Policies for Action: Policy and Law Research to Build a Culture of Health

2018 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: April 27, 2018 | Application Deadline: Thu, 7 Jun 2018


Policies for Action was created to help build the evidence base for policies that can help build a Culture of Health. We are interested in learning how national, state or local policies can promote lifelong health and health equity for individuals, families, and communities; as well as what enabling factors promote the adoption and spread of good policies.

Scholars and other experts from any field can help us understand how policies influence, both positively and negatively, the many potential drivers of population health, well-being, and equity. We welcome proposals that will investigate public and private policies from a range of political ideologies and perspectives. By policies, we mean not just laws and regulations at the local, state, and federal level, but also private sector practices, such as those affecting workplaces, neighborhood and community development, and family stability. Both public and private sector policies and practices can significantly impact a person’s health. These policies and practices might be related to: health care; public health; education and training; housing and community development; civil rights; transportation and planning; labor and employment; taxes and spending. Additional information on this program can be found at policiesforaction.org.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • 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.
  • Awards will be made to organizations, not to individuals.
  • We welcome applications from all investigators. The following are especially encouraged to apply:
    • Interdisciplinary or cross-sector research teams;
    • Researchers from diverse backgrounds or with diverse life experiences;
    • Investigators from a wide range of disciplines, including, but not limited to architecture; business; communications; community planning; economics; education; epidemiology; health policy; law; medicine (including practitioners); political science; psychology; public policy; public administration; public health; social work; sociology; urban planning and systems engineering; and
    • First-time applicants to RWJF.

Key Dates

May 16, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant informational webinar.
To access the recording of the applicant webinar, click here.

June 7, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of letters of intent.

Late July 2018
Notification to letter of intent applicants, including invitations to submit full proposals.

August 30, 2018 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of invited full proposals.

Mid-October 2018
Notification to full proposal applicants, including invitation to finalists to proceed with grant initiation.

December 15, 2018
Grants initiated.

Total Awards

  • Approximately $2 million will be awarded through this CFP, which includes approximately $1,550,000 total for the general CFP, and $450,000 set aside for pre-emption-focused proposals.
  • For the general CFP, typical grants will be capped at $250,000 (in total direct and indirect costs) for a maximum funding period of 24 months. Projects that exceed the recommended budget range must provide strong justification for the proposed budget (not to exceed $350,000).
  • For the set-aside for pre-emption research, up to three grants will be funded up to $150,000 each.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
June 07, 2018, 3:00 p.m. ET

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