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. Teams of more than two investigators are ineligible.
Applicants must be affiliated with educational institutions or 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations located in the United States or its territories.
My Investigator Award in Health Policy Research provided the resources I needed to complete a research project on an innovative topic that crossed disciplinary boundaries. I investigated the relationship between the new race consciousness in genomic science and biomedical research and the debate over race consciousness in law and social policy. Through the program’s annual meetings, the award also gave me an unparalleled opportunity to present my ideas to a group of leading health experts and to learn about their cutting-edge research. The result was not only the publication of my book, Fatal Invention: How Science, Politics, and Big Business Re-create Race in the Twenty-first Century, but also enduring connections with an extraordinary network of scholars who seek to have a positive impact on health policy.