Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

2015 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: December 2, 2015 | Application Deadline: January 21, 2016, 12:05 p.m. ET


Systems for Action (S4A) is a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that studies novel ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems that support a Culture of Health. Building on a foundation of scientific progress from both health services research (HSR) and public health services and systems research (PHSSR), S4A uses rigorous methods to test strategies for improving the reach, quality, efficiency, and equity of services and supports that promote health and well-being on a population-wide basis. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health systems to incorporate sectors such as housing, transportation, social services, community services and supports, education, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development. This is a two-phase application process: Applicants must first submit a three-page letter of intent (LOI) through RWJF’s online system by January 12, 2016. Only those projects that align with the CFP will be invited to submit a full proposal, which will be due March 11, 2016. Please see full timeline below. Studies funded through this CFP will identify system innovations and interactions that drive collaboration and integration across the multiple financing and delivery systems that support a Culture of Health. Investigators will generate and disseminate rigorous scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems for sustained improvements in health and well-being.  

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Applicants must be either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals. Multi-organizational consortia are encouraged to apply as long as a single eligible organization is designated as the primary applicant responsible for maintaining consortium agreements with other participating organizations.  

Key Dates

December 18, 2015 (1-2 p.m. ET)
Informational webinar for applicants. Registration required.

January 12, 2016
Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent.

Mid-February, 2016
Full proposals invited.

March 11, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals.

*late April, 2016
Finalists notified of funding recommendations.

June 15, 2016
Grants initiated.

Total Awards

Two types of awards are available through this solicitation:

  1. Type One: studies to be completed within a 12-month period with up to $100,000 in total funding.
  2. Type Two: studies to be completed over a 24-month period with up to $250,000 in total funding.  

Up to six S4A studies will be selected for funding through this solicitation. Each study will be expected to distribute its resources for research and stakeholder engagement in the most productive and equitable ways among partnering institutions and collaborating investigators based on the division of effort, expertise and capabilities. Study teams also will be expected to work closely with the National Coordinating Center and RWJF to disseminate and translate findings to targeted knowledge users to maximize real-world impact. Funded investigators are encouraged to leverage resources from other sources to support both research and engagement activities. 

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
January 21, 2016, 12:05 p.m. ET

Key Materials

Key Contacts

Lizeth Fowler, MS, MPA
Phone: 859-218-0113
Fax: 859-257-3748


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