Funding Opportunities 2019

What We Do

Systems for Action (S4A) is a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that builds a Culture of Health by rigorously testing new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Scientific research often focuses narrowly on a single type of service, professional area of practice, or group of service providers–usually those within the medical care and public health sectors. While such studies allow researchers to isolate the implementation and impact of specific interventions, the research often falls short in revealing how multiple systems converge and interact–or fail to do so–in supporting population health. To address these evidence gaps, the S4A program supports new research on novel ways of aligning delivery and financing systems across these three sectors.

S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health to include other social service systems that affect health and well-being, such as housing, transportation, education, employment, food and nutrition assistance, child and family support, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development.

What We Fund

The 2019 Systems for Action Call for Proposals opens on Thursday, August, 15th, 2019 at 8 am ET and closes on Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3pm ET

Studies funded through the 2019 Systems for Action: System and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health Call for Proposals will 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 that support a Culture of Health. Studies must address one or more of the research priorities listed in the S4A Research Agenda and test mechanisms for aligning systems that involve all three sectors: medical, social, and public health services. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please refer to the FAQ page for answers to common questions. Additionally, center leaders will answer questions live during the informational webinars. Please note that we cannot answer questions about a specific project. 

Key Dates & Deadlines
  • Thursday, August 15th, 2019 (3pm ET)
    Call for Proposals announced.
  • Thursday, September 5th, 2019 (1pm-2pm ET)
    First informational webinar for applicants.
    Download Slides from Webinar or Watch Recording from Webinar
  • Tuesday, October 1st, 2019 (11am-12pm ET)
    Second informational webinar for applicants.
    Registration required 
  • Friday, October 4th, 2019 (3pm ET)
    Letter of Intent due via webform (Submitting an LOI is optional, not required. The benefit is to give the programming office the ability to recruit reviewers with appropriate subject expertise). 
  • Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 at 3pm ET
    Full proposals due via RWJF online system.
  • Mid-February, 2020 
    Applicant finalists notified of funding recommendations.
  • April 1, 2020 
    Grants initiated.

Funding From our Partners

Evidence For Action

Evidence for Action is an investigator-initiated research program designed to support high-impact action-oriented research. We are interested in funding innovative approaches that will shed light on conditions that foster a Culture of Health. In the initial phase of funding, we are seeking proposals that guide action, open up new areas for inquiry, and facilitate future research. We are especially interested in research that will help develop the data and evidence necessary to improve health and equity in communities across the country.

Policies For Action

Policies for Action (P4A) is a research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) administered through the National Coordinating Center at the Urban Institute and in collaboration with five research hubs at Temple UniversityNew York Universitythe University of Illinois at Chicago together with Washington University at St. Louis, the University of Michigan, and the Urban Institute. Founded in 2015, the program funds research identifying policies, laws, and other regulatory tools in the public and private sectors that can support RWJF’s mission to build a Culture of Health.