Focus on Improving Law Research
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Deadline: None (a letter of intent is the first step in process, with applicants notified within two weeks of its submission
whether to submit a full proposal)
Public Health Law Research Program
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory
legal and policy solutions to improve public health. RWJF is equally interested in identifying and ameliorating laws
and legal practices that unintentionally harm health. As public health practitioners, policy-makers and others consider
how laws influence the public's health, they need evidence to inform questions such as: How does law influence health
and health behavior? Which laws have the greatest impact? Can current laws be made more effective through better
enforcement, or do they require amendment? The purpose of RWJF's Public Health Law Research program is to answer
such questions by building a field of research and practice in public health law.
Funding: Multiple awards up to $100,000 each (see Insider's Tip below)
Insider's Tip: The program offers two types of awards: Rapid-Response Evaluations (awards up to $100,000 each for a
one-year period) and Public Health Law Mapping Projects (awards up to $50,000 each for an eight-month period).
For more information: