Deadline: 6 November 2019
Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that helps to build the evidence base for a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Studies conducted through the S4A program test innovative mechanisms for aligning delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services, with a focus on the effects of these mechanisms on health and health equity. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to incorporate social service systems—such as housing, transportation; education; employment; food and nutrition assistance; child and family support; criminal and juvenile justice; and economic and community development.
Research studies supported through S4A must:
- focus on solutions to high-priority system alignment problems that involve medical, social, and public health services;
- test the effectiveness of these solutions using rigorous scientific methods; and
- engage stakeholders from medical, social, and public health systems in the design and conduct of the research, so that findings can be readily used in practice.
- This call for proposals will support studies that can be completed over a 36-month period with up to $500,000 in total funding from RWJF. Up to four awards will be selected for funding under this solicitation.
- Each study will be expected to distribute its resources for stakeholder engagement, research implementation, and research dissemination in the most productive and equitable ways. Funded investigators are encouraged to leverage resources from other sources to support research, engagement, and dissemination activities.
- 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. The Foundation may require additional documentation from applicant organizations.
- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.
- Multi-organizational consortia are encouraged to apply as long as a single eligible organization is designated as the primary applicant responsible for maintaining consortium agreements with other participating organizations.
- The primary applicant organization must have a demonstrated history of successfully managing funds awarded by foundation or government sources.
- They welcome applications from people of all personal and professional backgrounds. They especially encourage applications that include:
- Individuals having backgrounds and life experiences that are underrepresented on research teams.
- Individuals and institutions who are new to RWJF and have not received funding previously.
- Individuals from disciplines outside of the health professions and medical sciences, including but not limited to architecture, business, communications, computer science, criminal justice, design, economics, education, engineering, finance, geography, law, political science, psychology, public administration, public policy, social work, sociology, transportation, urban and regional planning.
- Individuals from nonacademic settings including government agencies, professional associations, and community-based organizations.
- Interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral research teams that include individuals with both scientific expertise and operational experience.
- Because S4A is a research program, all applicants should make sure that their team includes individuals with relevant expertise in scientific research design, data analysis methodologies, and scientific publication. Applicants from nonacademic settings that do not have an embedded research unit are strongly encouraged to partner with a research institution to provide this expertise.
How to Apply
Interested applicants can apply online via the given website.
For more information, please visit https://www.rwjf.org/en/library/funding-opportunities/2019/systems-for-action-systems-and-services-research-to-build-a-culture-of-health.html