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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Systems for Action

Deadline: June 9, 2021

Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. The program will provide funding for new research to test and evaluate innovative solutions to the wrong-pocket problem that persists across health and social service systems—investments meant to improve these systems often end up in the “wrong pocket,” creating imbalances in power, information, and financial resources. To find solutions that allow equitable multisector collaborations, each study funded under the S4A program will undertake the following activities:

  • Design and implement the proposed study that evaluates the impact of an innovative solution to a wrong-pocket problem involving social service systems, medical systems, and/or public health systems.
  • Engage local, state, and/or national stakeholders in the design, implementation, and translation of the research project.
  • Work collaboratively with the S4A national coordinating center and other S4A research investigators to identify and leverage potential synergies across research projects and to disseminate results broadly.
  • Participate actively both in research dissemination and translation mechanisms organized by the national coordinating center and RWJF, including research-in-progress webinars, blogs, podcasts, research meetings, and policy briefings.
  • Identify and pursue opportunities for research expansion, replication, and follow-on studies from RWJF and other research funding agencies.
  • Attend RWJF’s Annual Sharing Knowledge Conference and 4Action Conference each year the grant is active.

Amount: Grants of up to $500,000 will be awarded.

Eligibility: U.S.-based public entities, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations, and multi-organizational consortia. 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.

Note: The Foundation especially encourages applications that include:

  • Individuals having backgrounds and life experiences that are underrepresented on research teams.
  • Individuals and institutions who are new to RWJF and have not received funding previously.
  • Individuals from disciplines outside of the health professions and medical sciences, including but not limited to: business; computer science; criminal justice; economics; education; geography; law; psychology; public policy; urban and regional planning.
  • Individuals from nonacademic settings including government agencies, professional associations, and community-based organizations.
  • Interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research teams that include individuals with both scientific expertise and operational experience.

Link: https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2021/systems-for-action-systems-and-services-research-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html?rid=0032S00002MSlNHQA1&et_cid=2393832

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