Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research:

2019 Call for Proposals for Early Career Investigators

    Release Date: August 7, 2019 | Application Deadline: Wed, 2 Oct 2019

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To advance equitable and inclusive policies, we need greater diversity in policy and law research. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Policies for Action program is launching a new funding and mentorship opportunity for early-career policy researchers. We seek historically underrepresented, post-doctoral scholars to study existing policies and law reform so everyone may have a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life. 


Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is issuing a special call for proposals (CFP) to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being.

This opportunity will support early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to:

  • Engage in career development activities and mentorship that will enhance their research capacity;
  • Develop a research project that examines existing policies or policy changes that can influence population health, well-being, and equity;
  • Produce and translate timely research results; and
  • Collaborate with other researchers to create a healthier, more equitable future for all people in America.

P4A will provide support and training for up to six investigators. Two of these six will be researchers located in and conducting research within the state of New Jersey. 

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

Key Dates

  • September 4, 2019 (2:30 p.m. ET)
    Optional applicant informational webinar. Registration is required.
  • October 2, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of letters of intent. 
  • January 2, 2020 (3 p.m. ET)
    Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
  • Mid-February 2020
    Notification to full proposal applicants, including invitation to finalists to proceed with grant initiation.
  • April 1, 2020
    Grants initiated.

Total Awards

  • Grants of up to $250,000 each will be awarded through this program.
  • A total of up to six grants will be awarded.
  • Grants will be up to 24 months in duration.

Application is Now Closed

Application closed as of:
October 02, 2019, 3:00 p.m. ET

Key Contacts

Policies for Action National Coordinating Center
Phone: (202) 261-5300