Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Invites Proposals for Systems and Services Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a call for proposals for Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health.

According to RWJF, achieving racial equity and health equity in American communities requires effective solutions to the "wrong-pocket problem": investments in systems that are designed to improve social and economic conditions — such as housing, transportation, education, income, and employment assistance; child and family supports; and legal and criminal justice services — but whose financial benefits often flow elsewhere in the form of reduced costs for medical care from diseases and injuries prevented. The result is imbalances in power, information, and financial resources that exist across medical, social, and public health systems — a fundamental problem that confronts many attempts at meaningful cross-sector collaboration. 

To address the problem, the foundation has issued a call for proposals for new research focused on rigorously testing and evaluating innovative solutions to the wrong-pocket problem.

Studies funded under the S4A program must include the following activities: design and implementation of the proposed study and evaluation of its impact on a wrong-pocket problem involving social service systems, medical systems, and/or public health systems; engagement of local, state, and/or national stakeholders in the design, implementation, and translation of the project; collaboratiions with the S4A national coordinating center and other S4A research investigators to identify and leverage potential synergies across research projects and disseminate the results broadly; active participation 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; identification of opportunities for research expansion, replication, and follow-on studies from RWJF and other research funding agencies; and attendance at RWJF's Annual Sharing Knowledge Conference and 4Action Conference every year the grant is active.

An optional one-page letter of intent is due April 30. The deadline for complete proposals is June 9, 2021.

To be eligible, applicants must be a public entity or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and is not a private foundation or non-functionally integrated Type III supporting organization. Applicants must be based in the United States or its territories.

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website.