Policy-Relevant Insurance Studies (PRIS)

  • Release Date: October 15, 2014


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committed to expanding coverage and, as such, works to contribute to the policy process by funding timely and policy-relevant empirical research on questions related to health insurance. This solicitation seeks to fund quantitative studies that address the macro or micro effects of policies related to health insurance using appropriate empirical methods, including but not limited to micro-simulation and/or computable general equilibrium models.

Total Awards

  • Up to $650,000 will be available under this call for proposals.
  • Project funding will range from $50,000 to $150,000 to accommodate studies of six–12 months. Preference will be given to rapid-turnaround projects that can be completed within six months. Projects lasting longer than six months must provide strong justification for the grant period.
  • Up to five studies will be funded.

Key Dates

December 3, 2014 (3 :00 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

March 4, 2015
Notification of finalists.

May 15, 2015
Grants start.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policymakers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields.

The Foundation may give preference to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

December 03, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET



Please direct inquiries to:

Email: polstudies@rwjf.org