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Systems for Action: Supplemental Research on COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $100,000

Fields of work: Health Care Access & Delivery Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Emerging Technology Development Health Information Technology Data Science & Digital Information Systems

Applicant type: Nonprofit, Government Entity

Funding uses: Research, Project / Program

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: United States, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico Show all

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Supplemental Research on COVID-19 Response and Recovery

Health is shaped by a complex web of social, economic, and environmental conditions and experiences that extend far beyond the reach of the medical care system. Studies conducted through the Systems for Action (S4A) program test innovative mechanisms for aligning delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services, with a focus on the effects of these mechanisms on health and health equity.

All applicants should make sure that their team includes individuals with relevant expertise in scientific research design, data analysis methodologies, and scientific publication. Applicants from nonacademic settings that do not have an embedded research unit are strongly encouraged to partner with a research institution to provide this expertise.


The need to identify successful system alignment strategies has become increasingly urgent in the wake of the SARS-CoV-2 virus pandemic that causes COVID-19. This pandemic places people with unmet health and social needs at heightened risk of infection and complications, while propagating unmet needs through job losses, school and business closures, occupational risks, and social distancing policies. This call for proposals (CFP) will provide supplemental research funding to teams that are already engaged in the study of a promising system alignment mechanism, with the objective of learning how this mechanism performs in addressing health and social needs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible teams must have an active or recently completed research study (within 12 months of application submission) that can be extended through the use of supplemental research funding. This CFP is appropriate for studying an existing system alignment mechanism implemented prior to the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic, and about which some pre-COVID evidence has already been created by the applicant. Studies funded through the S4A program must test a specific system alignment mechanism that engages all three of the sectors referenced in this call—medical care, public health, and social services.

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This page was last reviewed August 06, 2020 and last updated July 11, 2020