Due Date: 12/31/20
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
Pioneering Ideas: Exploring the Future to Build a Culture of Health welcomes proposals that are primed to influence health equity in the future. RWJF seeks ideas that address any of their Pioneer team’s four current areas of focus:
- Future of Evidence
- Future of Social Interaction
- Future of Food
- Future of Work
Additionally, this call for proposals seeks ideas that might fall outside of these four focus areas but which offer unique approaches to advancing health equity and progress toward a Culture of Health. The changes the Foundation seeks require diverse perspectives and cannot be accomplished by any one person, organization, or sector. They want to hear from scientists, anthropologists, artists, urban planners, community leaders—anyone, anywhere—who has a new or unconventional idea that could alter the trajectory of health, and improve health equity and well-being for generations to come.
Preference will be given to applicants that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories. Submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members are eligible, but the lead applicant must be based in the United States.
Applications will be evaluated based on, but not limited to the following criteria:
- Strength of health equity focus: How will this project increase opportunities for everyone to live the healthiest life
possible, no matter who they are, where they live, or how much money they make?
- Strength of insight: How will this project help anticipate, adapt to, and influence the future in 5 to 15 years?
- Strength of idea: Is this project pioneering in one or more of these ways?
- Offers a new take or perspective on a long-running, perplexing problem
- Challenges assumptions or cultural practices
- Takes an existing idea and give it a new spin—or a novel application
- Applies ideas from other fields
- Explores how an emerging trend will shape the future
- Describe in which other way you see your project as pioneering
The Foundation is interested only in future-oriented ideas. If your proposal does not center around anticipating the next 5–15 years, it is not a fit for this funding opportunity.
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2020.