Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health

2016 Call for Proposals

  • Release Date: January 27, 2016


Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health (P4A) was created to help build an evidence base for policies that can lead to a Culture of Health. P4A seeks to engage long-standing health and health care researchers, as well as experts in fields like housing, education, transportation, and the built environment, to name a few, who have not worked in health before. The goal is to develop research that generates actionable evidence—the data and information that can guide legislators and other policymakers, public agencies, educators, advocates, community groups, and individuals. The research may examine established laws, regulations, and policies as well as potential new policies and approaches. The research funded under this call for proposals (CFP) should inform the significant gaps in our knowledge regarding what policies can serve as levers to improve population health and well-being, and achieve greater levels of health equity. Additional information on this program can be found at policiesforaction.org.

Total Awards

Approximately $1.5 million will be awarded through this CFP. Each grant will award up to $250,000 for a maximum funding period of 24 months.

Key Dates

February 16, 2016 (1–2 p.m. ET)
Informational webinar for applicants.
A recording is available here.
The slides are available here.

March 15, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of Letters of Intent.*

May 4, 2016
Applicants notified as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full proposal.

June 17, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Invited full proposals due in the RWJF online system.

July 12, 2016
Notification to finalists.

September 15, 2016
Grants initiated.

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. We welcome applications from all investigators, and the following are especially encouraged to apply:

  • Interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams;
  • Investigators from a variety of areas and disciplines, including but not limited to architecture, business, community planning, data scientists, economics, epidemiology, health policy, medicine, public health, social work, sociology; urban planning and system engineers;
  • First-time applicants to RWJF.


March 15, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET



Bethany Saxon, director of communications

Ph: 215-204-2134


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