Public Health Law Research: Making the Case for Laws That Improve Health

2014 Call for Proposals

  • Release Date: January 16, 2014


Public Health Law Research (PHLR) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The goal of this program is to build the evidence for and increase the use of effective regulatory, legal and policy solutions—whether statutes, regulations, case law or other policies—to protect and improve population health and the public health system. This program contributes to the Foundation’s commitment to creating a culture of health in our country by providing the best possible evidence and examples of the impact of legal strategies on health.

Total Awards

  • Awards up to 18 months and up to $150,000 each will be funded through this round. Applicants may request up to $200,000 with strong justification for additional study expenses.
  • Up to $1.25 million will be available under this Call for Proposals (CFP).

Mapping studies–legal research that creates a multi-jurisdictional dataset of laws suitable for quantitative research--may also be funded in this category, but budgets for these mapping projects should not exceed $50,000 or 12-months duration.

Key Dates

February 5, 2014 (2:30-3:30 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant Web conference call. Please visit the program’s website for complete details. Registration is required.

April 15, 2014 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

Mid-September, 2014
Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

November 1, 2014
Grants initiated.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Preference will be given to those applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or a tribal group recognized by the U.S. federal government, or affiliated with a tribal group recognized by the U.S. federal government. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories at the time of application. The focus of this program is the United States; studies involving other countries will be considered only to the extent they directly inform U.S. law and policy.

Consistent with RWJF values, this program embraces diversity and inclusion across multiple dimensions such as race, ethnicity, gender, age and disadvantaged socioeconomic status. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who will help us expand the perspectives and experiences we bring to our work. We believe that the more we include diverse perspectives and experiences in our work, the better able we are to help all Americans live healthier lives and get the care they need.

April 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. ET



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Ph: 215.204.2134