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RWJF Announces RFP for high-value innovations from low-resource communities

November 11, 2015

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for projects that support the identification and evaluation of promising innovations that improve health and healthcare quality — without increasing costs — in low-resource communities.

Up to ten evaluations will be funded for a total of up to $2.5 million. Priority will be given to evaluations of innovations that are set in and meant to benefit the health of people in low-resource communities; intended to substantially improve a pressing community health problem; and  recognize consumers as important arbiters of value.

The primary purpose of the RFP is to support the evaluation of innovations to improve value rather than the implementation of innovations. As such, at least 80 percent of the grant funding should be allocated to activities such as evaluation design, sample selection, data collection and acquisition, analysis, and reporting. Evaluations of existing but untested innovations, or innovations that have undergone small pilot tests, are eligible for funding. Innovations that disrupt or displace less effective practices also are eligible for funding. Modest enhancements or improvements to existing procedures will not be funded.

Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations). In addition, applicant organizations must be based in the United States or one of its territories.

Organizations evaluating innovations in defined geographic areas are eligible to apply if the innovation takes place in one or more neighborhoods where at least 20 percent of residents are living in poverty. Alternatively, applicants are invited to describe their innovation’s intended target populations in terms of income or poverty status, educational attainment, linguistic or cultural isolation, general geographic setting, or other relevant indicators.

Brief proposals must be received no later than December 10, 2015. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit full proposals by March 22, 2016.

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