Funding Opportunities

The 2022 S4A Call for Proposals has closed.

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 Office Hours

The S4A program office will hold the following drop-in, virtual office hours via Zoom. Please click on the date of your choice below to register and attend.
• Thursday, Aug. 25th: 12-1pm MT | 2-3pm ET
• Thursday, Sept. 1st: 12-1pm MT | 2-3pm ET
• Thursday, Sept 8th: 12-1pm MT | 2-3pm ET
• Thursday, Sept. 15th: 12-1pm MT | 2-3pm ET
• Wednesday, Sept. 21st: 12-1pm MT | 2-3pm ET
• Monday, Sept. 26th: 12-1pm MT | 2-3pm ET

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 identify and evaluate system innovations and interactions that drive collaboration and integration across the multiple financing and delivery systems that support a Culture of Health. Funding will be awarded to rigorously test new ways of connecting the nation’s fragmented medical, social, and public health systems. Each study supported by the S4A program must examine a novel approach to systems alignment that engages stakeholders from medical care, public health, and social services systems in collaborative efforts to dismantle structural and systemic racism and improve health equity. Applicants may apply for one of two categories of funding available for this funding opportunity: Developmental Study or Impact Study. Read the Full Funding Opportunity document here before you apply. View an infographic with important CFP dates and details.

The application deadline for the 2022 Call for Proposals for Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health will be extended to Wednesday, October 19, 2022.

S4A wants to ensure that any applicants impacted by Hurricane Ian will have additional time to submit their application. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the S4A National Program Office at

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.