Advancing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Policy and Law Research: 2019 Call for Proposals for Early Career Investigators

Funding Agency:
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Policies for Action (P4A), a signature research program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, is issuing a special call for proposals (CFP) to advance health equity by actively seeking new and diverse perspectives from the policy research field. This opportunity is designed to support researchers from multiple disciplines to better understand and find solutions that will promote health equity and foster action on policies and laws that ensure all people in America can attain and preserve good health and well-being.

This opportunity will support early career researchers from underrepresented and historically disadvantaged backgrounds to:

  • Engage in career development activities and mentorship that will enhance their research capacity;
  • Develop a research project that examines existing policies or policy changes that can influence population health, well-being, and equity;
  • Produce and translate timely research results; and
  • Collaborate with other researchers to create a healthier, more equitable future for all people in America.

P4A will provide support and training for up to six investigators. Two of these six will be researchers located in and conducting research within the state of New Jersey. 

Deadline for Letter of Intent: Oct. 2, 2019

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

​The individual applicant must:

• Be from a group that has historically been disadvantaged or underrepresented in research disciplines. The term “historically disadvantaged” refers to the challenges facing individuals because of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, or similar factors. Eligible individuals include, but are not limited to, individuals from ethnic and racial groups underrepresented in research disciplines, first-generation college graduates, people from low-income communities, and individuals with a disability. These examples are intended to be illustrative, not exclusive. Applicants who do not fall within one of these categories, but who believe they are from a historically disadvantaged or underrepresented background will have an opportunity to describe their individual circumstances as part of the online application process.

• Be a junior faculty member in an accredited school with an academic position that could lead to tenure (usually at the instructor or assistant level) or in a similar position in a nonacademic research institution. Preference is given to applicants with full-time appointments.

• Have completed a doctoral degree within the last 10 years.



Amount Description

  • Grants of up to $250,000 each will be awarded through this program.
  • A total of up to six grants will be awarded.
  • Grants will be up to 24 months in duration.

Funding Type



African American
Junior Faculty
Minorities encouraged
Native American
Women of Color


Social Sciences

External Deadline

October 2, 2019