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Deadline: January 12, 2016

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

Systems for Action (S4A) is a national program that studies novel ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that support a Culture of Health. Building on a foundation of scientific progress from both health services research and public health services and systems research, S4A uses rigorous methods to test strategies for improving the reach, quality, efficiency, and equity of services and supports that promote health and well-being on a population-wide basis. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health systems to incorporate sectors such as housing, transportation, social services, community services and supports, education, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development.

Studies funded will identify system innovations and interactions that drive collaboration and integration across the multiple financing and delivery systems that support a Culture of Health. Investigators will generate and disseminate rigorous scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems for sustained improvements in health and well-being. More specifically, each study will be expected to distribute its resources for research and stakeholder engagement in the most productive and equitable ways among partnering institutions and collaborating investigators based on the division of effort, expertise, and capabilities. Study teams also will be expected to work closely with the National Coordinating Center and the Robert Wood Johnson to disseminate and translate findings to targeted knowledge users to maximize real-world impact.

Amount: Two types of awards are available through this solicitation:

  • Type One: studies to be completed within a 12-month period with up to $100,000 in total funding
  • Type Two: studies to be completed over a 24-month period with up to $250,000 in total funding

Up to six S4A studies will be selected for funding through this solicitation. Funded investigators are encouraged to leverage resources from other sources to support both research and engagement activities.

Eligibility: Public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. 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.


Notes: An informational webinar will be held for applicants on December 18, 2015. The January 12 deadline is for letters of intent. A full proposal, if invited, will be due March 11, 2016.

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