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Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

Grants to USA and Territories Nonprofits and Agencies to
Address Inequities in the American Health Care System

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Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

06/09/21 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and Territories nonprofit organizations and government agencies to address inequities in the American health care system. Proposals should address social service systems, public health systems, and/or medical systems. Proposed studies must, at a minimum, focus on a solution that meaningfully engages the social services system and one of the other two types of systems of interest, medical care, or public health.

Research studies funded under this CFP must:

  1. Focus on the impact of an innovative potential solution to a specific wrong-pocket problem involving organizations in social services and medical care and/or public health systems;
  2. Evaluate the impact of the solution on relevant health, economic, and/or social outcomes using a scientifically rigorous research design that can support conclusions about the causal effects of the solution on outcomes of interest;
  3. Evaluate the impact of the solution using a racial equity and racial justice lens, along with other possible dimensions of health equity;
  4. Identify the extent to which the proposed solution succeeds or fails in eliminating the wrong-pocket problem by more equitably distributing power, influence and resources across collaborating health and social organizations and systems;
  5. Propose a research team with theoretical, methodological, and operational expertise that is directly relevant to the wrong-pocket problem of interest, the proposed solution, and the proposed scientific approach;
  6. Incorporate authentic community engagement methods into the study; and
  7. Plan specific research translation activities for the products that will be produced and that will help relevant community stakeholders use the resulting scientific knowledge to align medical, social, and public health systems.

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project, and indirect costs to support the applicant organization’s general operations. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 166614

Number of Grants:

Number of Awards: Up to four

Estimated Size of Grant:

Total Award Amount: Up to $500,000

Term of Contract:

Grant Award Duration: 36 months

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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 nonfunctionally integrated Type III supporting organizations.

In keeping with RWJF policy, funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities. Additional budget guidelines are provided in the online application materials.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Informational webinar for applicants:
- March 17, 2021 (12 p.m. MT or 2 p.m. ET)

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- March 17, 2021 (12 p.m. MT or 2 p.m. ET): Informational webinar for applicants. Registration is required.
- April 30, 2021 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of one-page letter of intent (optional).
- June 9, 2021 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals via RWJF online system.
- Final week of August 2021 (subject to change if review period runs longer than expected): Applicants receive notification from RWJF.
- October 15, 2021 (subject to change if review period runs longer than expected): Grant start date.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Email letter of intent (optional) to

Systems for Action National Coordinating Center
Department of Health Systems, Management and Policy
Colorado School of Public Health
Anschutz Medical Campus
13001 E. 17th Place, Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: (303) 724-3759

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

USA Territories: American Samoa (USA)   Guam (USA)   Puerto Rico (USA)   Virgin Islands (USA)   Northern Mariana Islands (USA)

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