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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Applications accepted on an ongoing basis

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio accepts unsolicited proposals for projects that pursue innovative approaches to solving problems in health and healthcare.

Focus areas include:

  1. Future of Evidence
  2. Future of Social Interaction
  3. Future of Food
  4. Future of Work
  5. Open Exploration for ideas that fall outside of the focus areas but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and progress toward a Culture of Health

Applications will be evaluated on:

  • Strength of health equity focus: How will this project increase opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life possible, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make?
  • Strength of insight: How will this project help anticipate, adapt to, and influence the future in 5 to 15 years?
  • Strength of idea: Is this project pioneering in one or more of these ways? Does it:
    • Offer a new take or perspective on a long-running, perplexing problem
    • Challenge assumptions or cultural practices
    • Take an existing idea and give it a new spin or a novel application
    • Apply ideas from other fields
    • Explore how an emerging trend will shape the future

Preference is given to applicants that are nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status that are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations.

Geographic coverage
Amount of funding

Amounts awarded and time periods vary widely and depend on the scope of the project. Project periods generally range from 1-3 years.

Application process

Links to additional guidance, application instructions, and the online application portal are available on the program website.

Tagged as
Access · Culture and cultural competency · Food security and nutrition · Health disparities · Healthcare needs and services · Social determinants of health · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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