Deadline: March 10, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

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Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A) was created to help build the evidence base for policies that can help build a Culture of Health. P4A seeks to engage long-standing health care, mental and behavioral health, and public health researchers, as well as experts in areas that we recognize have strong influence on health, well-being and equity—such as labor, criminal justice, education, transportation, housing, and the built environment.

The research funded under this call for proposals (CFP) should help fill significant gaps in our knowledge about what policies can serve as positive drivers of change, including how the social determinants of health can be used to achieve improvements in population health, well-being, and equity. Additional information on this program can be found at

Total Awards

  • Approximately $2 million will be awarded through this CFP. Each grant will award up to $250,000 (in total direct and indirect costs) for a maximum funding period of 24 months.

  • Approximately $500,000 of the $2 million will be awarded for research on the implementation and/or impact of policies relevant for early childhood or school environments that aim to support children’s healthy weight and/or reduce childhood obesity. Such policies could focus on children’s nutrition, physical activity, or other determinants of health that have important implications for children’s healthy weight. We are particularly interested in studies of new or novel policy approaches that have not been widely disseminated or studied to date.

  • The grant opportunity outlined in this CFP is contingent upon final funding confirmation from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for such grants.

Key Dates

February 15, 2017 (1 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant Web conference call. Registration is required.

March 10, 2017 (3 p.m. ET) 
Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.

Early May 2017 
Notification to brief proposal applicants, including invitations to submit full proposals.

June 16, 2017 (3 p.m. ET) 
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals.

Early to mid-August 2017
Notification to full proposal applicants, including invitations to finalists to proceed with grant initiations.

October 1, 2017 
Grants initiated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicant organizations 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 non- functionally integrated Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.

Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.

We welcome applications from all investigators, and the following are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams;

  • Investigators from diverse areas and disciplines, including but not limited to architecture, business, communications, community planning, economics, education, epidemiology, health policy, law, medicine, political science, public administration, public health, social work, sociology, urban planning and system engineering; and,

  • First-time applicants to RWJF.

Read more and apply here!

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