Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health
Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A) was created to help build the evidence base for policies that can help build a Culture of Health. P4A seeks to engage long-standing health care, mental and behavioral health, and public health researchers, as well as experts in areas that we recognize have strong influence on health, well-being, and equity—such as labor, criminal justice, education, transportation, housing, and the built environment.
The research funded should help fill significant gaps in knowledge about what policies can serve as positive drivers of change, including how the social determinants of health can be used to achieve improvements in population health, well-being, and equity. The Foundation is particularly interested in studies of new or novel policy approaches that have not been widely disseminated or studied to date. Additional information on this program can be found at www.policiesforaction.org.
Amount: Approximately $2,000,000 is available to make awards up to $250,000 for a maximum funding period of two years. Approximately $500,000 of the $2 million will be awarded for research on policies aimed at supporting children’s healthy weight and/or reducing childhood obesity, including studies focused on nutrition and physical activity-related environments and their impacts on children’s health outcomes.
Eligibility: Public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code that are not private foundations or non- functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Applications are welcomed from all investigators, and the following are especially encouraged to apply:
- Interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams
- Investigators from diverse areas and disciplines, including but not limited to 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
- First-time applicants to RWJF
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