Funding Opportunities

Public Health Services and Systems Research (PHSSR) is a multidisciplinary field of study that examines the organization, financing, delivery and quality of public health services within communities and the resulting impact on population health. Significant changes are occurring in the delivery of public health services as a result of external forces and public health policies, creating opportunities to study the impact of these changes on population health. Funding is available from a variety of sources to support timely investigations in these areas.

Coordinating Center Managed Opportunities

Check here regularly for new research funding opportunities managed through the National Coordinating Center for PHSSR and Public Health PBRNs.

Additional Opportunities

2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates U.S. communities that are making great strides in their journey toward better health.

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize recognizes and celebrates communities that have placed a priority on health and are creating powerful partnerships and deep commitments to make change -- change that will enable all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives now and for generations to come. Winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories celebrated and shared broadly to inspire locally-driven change across the nation.

Total Awards

Up to 10 RWJF Culture of Health Prize winning communities will be honored in 2016 and each will receive a $25,000 cash prize.

Key Dates

November 12, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)
Phase I Applications (for all applicant communities) due.

December 14, 2015
Invitations extended to select applicant communities to submit Phase II Applications.

January 25, 2016 (3 p.m. ET)
Phase II Applications (for invited communities) due.

March 4, 2016
Invitations extended to finalist communities to participate in the Site Visit Phase.

April 6 – June 15, 2016
Site visits with finalist communities.

Fall 2016
National announcement of winners and celebration event.

Data Across Sectors for Health

Through this effort, DASH will propel grantees forward as they strengthen and extend their data and information sharing initiatives for assessment, planning, program development, advocacy, monitoring, and setting and acting on community priorities. The DASH coordinating office will also initiate a learning collaboration through which they will create and share models, and document barriers, solutions, lessons learned, best practices, promising innovations, sustainable examples, and opportunities for replication. Within this learning collaboration, grantees will begin to define the body of knowledge to move this emerging field toward common action, by engaging with each other, the DASH advisory group, thought leaders, researchers, practitioners, and other stakeholders.

Total Awards

  • Up to six entities (organizations or collaborations) will receive grants.
  • Grants of up to $200,000 will be awarded.
  • These grants will support project planning and implementation.
  • Grants will be awarded for project durations of 12 or 18 months.
  • Grants will begin on January 15, 2016.

Key Dates
July 6, 2015
Call for proposal release and application site launches at 9:00 a.m. ET.

July 15, 2015 - 2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET - NOTE:  Registration has reached capacity and is therefore closed.  Please register for the July 17 webinar using the link below.

July 17, 2015 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. ET
Informational webinar for applicants. Registration required.  Register using this link
or copy this link into your browser:

July 29, 2015*
Brief application deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET.

September 1, 2015
Applicants will be contacted by email and informed as to whether or not they are invited to submit a full application. Applications will be assigned to the next phase; selected applicants asked to submit full applications starting at 9:00 am ET.

October 21, 2015
Full application deadline at 3:00 p.m. ET.

December 1, 2015
Notification of finalists.

January 15, 2016
Awards begin.

February 2016
Grantee kick-off meeting; details to follow.

Center for Sharing Public Health Services


Up to seven teams engaged in public health cross-jurisdictional sharing (CJS) implementation efforts will be funded to participate in a CJS Implementation and Impact Measurement Program. Successfully funded teams implementing CJS arrangements will each receive up to $75,000 to measure (with baseline and follow-up data collection points) the impact of their arrangements. Funded teams will also receive technical assistance related to both project implementation and impact measurement. Eligible CJS arrangements must include a minimum of three contiguous jurisdictions of any size, or two contiguous jurisdictions if the combined population is 50,000 or greater.

Total Awards

  • Up to seven applicants will be funded.
  • Grants of up to a total of $75,000 each will be awarded.
  • Grants will begin on February 16, 2016, and end on or before October 15, 2017.
  • Grants will support the activities necessary to measure the impact of the CJS arrangement.

The Center will manage the CJS Implementation and Impact Measurement Program and coordinate the provision of technical assistance. NNPHI will make and administer the grants. Support for all of these activities comes from RWJF.

Key Dates

September 8, 2015 (1:30 p.m. ET)
Optional applicant webinar.

October 20, 2015 (3:00 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of full proposals.

Early January 2016
Funding decision notification.

February 16, 2016
Grants initiated.

Future of Nursing Scholars

The goal of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholars program is to develop the next generation of PhD-prepared nurse leaders who are committed to long-term careers that advance science and discovery, strengthen nursing education, and bring transformational change to nursing and health care.

Total Awards
For the 2016 cohort, the program will support up to 75 Scholars across the selected schools. Each scholar will receive $75,000 to be used over the three years of the program. This award must be matched by $50,000 in support from the school (which may be in-kind).

Key Dates

July 22, 2015 (4 p.m. to 5 p.m. ET)
Informational applicant webinar for interested schools.
View recording here.

September 17, 2015 (3 p.m. ET)
Deadline for receipt of applications.*

November 2015
The national advisory committee selects finalist schools.

December 2015
Schools receive notification of awards.

August 2016
Awards begin.

Evidence for Action
Investigator-Initiated Research to Build a Culture of Health

For more than 40 years, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has worked with people across the country to address the major health and health care issues of our time. From its inception, RWJF’s work has been driven by a continuous cycle of rigorous research, evaluation, and learning. In addition, RWJF’s commitment to a bold research agenda helps decipher some of the most complex health and policy issues facing America, and informs the discussions that lead to a healthier nation.

RWJF’s new vision, introduced in 2014, is of an America where we all strive together to build a national Culture of Health—a culture that enables all in our diverse society to lead healthier lives, now and for generations to come. RWJF envisions a Culture of Health as one in which keeping everyone as healthy as possible is a fundamental and defining American value and where policies ensure people receive health care that’s high-quality, efficient, and affordable—where, when, and how they need it.

Key Dates

Informational Web Conferences
Informational Web Conferences are scheduled for June 3, 2015 and July 22, 2015 from 1:30-2:30 p.m. ET. (10:30-11:30 a.m. PT). Registration is required:

June 3, 2015 web conference and slides found here.

July 22, 2015

Since applications are accepted on a rolling basis, these dates indicate the earliest submission, response, and funding decisions. Applications received at a later date can anticipate a similar pace.

June 1, 2015
CFP release, program begins accepting letters of intent

July 17, 2015
Notice on status of letters of intent received in June

September 11, 2015
Deadline for first set of invited full proposals

October 23, 2015
Notification of awards

December 4, 2015
Start date