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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Public Entities for Research to Improve the
Affordability of Health Care for Historically Marginalized Communities

Research in Transforming Health and Health Care Systems (RTHS)

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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Deadline Date:

11/15/22 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and public entities for research that will improve the affordability of high-quality and equitable health care. Applicants must submit a preliminary proposal prior to applying. Eligible proposals benefit historically marginalized groups and communities impacted by discrimination, inequities, and structural racism. To be considered for funding, the proposed project must be led or co-led by people directly impacted by the policy being studied, such as a community-based organization or advocacy group comprised of people from the community of focus.

The purpose of the 2022 RTHS call for proposals is to support policy-relevant, community-engaged research that helps improve the affordability of care for communities most impacted by structural racism, inequities, and discrimination. RWJF seeks proposals for research and policy analysis projects that examine the design, implementation, and/or impact of local, state, and/or national policies related to the affordability of high-quality, equitable care. Studies may include people’s ability to: afford health insurance; pay for healthcare services (even with insurance); pay for transportation; child care; and other services that in turn affect access to medical care. The projects’ goals are to generate timely and useful information for use by policymakers and other decision-makers.

Proposals should focus on a historically marginalized racial or ethnic group; people with disabilities; immigrants; people from the LGBTQ+ community; or another community that has historically faced systemic and persistent barriers to good health. RWJF especially welcome proposals that consider intersecting identities across race, gender, sexual orientation, disability status, and other dimensions. In consideration of our commitment to community-engaged research, people from the community of focus must have a leadership role in the design, conduct, and dissemination of the proposed research or analysis.

RWJF expects to fund a diverse range of studies with varying budgets and timelines.

For eligible uses of funds, see

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GrantWatch ID#: 186097

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Estimated Size of Grant:

Funding will range from $50,000 to $350,000 per project.

Term of Contract:

May 1, 2023: Grants start

Funding will accommodate projects of nine to 36 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.

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.

Consistent with RWJF's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commitment, we particularly encourage applicants with project directors or team members from backgrounds historically underrepresented in research disciplines as a result of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, or other factors.

Pre-proposal Conference:

May 3, 2022 (2-3 p.m. ET): Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required through this link:

Pre-Application Information:

Brief Proposal Deadline: June 24, 2022 (3 p.m. ET)
Full Proposal Deadline (by invitation only): November 15, 2022 (3 p.m. ET)

Key Dates
- April 4, 2022: Call for proposals released.
- May 3, 2022 (2-3 p.m. ET): Optional applicant webinar. Registration is required.
- June 24, 2022 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
- September 12, 2022: Applicants notified whether invited to submit full proposals.
- November 15, 2022 (3 p.m. ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
- March 3, 2023: Notification of finalists.
- May 1, 2023: Grants start.


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online:

Applicants are encouraged to contact with any questions about whether their policy of interest is a fit for this CFP.

Direction and technical assistance for this program are provided by AcademyHealth.
Responsible staff members at AcademyHealth are:
• Bonnie Cluxton, JD, MPH, vice president
• Lauren Gerlach, MPP, director
• Allison Isaacson, MPH, senior manager
• Maura Dugan, research associate

Responsible staff members at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are:
• Mona Shah, PhD, senior program officer
• Alexis Levy, senior communications officer
• Maddalena Moreira, program financial analyst

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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