Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program

Posted on February 5, 2018

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for its 2018 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program.

The goal of the annual program, which seeks teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant research focused on health and well-being, is to produce interdisciplinary leaders from diverse backgrounds who conduct and apply high-quality, action-oriented, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities.

To that end, the program will recruit and select applicants represented by teams of three people (“IRL team”) — two mid-career researchers and one community member — to become IRL program fellows. IRL teams will represent the grantee in this program and join together as a diverse cohort of fellows that participate in a three-year program. During this time, fellows will receive leadership training, the opportunity to learn and apply cutting-edge research methods, expert mentoring, networking opportunities, and fellowship and research funds so that they may better effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health equity research.

Awards will total up to $350,000 per grantee organization for the duration of the three-year program. The amount includes grant funds to support the ongoing participation of all team members for all three years and a research project award. Note that additional resources, in the form of training, collaborative opportunities, and travel expenses, are provided independent of the award.

To be eligible, applicants must be an organization based in the United States or its territories. Applicants must be represented by a three-person team that will participate in grant activities. Each team must comprise three mid-career individuals (i.e., two researchers and one community partner).

The foundation will host an informational webinar for prospective applicants on February 8 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (EST). Registration is required.

See the RWJF website for complete program guidelines and application instructions.

Deadline: March 14, 2018

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