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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposals

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Oct 15, 2019

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Pioneer Portfolio accepts unsolicited proposals for projects that pursue innovative approaches to solving problems in health and healthcare. To receive a fair and comprehensive review from the Foundation, all proposals must address the strategic objectives of the Pioneer portfolio and fall within the guidelines of the types of proposals that they fund.

Shared themes and characteristics of the most promising unsolicited proposals include:

  • Challenge assumptions or long-held cultural practices
  • Take an existing idea and give it a new spin—or a novel application
  • Offer a new take or perspective on a long-running, perplexing problem
  • Apply cutting-edge ideas from other fields to health
  • Explore the potential for emerging trends to impact the ability to build a Culture of Health
The vast majority of funding is available to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Less than 1% of funding is awarded to for-profit agencies.
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Amount of funding

Amounts awarded and time periods vary widely and depend on the scope of the project. Over the last 5 years, awards have ranged from $1,200 to $50,000,000 with project periods ranging from one month to 5 years. Most grants are in the $100,000 to $300,000 range, and run from 1-3 years.

Application process

All applicants must initiate the process of applying for an unsolicited grant by submitting a brief proposal. Online submission instructions are are available on the program website.

Pioneering Ideas and Culture of Health podcasts may be found on the program website.

Tagged as
Access · Health disparities · Healthcare needs and services · Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

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