Call for Proposals

Smiling family sitting on the couch together playing video gamesRacism plays a significant role in the American landscape, impacting policies and practices that shape virtually every aspect of life, opportunity, and well-being. As the country grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic and a reckoning with continued anti-Black violence, decision makers at all levels will need a renewed focus on public policy and its impacts on historically marginalized groups.

Policies for Action issued a call for proposals to build the evidence base exploring how national, state, and local policies can help advance racial equity and justice in the United States.

We are particularly interested in understanding how, and how well such policies work to address racial disparities in health and well-being.

Award Details and Eligibility

Approximately $2 million will be awarded through this CFP. While there is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests for this funding opportunity, P4A grants are typically funded at $250,000 each for up to 24 months. Eligible applicant organizations include academic institutions; public entities; private nonprofit organizations; state and local government agencies; and for-profit organizations. Applicants also may represent partnerships between service providers or practitioners and researchers.

We strongly encourage applications that include researchers who are from groups that are underrepresented in policy research and/or who are affiliated with institutions that serve underrepresented groups.

Informational Webinar

An informational webinar was held on October 21, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. ET for interested researchers to learn more about this special funding opportunity and ask questions.

How to Apply

Proposals for this solicitation must be submitted via the RWJF online system. Visit here and click “Apply Online”. If you have not already done so, you will be required to register before you begin the proposal process.

Application Timeline

  1. Letters of intent were due November 24, 2020 3:00 p.m. ET.
  2. Candidates selected to submit a full proposal will be notified by late-February.
  3. Full proposals from selected candidates will be accepted through April 21, 2021 at 3:00 p.m. ET.
  4. Finalists will be notified in early-June.
  5. Grants begin September, 2021.


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 2020 call for proposals research on policies that advance racial equity and racial justice is now open. Sign up for our newsletter for the latest updates!

Interested in learning more about P4A’s grantmaking process?
Representatives from all four of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s signature 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.