Policies for Action has just announced its 2018 Call for Proposals. We are seeking researchers and other experts from any field that can help us understand how policies influence—both positively and negatively—the many potential drivers of population health, well-being, and equity. By policies, we mean not just laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level, but also private sector practices, such as those affecting workplaces, neighborhood and community development, and family stability. Both public and private sector policies and practices matter to health.
We are interested in research that generates actionable evidence and information about how, and under what conditions, laws, and policies work—the data and information that can guide legislators, public agencies, advocates, and other stakeholders concerned with developing and implementing policies for community and population health, and rescind policies that are not effective. We encourage applicants to explore examples of currently funded projects.
This year, we have also set aside funds to support new research on what is known as “pre-emption” plays in addressing disparities in health equity. Pre-emption is a legal doctrine that stipulates that a higher level of government may limit or eliminate the power of a lower level of government to regulate a certain issue or in a certain domain. In the case of state pre-emption, state governments may limit or eliminate the legislative power of local authorities such as city or county governments. The CFP provides much more detail on this set-aside funding. Approximately $2 million will be awarded through this CFP. It includes approximately $1.5 million for the general CFP, and $450,000 set aside for proposals focused on pre-emption. Here are more details on the award:
- General CFP grants will be capped at $250,000 (in total direct and indirect costs) for a maximum funding period of 24 months. However, especially promising proposals will be considered at a higher amount (not to exceed $350,000) for a longer duration given a strong budget justification.
- Up to three grants will be funded for up to $150,000 each on the impact and role of state pre-emption. Pre-emption focused proposals will be funded to investigate the relationship between state pre-emption and health.
P4A is hosting a webinar on May 16, 2018, at 3:00 p.m. EDT for interested applicants.
Click here to register.
How to Apply:
Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted electronically via the RWJF online system. Visit http://www.rwjf.org/cfp/p4a3 and use the “apply online” link. If you have not already done so, you will be required to register at http://my.rwjf.org before you begin the application process.
There are two phases to this competitive proposal process: Phase 1: Letter of Intent due by June 7, 2018, 3:00 EDT and Phase 2: Full proposal submission by invitation in August. See the 2018 Call for Proposals for more details on the requirements for each phase. Below is a list of key dates/deadlines to keep in mind.
May 16, 2018 (3 pm ET)
June 7, 2018 (3 pm ET)
Deadline for receipt of letters of intent
Late July 2018
Notification to letter of intent applicants, including invitations to submit full proposals
August 30, 2018
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals
Notification of finalists
December 15, 2018