$800,000 for Research

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in partnership with the National Coordinating Center for Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) is accepting applications for mentored research projects to examine the organization, financing, delivery, and quality of public health services and the resulting impact on population health. Through the “Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards” initiative, RWJF will award grants up to $100,000 for eight projects to expand the evidence base for effective decision-making in public health practice and policy.

In 2012, the previous funding examined a wide range of public health related topics such as policies regarding health information exchange, disparities in access to public water and sanitation, costs of public health, investments in controlling tuberculosis, and how local health departments can effectively use social media tools.

“To have good research, we must have good researchers so nurturing these researchers must be a high priority for the RWJF and the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR,” said F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD., Director of the Center which is funded by RWJF and housed at the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health.

Proposals are encouraged from researchers representing a variety of disciplines including health services management, law, public policy, economics, business administration, organizational behavior, sociology, finance, urban planning, public administration, information and library science, and industrial and systems engineering.

RWJF will be hosting an optional applicant web conference call on June 4, 2013 from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. The deadline for proposals is August 21, 2013. For more information, go to http://www.rwjf.org for eligibility and application guidelines or email Ann V. Kelly at the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR at PHSSR212@uky.edu or call 859-218-2317.

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