Systems for Action: Systems and Services Research to Build a Culture of Health

2017 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: April 10, 2017 | Application Deadline: May 05, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET


Systems for Action (S4A) is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) that aims to discover and apply new evidence about ways of aligning the delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services that support a Culture of Health. S4A uses a wide research lens that includes and extends beyond medical care and public health systems to include other sectors that affect health and well-being, such as housing, transportation, social services, education, criminal and juvenile justice, and economic and community development. The goal of this call for proposals (CFP) is to fund research that supports new scientific evidence on ways to optimize delivery and financing systems in ways that improve health and reduce inequities. This program, as well as RWJF’s other three signature research programs, Evidence for Action, Policies for Action, and Health Data for Action, are investigating the impact of different types of programs, policies, and health-related systems on health, equity and well-being.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Applicants must be 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 non-functionally integrated Type Ill supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
  • Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals. Multi-organizational consortia are encouraged to apply as long as a single eligible organization is designated as the primary applicant responsible for maintaining consortium agreements with other participating organizations. We strongly encourage applications from institutions, organizations, and individuals within them who are new to RWJF and have not received funding previously.

Key Dates

April 17, 2017 (12:30–1:30 p.m. ET)
Informational webinar for applicants. Registration is required.

May 5, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of proposals: Exploratory/Developmental Project (full proposals), and Individual Research Project (brief proposals).

July 3, 2017
Invitations issued for Individual Research Project applicants to submit full proposals.

Late July 2017
Exploratory/Developmental Project applicant finalists notified of funding recommendations.

August 1, 2017 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of Individual Research Project invited full proposals.

Late September 2017
Individual Research Project finalists notified of funding recommendations.

November 15, 2017
Grants initiated.


Total Awards

Two categories of awards are available through this solicitation:

  1. Exploratory/Developmental Project Awards: studies to be completed within a 12-month period with up to $100,000 in total funding. Up to five awards will be selected for funding under this solicitation.
  2. Individual Research Project Awards: studies to be completed over a 24-month period with up to $250,000 in total funding. Up to six awards will be selected for funding under this solicitation.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
May 05, 2017, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Lizeth Fowler, MS, MPA, deputy director
University of Kentucky
Phone: 859-218-2089