Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: 2017 Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health

The Foundation is accepting brief proposals to support research that will help fill significant gaps in knowledge about what policies can serve as positive drivers of change. The aim of this program is to develop research that generates actionable evidence about how, and how well, laws and policies work—the data and information that can guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, private firms, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals concerned with developing and implementing policies for community and population health. Award amount is up to $250,000 for up to two (2) years. The brief proposal deadline is March 10, 2017 by 1pm EST.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: 2017 Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health
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The Foundation is accepting brief proposals to support research that will help fill significant gaps in knowledge about what policies can serve as positive drivers of change. Some drivers include, but are not limited to:

  • Health care, mental and behavioral health care, and public health
  • Early childhood, primary, secondary, and post-secondary education; vocational and workforce training
  • Labor market, employment, and job quality issues
  • Housing and community development
  • Community safety and criminal justice
  • Planning and transportation
  • Energy and the environment
  • Technology and communication

The aim of this program is to develop research that generates actionable evidence about how, and how well, laws and policies work—the data and information that can guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, private firms, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals concerned with developing and implementing policies for community and population health. The research may examine established laws, regulations, or policies; new policies or approaches; and/or funding or other mechanisms for implementing, enforcing, or sustaining them. This year, in addition to supporting research on a broad range of topics, RWJF has set aside supplementary funds for research on actionable policies that support children’s healthy weight and/or reduce childhood obesity. The goals of this set-aside are the same as those of the overall call for proposals: to generate evidence that policymakers and other stakeholders can act upon with the aims of improving population health, well-being, and equity. This request for proposals encourages collaborations, as well as innovative research designs that will inform policy action, innovation, or change.

The Foundation encourages applications from all investigators, and especially encourages interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams, as well as investigators from areas such as architecture, business, communications, community planning, economics, education, epidemiology, health policy, law, medicine, political science, public administration, public health, social work, sociology, urban planning and system engineering; and first-time applicants to RWJF. Awards will be made to the institution, not the individual.

Informational Web Conference Call: February 15, 2017 at 1:00pm EST. Registration is required: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1157189089202592770.

Brief Proposal Deadline: March 10, 2017 by 1:00pm EST. Invited full proposals will be due June 16, 2017 by 3:00pm EST. Award announcements will be made in early to mid-August 2017 with grants initiated on October 1, 2017. Application Guidelines for the award: http://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2017/policies-for-action--policy-and-law-research-to-build-a-culture-.html?rid=HnSyr16fQPTaJvk5G01g2PfM4WyeVMAA&et_cid=789499

If you have any questions about this funding opportunity, please contact Angela Nolan, Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations for Academic Affairs, at  or (919) 962-3426. The UNC Office of Corporate and Foundation Relations is available to provide assistance in pursuing privately funded opportunities. 

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