Innovative Research to Advance Racial Equity

October 14, 2021

Due Date: 12/31/21
Funder: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated solely to health. Since 1972, they’ve supported research and programs targeting some of America’s most pressing health issues—from substance abuse to improving access to quality health care. And they have witnessed great progress. But they have also noticed that the nation has worked to improve health by focusing primarily on the health care system—when in fact, people’s health is influenced significantly by where they live, learn, work, and play. And time and time again, they have come to recognize that no matter the issue, no single organization or sector can change the trajectory of America’s health alone. By working alongside many others, they can bring about meaningful change, now and for generations to come.

About the Opportunity 

Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), funds rigorous research that expands the evidence needed to build a Culture of Health, with an explicit emphasis on advancing racial equity. RWJF recognizes that achieving racial equity is not possible without a focus on the foundational and structural drivers of health, often referred to as the social determinants of health (e.g., housing, education, built environment, economic opportunity, law enforcement, and others). Therefore, they partner with researchers, practitioners, community leaders, advocates, and policymakers across the many sectors and domains that impact health and well-being to develop evidence about what works to dismantle or remedy unjust systems and practices and produce more equitable outcomes for people and communities of color. E4A seeks grantees who are deeply committed to conducting rigorous and equitable research and ensuring that their findings are actionable in the real world. In addition to research funding, RWJF also supports grantees with stakeholder engagement, dissemination of findings, and other activities that can enhance their projects’ potential to “move the needle” on health and racial equity. Only through intentional and collaborative efforts to disrupt racism and translate research to action can they hope to build a more just and equitable society and a Culture of Health.

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.