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Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Letter of Intent (Required): Jun 7, 2018
Application: Aug 30, 2018

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:

  • Healthcare
  • Public health
  • Education and training
  • Housing and community development
  • Civil rights
  • Transportation and planning
  • Labor and employment
  • Taxes and spending

Priorities include:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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
Geographic coverage
Nationwide and U.S. territories
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
Application process

Links to additional 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.

Tagged as
Access · Families · Health disparities · Housing and homelessness · Human services · Policy · Population health · Public health · Research methods and resources · Social determinants of health · Transportation

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