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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Systems for Action – Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

Deadline: November 6, 2019

Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that helps to build the evidence base for a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the S4A program test innovative mechanisms for aligning delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services, with a focus on the effects of these mechanisms on health and health equity. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to incorporate social service systems—such as housing, transportation, education, employment, food and nutrition assistance, child and family support, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development.

Research studies supported through S4A must: 1) focus on solutions to high-priority system alignment problems that involve medical, social, and public health services; 2) test the effectiveness of these solutions using rigorous scientific methods; and 3) engage stakeholders from medical, social, and public health systems in the design and conduct of the research, so that findings can be readily used in practice.

Studies funded through the S4A program must test a specific system alignment mechanism that engages three broad sectors, including medical care, public health, and social services. The S4A research agenda uses the term “system alignment mechanism” broadly to include any action that an organization, network, or community may undertake to reduce fragmentation and improve coordination in the delivery of medical, social, and public health services.

Amount: Up to four grants that range up to $500,000 each will be awarded.

Eligibility: Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. Multi-organizational consortia are encouraged to apply as long as a single eligible organization is designated as the primary applicant responsible for maintaining consortium agreements with other participating organizations. The primary applicant organization must have a demonstrated history of successfully managing funds awarded by foundation or government sources.

Because S4A is a research program, all applicants should make sure that their team includes individuals with relevant expertise in scientific research design, data analysis methodologies, and scientific publication. Applicants from nonacademic settings that do not have an embedded research unit are strongly encouraged to partner with a research institution to provide this expertise.

Link: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/systems-for-action-systems-and-services

Note: An informational webinar will be held for applicants on September 5, 2019. See website for registration information.

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