June 22, 2012                                                                                       Contact: Vikki Franklin
For Immediate Release     
             859-218-2019

Eight Grants of Up to $100,000 Each to be Awarded

LEXINGTON, KY- Developing the next generation of researchers who will examine how the organization, financing and delivery of public health services affect population health – a field known as public health services and systems research, or PHSSR – is the goal of a new round of funding opportunities from the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

The research resulting from these awards will provide relevant information to public health practitioners and policy-makers, contributing evidence that is urgently needed to improve the population’s health and the quality, efficiency and equity in public health practice, improving population health.

As many as eight Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards of up to $100,000 each for two years will support early-career investigators and enable them to establish independent research careers in PHSSR. The awards are designed to enhance the researchers’ career development experiences, help them attain advanced research skills in PHSSR and position them for other funding opportunities.

“Solid, relevant research requires that we attract the best and brightest minds to our discipline,” said F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., director of the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR, which is funded by RWJF and housed at the University of Kentucky College of Public Health. “We must accelerate, encourage and support a new generation of PHSS researchers. The Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards are designed to bring outstanding scholars to the field and provide them with the support and resources they need to become the next research leaders in PHSSR.”

Applicants must be affiliated with either public entities or tax-exempt academic institutions that are able to provide an intensive, supervised career development experience in PHSSR. Supporting institutions must demonstrate support for the applicant through matching funds and protected time for the applicant’s research. Mentored Research Scientist Development Awards require candidates to devote a minimum of 50 percent of full-time professional effort to conducting PHSSR.

Proposals must be submitted via RWJF’s online application and review system. Visit www.rwjf.org/cfs/phssrmrs and use the Apply Online link. You may be required to register at http://my.rwjf.org before you begin the application process.

For details, click here for the Call for Proposals.

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