Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization – Large and Small Grants

AGENCY: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

DEADLINE: Open, Grants are awarded on a rolling basis; proposals may be submitted at any time. 

AWARD: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) re-authorized this initiative for $5 million over approximately three years. Large grants will be awarded for projects requiring more than $100,000 and/or projected to take longer than 12 months. Small grants will be for projects requiring $100,000 or less and projected to take up to 12 months or less. 

ELIGIBILITY: Researchers, as well as practitioners and public and private policy-makers working with researchers, are eligible to submit proposals through their organizations. RWJF encourages proposals from organizations on behalf of researchers who are just beginning their careers, who can serve either individually as principal investigators or as part of a project team comprising researchers or other collaborators with more experience. Only organizations and government entities are eligible to receive funding under this program. 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 as defined under Section 509(a). 

TARGET POPULATION: Chronically homeless families or families at serious risk of becoming chronically homeless in which the head-of-household has a substance use disorder. Families living in the DHS Family Shelter system will be the first priority. Families living in other transitional housing settings are also considered to be a priority population, including those families who were at risk of chronic homelessness when they entered an OASAS-certified Intensive Residential facility designed to serve women and their children, and are now scheduled to complete that course of treatment. 

SUMMARY: Changes in Health Care Financing and Organization (HCFO) supports research, policy analysis and evaluation projects that provide policy leaders timely information on health care policy, financing and organization issues. Supported projects include:

  • examining significant issues and interventions related to health care financing and organization and their effects on health care costs, quality and access;
  • exploring or testing major new ways to finance and organize health care that have the potential to improve access to more affordable and higher quality health services.

Projects may be initiated from within many disciplines, including health services research, economics, sociology, political science, public policy, public health, public administration, law and business administration. 

Two categories of projects will be considered for funding under this solicitation:

  • Research and policy analysis focusing on major health care financing strategies, including strategies where financing and organization are integrally related.
  • Evaluations of major financing strategies already in place.

All projects must address how current public and private mechanisms for financing health care or proposed major changes in those mechanisms will affect health care costs, access or quality. 

No particular interventions or issues are prescribed. Proposals will be evaluated on their potential to inform health care policy. 

They are interested in proposals that examine the profound changes taking place in the public and private health care markets, including the components of the delivery system (e.g., individual providers, hospitals, the system) that make a difference in quality of care and health outcomes; and the impacts of significant changes in health insurance benefit design, payment methodologies, incentive structures, cost-effective service delivery and new business models. Research questions might include: What are the spillover effects of changes in one type of health care financing policy on other providers, patients or government programs? How is a policy change likely to affect consumers’ health care costs? What components of organizational reform reduce health care cost growth? What organizational strategies promote high-quality, value-based care? They are also interested in proposals designed to help fill the gaps in Medicaid research.

LINK to RFP: http://www.rwjf.org/en/grants/calls-for-proposals/2011/changes-in-health-care-financing-and-organization–hcfo-.html