Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Grants for Disease

OVERVIEW:  The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is a large funder that supports a variety of health-related organizations and initiatives. It generally makes these gifts to organizations that serve at-risk and underserved populations, but it also supports projects in new and innovative research.

IP TAKE:  RWJF does not have funding interests in any specii

PROFILE: The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation was founded by General Robert Wood Johnson II, son of a co-founder of Johnson & Johnson. The foundation seeks to build “a Culture of Health that provides everyone in America a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.” It has four focus areas called Health Systems, Healthy Communities, Healthy Children Healthy Weight, and Leadership for Better Health.

While RWJF does not have any specific disease interests, its Healthy Communities focus area has a subprogram dedicated to Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. This program helps “help communities to identify critical gaps in health, and advance policy and system changes aimed at preventing illness and increasing opportunity for better health for all.” Recent grantees include the UC San Francisco Center for Vulnerable Populations, the UI Chicago Institute for Health Research and Policy, and the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine.

Grants typically range from $100,000 to $300,000, but are sometimes in the millions.

RWJF accepts applications to any of its Open Programs, each of which may have a unique deadline. It also accepts unsolicited proposals for Pioneering Ideas that may not fit into any of its program areas.


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