Grants and Grant Programs

Learn about the types of programs and activities the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation typically funds and does not fund.

What We Fund

Our grants and grant programs generally have four aims:

Discover and Explore—By seeking creative solutions through targeted solicitations and an ongoing request for bold ideas with transformative potential.

Spread Model Interventions—By identifying and expanding public policies, community-based programs, system changes, and other interventions that are having a meaningful impact on health.

Conduct Research and Evaluation—By expanding the evidence around key health issues, and evaluating, learning from, and sharing key lessons both from our own grantmaking and from other health-improvement initiatives tied to our areas of interest.

Impact Investing—By investing strategically in grants, loans, equity investments, and guarantees, we work toward improving conditions in communities to dismantle structural racism and bring about racial and health equity.    

Learn more about our focus areas and active funding opportunities, and sign up for funding alerts.  

What We Do Not Fund

RWJF funds many initiatives in support of our vision for a Culture of Health. Activities we do not fund include:

  • Political campaign activity, including any activities supporting or opposing candidates for elected office or political parties 

  • Lobbying for or against particular pieces of legislation

Unless otherwise specifically stated in a Call for Proposals, activities we typically do not fund include:

  • Research and services focused on specific diseases, disorders, or conditions

  • Basic biomedical research, clinical research and trials, or research on treatments, cures, drug therapies, or medical devices

  • Healthcare providers for direct medical service
  • Capital projects (e.g., purchase; construction; or renovation of property including clinics, community centers, etc.)

  • Requests from individuals for assistance with healthcare needs, medical costs, or other personal needs/costs

  • Programs based outside the United States, unless invited by our Global Ideas for U.S. Solutions program.

On a continual basis, we monitor trends in our fields of interest, and assess and adjust our grantmaking in ways we believe will help us achieve the greatest impact. Through this process, as we transition into new priority areas over time, we may cease funding in others.


Contact RWJF at:

  • US Toll Free: (877) 843-7953
  • International: +1 (609) 627-6000

Due to COVID-19, response time may be 24–48 hours.