Integrating Cost-of-Care Conversation Resources into the Clinical Workflow

2016 Call For Proposals

    Release Date: June 15, 2016 | Application Deadline: July 27, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET


Note: This program is sponsoring two calls for proposals at this time.  To view the Optimizing Cost-of-Care Conversations Between Clinicians and Vulnerable Patients Call for Proposals (CFP), please see

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committed to ensuring that everyone in America has access to affordable, quality health care. Improving cost and value conversations between patients and clinicians will support patients in making health care choices based on their needs and preferences, in collaboration with their care providers. This solicitation seeks to establish best practices for how tools/resources that support cost-of-care conversations (e.g., cost estimator tools, conversation guides, financial questions) can be better embedded into the clinical workflow and patient/caregiver “life flow.” Funded studies will thus explore these best practices for workflow integration, to ultimately help inform the development and refinement of tools, guides and resources for improving patient and clinician communication around costs and high-value care. Ultimately, RWJF seeks to understand what best practices are needed, how health systems may need to act to respond to such needs, and the adaptive challenges they might face when doing so.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Researchers as well as practitioners and public and private policymakers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research, economics, sociology, program evaluation, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law business administration and other related fields.

Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.

Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

Key Dates

June 29, 2016 (2:30 p.m. ET)
Listen to the webinar recording here.
View webinar slides here.

July 27, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

September 15, 2016
Notification of finalists.

December 1, 2016
Grants start.

Total Awards

  • Up to $900,000 will be available under this CFP.
  • Project funding can be up to $250,000 to accommodate studies of up to 12 months.
  • Three to five studies will be funded.
  • We expect to fund a mix of studies with varying budget levels across each of the major topic areas referenced above.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
July 27, 2016, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Domitilla Masi, senior associate, Avalere Health

Phone: (202) 446-2215


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Costs of Care: Getting the Patient-Provider Conversation Right

Doctors and patients want to talk transparently about the costs and value of health care, but it’s easier said than done. RWJF's Emmy Ganos discusses efforts to address this challenge by surfacing best practices.

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