Bringing In The Research Dollars! (BiRD)

RWJF Evidence for Action: Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

Deadline: Rolling deadline, generally, applicants can expect to be notified within 6-8 weeks of their LOI submission.

Amount: Varies, see call for full details, no set allowable budget, grant duration of up to 36 months.


Evidence for Action (E4A), a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, funds research that expands the evidence base needed to build a Culture of Health. Their mission is to support rigorously designed quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methods research that yields convincing findings regarding the population health, well-being, and equity impacts of specific policies, programs and partnerships. They are especially interested in research examining the health impacts of programmatic or policy interventions that address factors outside the domain of health care services or public health practice.


  • Funding brochure
  • Letters of Intent are accepted on a rolling basis and applicants can expect a notification within 6-8 weeks of submission. Applicants invited to the full proposal stage will have 2 months to submit their proposal once they receive notification. Full proposal funding decisions will generally be made within 6-8 weeks of the submission deadline.
  • E4A was allocated $6.6 million in grant funding to award through July 2017. There is not an explicit range for allowable budget requests. As of July 2016, we had awarded 10 grants ranging in size from $46,000 to $500,000, for a total of just over $2.4 million in grant awards. Grant periods may be for durations of up to 36 months.
  • Recording of a web conference about applying to E4A is available here.

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