This call for applications (CFA) seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant, action-oriented research to improve health and well-being. The applicant organization (the one group that will accept and distribute RWJF funds) will be represented by the team members listed on its application.
The broad goal of the Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, community-engaged, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Another central goal of the IRL program is to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations that will help build the evidence base for effective community interventions to improve health for all.
Accordingly, the program will recruit and select applicants represented by teams of three people (“IRL team”): two mid-career researchers and one community member to become IRL program fellows. IRL teams will be the grantees in this program and join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that will participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive: leadership training; opportunities to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods; expert mentoring; networking opportunities; and, both fellowship and research funds.
With these resources, IRL fellows will be better equipped to effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health equity research.