conditions within states and communities that improve outcomes and lower costs, strengthening rural and safety-net delivery systems, cultivating effective partnerships among multiple sectors, and ensuring access to health insurance coverage and high-value care.
Ensuring all children and their families have an equitable opportunity to attain optimal physical, social, and emotional development and well-being.
Public entities and nonprofit organizations are eligible to apply.
The following applicants are encouraged to apply:
Interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams
Researchers from diverse backgrounds or with diverse life experiences
First-time applicants to RWJF
Investigators from a wide range of disciplines
Amount of funding
For general policy research:
Award ceiling: $250,000
Project period: 2 years
Estimated number of awards: 6
For pre-emption research:
Award ceiling: $150,000
Estimated number of awards: 3
Guidance, application instructions , and the online application portal are available on the program website.
Submit a letter of intent through the online portal by June 7, 2018. Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal, with a deadline of August 30, 2018.
May 16, 2018
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern