Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health

Call for Proposals

Policies for Action funds investigator-initiated research through its annual call for proposals. The solicitations are intentionally broad in order to foster high-impact policy research from a wide range of disciplines and focus areas. Past successful proposals have investigated the health-related impacts of housing vouchers and other forms of assistance, sick-pay mandates, universal prekindergarten programs, local partnerships to combat opioid use, federal food assistance programs, paid family leave policies, and more.

Our 2018 call for proposals is now closed; details about our 2019 solicitation will be available soon. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates!

Interested in learning more about P4A's grantmaking process? 
A recent webinar with representatives from all four of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature “for Action” research programs shared more information about the application process, what makes each program unique, and the application evaluation criteria our reviewers use. You can access the recording from the March 27, 2018 webinar using the link below.


2018 Call for Proposals (closed)

Approximately $2.0 million will be awarded through P4A's 2018 CFP, which includes approximately $1,550,000 total for the general CFP, and $450,000 set aside for pre-emption-focused proposals. We are seeking researchers and other experts from any field that can help us understand how policies influence, positively or 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.

An informational webinar for interested applicants was held on Wednesday, May 16th at 3:00-4:00 p.m. ET. The archived recording can be found at this link

Application Timeline 

  1. Letters of Intent will be accepted through June 7 at 3 p.m. ET.
  2. Candidates selected to submit a full proposal will be notified by late July. 
  3. Full proposals from selected candidates will be accepted through August 30 at 3 p.m. ET.
  4. Finalists will be notified mid-October

How to Apply

Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system. Please use the links below to submit your brief proposal.