Funding Opportunities

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. 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.

Virtual Workshop: Developing a Successful Application for the Systems for Action Research Program

This virtual workshop highlights research teams that have successfully developed proposals for Systems for Action program and have received funding. They will share their strategies for developing their proposals and will provide advice for developing the strongest proposal possible.

New Funding Opportunity

Systems for Action issued a call for proposals to evaluate the impact of innovative multi-sector solutions to a specific wrong-pocket problem. Funded studies will assess the impact of potential solutions on advancing health equity and addressing racial disparities in health and well-being. A wrong-pocket problem exists when the costs and benefits associated with a promising solution that requires multisector cooperation are not distributed evenly across participating organizations and systems. The resulting imbalance creates conflicting incentives for undertaking, scaling, and sustaining the solution. Read the Full Funding Opportunity document here before you apply. View an infographic with important CFP dates and details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Center leaders will answer many questions during the informational webinar. Please also refer to our FAQ page for additional details.

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Key Dates & Deadlines

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.