Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research

2012 Call for Applications

  • Release Date: October 31, 2012


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program supports educational and other nonprofit institutions where highly qualified individuals propose to undertake broad studies of America’s most challenging policy issues in health and health care. Grants of up to $335,000 each are awarded to institutions to support Investigators from a variety of disciplines for innovative research projects that have national policy relevance.

Total Awards

Approximately eight awards will be made in this grant cycle. The maximum award is $335,000, which includes personnel, other direct costs and indirect costs calculated at a rate of up to 12 percent.

Key Dates

  • November 30, 2012 (1 p.m. ET)—Optional Applicant Web Conference call. Registration is required.
  • January 16, 2013 (3 p.m. ET)—Deadline for submission of complete letter of intent applications. Materials submitted after this deadline will not be considered. Logging into and beginning your application is required in order to access reference material (e.g., sample Letters of Intent and application FAQs).
  • April 15, 2013—Applicants notified by email saying whether they have been selected to submit a full proposal.
  • June 12, 2013 (3 p.m. ET)—Deadline for submission of full proposals.
  • November 29, 2013—Notification letter emailed to applicants saying whether they have been selected as grantees.
  • February 1 to September 1, 2014—Acceptable project start dates.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applications must be submitted by an educational institution or nonprofit organization that is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3), located in the United States, or its territories, with which the proposed Investigator is affiliated.
  • We welcome applicants in the health, social and behavioral sciences, as well as other fields.
  • We seek a diverse group of applicants, including minorities, early-career researchers and individuals who work in non-academic settings.
  • Past RWJF Investigator Award grantees and teams of more than two researchers may not apply.

January 16, 2013, 3:00 p.m. ET



Jed Horwitt, MPH, Deputy Director
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