Optimizing Cost-of-Care Conversations Between Clinicians and Vulnerable Patients

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 Integrating Cost-of-Care Conversation Resources into the Clinical Workflow Call for Proposals (CFP), please see www.rwjf.org/cfp/talk2.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is committed to ensuring that everyone in America has access to affordable, quality health care, especially vulnerable populations. For the purpose of this funding opportunity, vulnerable populations include people with incomes less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL), who are newly insured, belonging to racial and ethnic minorities, or for whom English is a second language. This solicitation aims to fund studies that will test specific messages, best practices, and other principles to be incorporated in resources for improving the frequency and quality of cost-of-care conversations between clinicians and vulnerable patients. Funded studies will focus on testing a diverse range of approaches with diverse populations, which will ultimately help inform the development of tools, guides and resources to improve patient and clinician communication about costs and high-value care. RWJF is particularly interested in prioritizing studies that incorporate rapid testing, message research and high levels of consumer involvement, as opposed to an exclusive focus on extended scientific research and academic publication. The prioritization of rapid testing is a direct response to the imminent need for solutions for this problem. Funded studies will especially focus on preserving and enhancing trust between clinicians and vulnerable patients, given that RWJF sees this as a central factor to improving cost-of-care communication. Finally, RWJF seeks to fund a range of projects across different types of vulnerable patients, types of care settings, and—to the extent possible—geographic areas.

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 $1 million will be available under this CFP.
  • Project funding can be up to $250,000 to accommodate studies of 12 months.
  • Four to six 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

Email: dmasi@avalere.com

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