Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Program Funding Area: 
Health Care
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Populations Served: 
All Populations
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Mission/Giving Statement: As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted solely to the public's health, we have a unique capability and responsibility to confront the most pressing health and health care problems threatening our society. Our efforts focus on improving both the health of everyone in America and their health care—how it's delivered, how it's paid for, and how well it does for patients and their families. As we invest in improving systems through which people receive care and in fostering environments that promote health and prevent disease and injury, we expect to achieve comprehensive, meaningful, and timely change.

Grantmaking Program Areas: Human Capital; Childhood Obesity; Coverage; Pioneer; Public Health; Quality/Equality; Vulnerable Populations

Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:

Human Capital: We prepare health professionals for leadership, support scholars in their research, and promote diversity in order to build a skilled health care workforce ready to address the health, cost and quality challenges facing the nation.

Childhood Obesity: The Foundation wants to help all children and families eat well and move more-especially those in communities at high risk for obesity.  Its goals are to reverse the childhood obesity epidemic by 2015 by improving access to affordable healthy foods and increasing opportunities for physical activity in schools and communities across the nation.

Coverage:  By developing policies and programs to expand health coverage and maximize enrollment in existing coverage programs, the Foundation is working to ensure that everyone in America has stable, affordable health care coverage.

Pioneer: The Foundation supports innovators whose bold ideas push beyond conventional thinking to explore solutions at the cutting edge of health and healthcare.

Public Health:The Foundation believes that every American should have the opportunity to be as healthy as he or she can be.  And the Foundation strives to ensure all Americans have quality public health services and policies that protect, promote and preserve their health, regardless of who they are or where they live.

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Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation provides grants for projects in the United States and US territories that advance its mission to improve the health and health care of all Americans. For projects to be eligible for funding, they must address one of the seven program areas. RWJF supports public agencies, public charities and/or organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation aims to fund innovative projects that can have measurable impact and can create meaningful, transformative change, such as: Service demonstrations; Gathering and monitoring of health-related statistics; Public education; Training and fellowship programs; Policy analysis; Health services research; Technical assistance; Communications activities; and Evaluations. RWJF awards most grants through calls for proposals (CFPs). All seven program areas issue CFPs from time to time. Only the Pioneer program area accepts unsolicited proposals. RWJF accepts unsolicted proposals in this area at any time and issues awards throughout the year. There are no deadlines.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation no longer funds projects in the areas of health and health care listed: End-of-life care; Long-term care; Specific chronic conditions (that are not part of the strategies of other program areas); or Physical activity for adults age 50 or older. The Foundation does not support foreign organizations, nor does it support public agencies, public charities or organizations which are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. RWJF does not provide support for: Ongoing general operating expenses or existing deficits; Endowment or capital costs; Basic biomedical research; Research on drug therapies or devices; Direct support of individuals or lobbying of any kind.

Application Instructions: If you are applying for a grant via a call for proposals (CFP), please follow the application instructions as outlined in the CFP. Due to the differences of each CFP, the application process can vary. If you are applying for an unsolicited grant, you must initiate the process by submitting a brief proposal form. Please note that RWJF only accepts unsolicited proposals for its Pioneer program area. Application instructions available online. Applicants and other interested parties are invited to sign up for RWJF Funding Alert emails online.

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Street Address: 
PO Box 2316
Address Line 2: 
Route 1 and College Road East
New Jersey
ZIP Code: 
(877) 843-7953
Primary Contact Name: 
Lydia Ryba
Job Title: 
Manager, Office of Proposal Management
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Last Updated Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2022 - 4:06pm
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