Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health
The full proposal application deadline for both award categories is October 5, 2022 (3pm ET). Applicants must read the following descriptions to determine which award category (Development Studies or Impact Studies) they will apply for, and apply only to that specific award category:
Developmental Studies: This award will support pilot testing of the proposed systems alignment approach in order to examine its feasibility and acceptability for actors in the relevant medical, social, and public health systems, and its potential to dismantle forms of structural racism and inequity embedded within these systems. This award category is for applicants who have not previously completed a pilot study of their proposed systems alignment approach and do not yet have preliminary evidence about the feasibility of implementing the approach and the feasibility of related research strategies. The pilot studies supported by this award should also test the feasibility of key research strategies to be used, including issues related to participant recruitment and retention, data exchange and linkage, measurement strategies, and random assignment or other statistical control methods if applicable. This award will provide up to $100,000 in total funding to be used over a 12-month period to pilot test the proposed system alignment approach. After completing a successful pilot study under this award category, applicants will be well-positioned to pursue subsequent studies of the impact of their proposed system alignment approach, either by applying to a future call for S4A Impact Studies or by applying to other research funding opportunities.
This award will support studies that examine the impact of the proposed system alignment strategy on relevant measures of health and health equity, with a focus on understanding the strategy’s success or failure in dismantling forms of structural racism and inequity embedded within systems. This award will provide up to $500,000 in total funding to be used over a 36-month period to study the impact of the proposed system alignment approach on relevant measures of health and health equity. This award category is open only to applicants who have completed a pilot study of their proposed system alignment approach and can provide results that confirm the feasibility of the approach and its acceptability to key actors within the relevant medical, social, and public health systems. Applicants must provide documentation of pilot test results as part of their application, which may include a publication, report, working paper, or research brief. If the pilot test study was completed by an organization other than the applicant organization or a partnering organization, applicants must explain how their organization will ensure that it has the necessary knowledge, experience, community relationships, and trust to replicate the results of the pilot test.