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

Grants to USA Scholars from Historically Underrepresented
and Disadvantaged Groups to Promote Health Equity

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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01/02/20 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories scholars from historically underrepresented and disadvantaged groups for research projects to advance health equity. Funding is intended for researchers from multiple disciplines. Funding is also intended to foster policy action and laws to ensure that all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being. Two researchers will be located in and conducting research within the state of New Jersey.

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.

While the Foundation welcomes all policy research ideas, it will prioritize those that inform one or more of RWJF’s focus areas:

  • Healthy Communities: Communities should all be surrounded by conditions that enable us to live the healthiest life possible, such as access to healthy food, quality schools, stable housing, good jobs with fair pay, and safe places to exercise and play. Unfortunately, many communities lack these basic necessities. Making progress requires us to make positive changes to community environments; advance policies and systems aimed at preventing illness; identify root causes of health disparities; and address the social determinants of health. 
  • Health Systems: Having high-quality, easily navigable health and health care systems that work seamlessly with other sectors—such as community and social services—is essential to achieving health equity. Making progress requires improving outcomes and lowering costs; strengthening rural and safety-net delivery systems; cultivating effective cross-sector partnerships; and ensuring access to health insurance coverage and high-value care. 
  • Healthy Children and Families: All children need nurturing environments to grow up healthy, and all families must have the opportunity to provide such environments for their children. Access to nutritional foods, energetic play, and positive social and emotional environments are critical to healthy childhood development. Many children across the nation lack some or all of these basic needs, which affects their health at every stage of life.

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 186685

Number of Grants:

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.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $250,000 each will be awarded through this program.

Term of Contract:

Studies will need to be completed within a two-year time frame.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The individual applicant must:
- Be from a group that has historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. The term “historically disadvantaged” refers to the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors. Eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, individuals from ethnic and racial groups underrepresented in research disciplines, first-generation college graduates, people from low-income communities, and individuals with a disability. These examples are intended to be illustrative, not exclusive. Applicants who do not fall within one of these categories, but who believe they are from a historically disadvantaged or underrepresented background will have an opportunity to describe their individual circumstances as part of the online application process.

- Be a junior faculty member in an accredited school with an academic position that could lead to tenure (usually at the instructor or assistant level) or in a similar position in a nonacademic research institution. Preference is given to applicants with full-time appointments.

- Have completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years.

- Be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, or individuals granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) status by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services at the time of application. As federal policy or laws change, adjustments in eligibility and grant terms may be considered.

Home Institution:
A home institution is an organization the participant selects to receive the grant funds. Typically, the home institution is the individual’s employer. A home institution must possess the administrative and financial capacity and experience to accept the award and be:
- Based in the United States or its territories;
- An accredited academic institution or nonacademic research institution;
- Willing to receive the funds from RWJF; and
- Able to distribute funds in a manner that is consistent with RWJF policies (described in “Use of Grant Funds”).

The home institution will be responsible for signing a letter of agreement with RWJF and submitting financial and narrative reports to the Foundation.

Additional individual eligibility criteria can be found at

Pre-proposal Conference:

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

Please join Policies for Action and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for an informational webinar about a new call for proposals to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in policy and law research. The Foundation is seeking early-career researchers from underrepresented or historically disadvantaged backgrounds to study existing policies and law reform so everyone may have a fair and just opportunity to live their healthiest life.

Interested researchers will learn more about this special funding and mentorship opportunity and have a chance to ask questions.

Time: Sep 4, 2019 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates and Deadlines:
- 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, if invited.
- Mid-February 2020: Notification to full proposal applicants, including invitation to finalists to proceed with grant initiation.
- April 1, 2020: Grants initiated.

As part of the submission process, applicants must identify two institutional mentors. The “career” mentor should be a senior leader in the grantee’s university or research institution who will advise the grantee on career development. The “research” mentor should be a senior researcher with similar or complementary research interests. This mentor will guide the grantee in designing research projects and developing appropriate research skills.


Contact Information:

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

Submit LOI and apply online:

Please direct all inquiries to:
Policies for Action National Coordinating Center
Urban Institute
Phone: (202) 261-5300

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