The Pioneer Portfolio is the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) innovation arm, committed to harnessing the pipeline of emerging ideas to serve the social good. Since 2004, Pioneer has awarded more than $120 million in grants to explore and promote unconventional solutions to tough problems in health and health care. This article provides an overview of the Pioneer Portfolio, its aims, and its work.
Brian Quinn, Pioneer Portfolio team director, notes that Pioneer Portfolio projects are marked by their ability to affect transformational change. They work to identify and explore new issues and approaches; accelerate progress on issues and approaches that have significant potential to create breakthroughs in health and health care; and support projects that use original, unconventional, or cross-sectoral approaches to create transformative change. RWJF’s Pioneer Portfolio works to address the big problems facing health care, and to do so with big solutions.
RWJF staff members discuss the types of projects Pioneer supports and the ideas that may have the potential to transform health and health care.