Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research supports innovative scholars from a wide range of fields to undertake ambitious, cutting-edge studies of significant health policy challenges facing America. This highly-competitive program provides one of the few funding opportunities for outstanding researchers throughout the stages of their careers to explore bold new ideas for improving the nation’s health or health care system.
The program awards 24- to 60-month grants of up to $335,000 to fund new research projects that have national policy relevance. Grant funds are to be used primarily for project salary support for the principal investigator(s). Investigators must be prepared to commit substantial time to the project.
Applicants must be affiliated with educational institutions or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the United States or its territories.
We welcome applicants in the health, social and behavioral sciences, as well as other fields.
We seek a diverse group of applicants, including minorities, early-career researchers and individuals who work in non-academic settings.
Past RWJF Investigator Award grantees and teams of more than two researchers may not apply.
Participating in the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research program—first as an awardee and later as a member of the National Advisory Committee—has been one of the best parts of my academic life. It made it possible for me to do research that involved untested ideas and that crossed disciplines—research that would have been very difficult to do otherwise. And, through the annual meetings, I’ve been exposed to a very broad range of ideas and have enjoyed interacting with extremely creative people.