Deadline: June 1, 2016

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States continue to play a critical role in the implementation of health reform. States have made different choices in the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including whether to establish a State-Based Marketplace, use a Federal-State Partnership Model, or participate in the Federally Facilitated Marketplace. States also have made different decisions regarding Medicaid expansion, with several states opting to implement an early (pre-2014) expansion for adults without dependent children, some states expanding in 2014, and several states negotiating unique Medicaid expansion approaches post-2014. Further, some states are experimenting with new payment and delivery systems that integrate health care services, and exploring opportunities to bridge health and social sectors to improve population health.

This solicitation seeks to fund timely policy-relevant studies with strong empirical designs that will inform policy and health reform implementation. Eligible studies may be of a single state, groups of states, or national analyses that use state-level data. We are primarily interested in timely studies which have policy relevance.

Total Awards

Up to $1.3 million will be available under this CFP.
Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 to accommodate studies of six to 12 months. Preference will be given to rapid-turnaround projects that can be completed within six months. Projects lasting longer than six months must provide strong justification for the grant period.
Eight to 12 studies will be funded.

Key Dates

June 1, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

September 23, 2016
Notification of finalists.

December 1, 2016
Grants start.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policymakers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields.

The Foundation may give preference to applicants that are 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 Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

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