Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems

2019 Call for Proposals

    Release Date: May 28, 2019 | Application Deadline: Tue, 2 Jul 2019

Using Managed Care Payment and Contracting Strategies to Address Medicaid Enrollees’ Social Needs


The 2019 RTHS call for proposals (CFP) seeks to fund research studies that examine how state Medicaid programs are using managed care payment and contracting strategies to address enrollees’ social needs; the ways MCOs are responding; and the effect of these activities on enrollees, plans, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders. We strongly encourage applicants to consider how these activities affect health equity, meaning that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible. The goal of this funding opportunity is to generate timely evidence on the experiences of states, MCOs, Medicaid enrollees, and community-based organizations in order to inform future decision-making by state and federal policymakers and other key stakeholders.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • Researchers, as well as practitioners in the public and private sector 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; or other related fields.
  • The Foundation may give preference 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

May 28, 2019
Call for proposals released.

July 2, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of letters of intent.

July 8, 2019
Applicants receive email invitation to submit full proposals.

August 21, 2019 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

December 16, 2019
Notification of finalists.

February 1, 2020
Grants begin.

Total Awards

  • Up to $1.5 million will be available under this CFP.
  • Project funding will range from $150,000 to $250,000 per project to accommodate studies of 12 to 24 months.
  • We expect that applicants proposing descriptive studies examining implementation issues would request funding of up to $150,000 for projects of up to 12 months.
  • For projects that go beyond implementation to assess the impact of managed care payment and contracting strategies, we expect applicants may request funding of up to $250,000 for projects lasting between 12–24 months.
  • Six to eight studies will be funded.
  • We expect to fund a diverse range of studies with varying budgets and time lines.

Application is Now Closed

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