Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Proposals for Health Data for Action Program

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for its Health Data for Action (HD4A) program, which aims to reduce the barriers researchers often face in accessing rich data.

The primary purpose of the 2020 HD4A call for proposals is to provide access to data at no cost from one of eight anticipated data providers to successful applicants. Most selected projects will not receive a financial award for personnel or other project-related costs, but limited funding of up to $100,000 per project is available for a small number of projects from principal investigators who have not previously received external research funding.

The program will support innovative research that uses available data to answer important research questions. Applicants under this call will be asked to write a proposal for a research study using data from one of the following anticipated data providers: athenahealth; CareJourney VRDC T-MSIS Research Collaborative; the Center for Improving Value in Health Care (CIVHC); Geisinger; the Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI); HealthShare Exchange (HSX); OCHIN ADVANCE Collaborative; and TransUnion.

Eligible research projects may focus on a variety of topics, including healthcare utilization and spending; benefit design; quality of care; prescribing patterns and medication adherence; chronic disease; maternal and child care; complex conditions; employer-sponsored insurance; public and private insurance; consolidation; integration, and market competition; social determinants of health and disparities; COVID-19 patient characteristics and outcomes; financial distress; mental health; housing instability; opioid use and treatment; and geographic variation in health.

To be eligible, applicant organizations must be based in the United States or one of its territories. Preference will be given to applicants that are either a public entity or a nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation or Type III supporting organization.

See the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

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Deadline: December 15, 2020