Questions and answers about calls for proposals (CFPs).
A national program consists of a cluster of grantees and other interested parties who work together to create impact in one of the Foundation's program areas. National programs are generally long-term commitments that warrant the Foundation's investment in establishing and maintaining the infrastructure of an intermediary organization that supports the program activity (e.g., a national program office). Learn more about national programs and national program offices.
No. Any organization is welcome to respond to a call for proposals (CFP), although prospective applicants should read the CFP carefully to ensure that they meet eligibility requirements. To learn when CFPs are released, sign up to receive RWJF Funding Alerts or add a feed of CFPs to your news reader.
No. While national programs manage grants awarded across the country, organizations of any size may be awarded grants through them. Please review the eligibility requirements outlined in each call for proposals.
The vast majority of our funding is to nonprofit organizations and public agencies. Historically, less than one percent of our funding has been to for-profit organizations, and always in instances where the institution's project is an excellent fit with our strategies and we felt they were best suited to do the work.
You may apply for multiple grants from RWJF, but each proposal must be for a distinct project.
Each call for proposals has its own schedule of deadlines. Please make note of these deadlines when applying.
Yes. If you are applying for a grant via a call for proposals (CFP), please follow the application instructions as outlined in the CFP. Due to differences between CFPs, the application process can vary. View a list of open calls for proposals.
For calls for proposals: If a two-step process is used, which involves submitting a brief proposal and then a full proposal, the review and approval time is between four znc seven months. When only a full proposal is required, the review and approval process is about three to four months. For award details regarding a specific call for proposals (CFP), please check the key dates outlined in the CFP.
For unsolicited proposals: The amount of time from receipt of the brief proposal to award varies greatly depending on the complexity of the project. However, awards for unsolicited proposals that fit the team's strategy typically take an average of three months.
In many instances, RWJF asks outside experts on a particular topic to review proposals. By doing so, RWJF aims to ensure that we remain fair and rigorous in evaluating proposals.
One of our Guiding Principles states, “We must select grantees fairly.” We have processes in place to honor this principle including the requirement that proposal reviewers acknowledge our “Guidance for NPO Staff and Reviewers on Conflicts of Interest and Confidentiality Related to Proposal Review.” Approximately seven percent of proposal reviewers have disclosed a conflict of interest. Those disclosures generally resulted in the reassignment of that proposal to another reviewer. The percentage is lower than what might otherwise be expected because often actual or perceived conflicts are known and avoided in advance by assigning the proposal to another individual for review.
No, we consider proposals the intellectual property of the applicant and do not share them outside the Foundation.
Complete instructions and materials for preparing your budget will be provided in RWJF’s online system.
Indirect costs are overhead expenses incurred by the applicant organization as a result of the project but that are not easily identifiable with a specific project. These are administrative expenses that are related to overall operations and are shared among projects and/or functions. Examples include executive oversight, accounting, grants management, legal expenses, utilities, and facility maintenance.
The Foundation’s approved rate is 12 percent of all RWJF costs (Personnel, Other Direct Costs, and Purchased Services) associated with the project. However, if the Purchased Services category equals more than 33 percent of the total of Personnel, Other Direct Costs and Purchased Services, RWJF allows 12 percent indirect on Personnel and Other Direct Costs, and 4 percent on Purchased Services. State the amount requested from RWJF and the amounts being provided from other sources.
Applicants with a different indirect cost rate or other questions should call RWJF at (609) 627-5845. Grantees should contact their program financial analysts.
Click on the links below to preview a Letter of Agreement (LOA) specific to your institution/organization.