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Grants to USA Nonprofits and Entities for Research
Regarding Medicaid Policies During COVID-19

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

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11/01/21 3:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA and territories nonprofit organizations and public entities for research examining Medicaid policies during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Applicants must submit a brief proposal prior to submitting a full grant application. Priority will be given to studies that focus on Medicaid in relation to communities of color and racial inequity.

The Medicaid program is facing tremendous opportunities and challenges at a time when its role is so vital. States and the federal government have implemented numerous temporary changes to Medicaid in response to the pandemic—such as making it easier to access, qualify and enroll in state coverage and affordable health care services.

With states having the option to make some policies permanent once federal declarations end—it is essential to understand how Medicaid policies being implemented or considered in response to the pandemic may advance racial equity—or, alternatively, reinforce or exacerbate structural racism. Evidence on these issues is needed to inform Medicaid policy in the months and years after the pandemic ends, and to help state and federal Medicaid policymakers identify and eliminate policies that contribute to racial inequities in access, care, and outcomes.

The purpose of this 2021 RTHS call for proposals is to fund research studies that evaluate or predict how enrollees are affected by Medicaid policy changes enacted in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the disproportionate impact of the pandemic on communities of color, the Foundation requesting studies that examine the impact of Medicaid policies on communities of color and/or explore how current or proposed policies may alleviate or exacerbate racial inequity and structural racism in the context of Medicaid. The goal of this funding opportunity is to generate rigorous evidence on the effects of recent Medicaid policy changes on enrollees, states, and others, and to inform and advance equitable policies and racial equity in Medicaid. The Foundation expects to fund a diverse range of studies with varying budgets and timelines.

For examples of the types of Medicaid policies and questions of interest under this CFP, see:

Grant funds may be used for project staff salaries, consultant fees, data collection and analysis, meetings, supplies, project-related travel, other direct project expenses, including a limited amount of equipment essential to the project, and indirect costs to support the applicant organization’s general operations.

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GrantWatch ID#: 186097

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Estimated Size of Grant:

- Project funding will range from $150,000 to $350,000 per project.
- Applicants should request the amount of funding they will need to complete the proposed research and to translate and disseminate the results.

Term of Contract:

- Awarded grants are expected to begin in May 2022.
- Funding will accommodate studies of 12 to 36 months.
- Applicants should propose a grant period that supports the timely dissemination of findings to inform policy.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.
- Preference will be given to applicants that are either public entities or nonprofit organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations or Type III supporting organizations. The Foundation may require additional documentation.
- Projects may be generated from disciplines including health services research; economics; sociology; program evaluation; political science; public policy; public health; public administration; law; business administration; or other related fields.
- Consistent with the Foundation's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Commitment, applicants with project directors or team members from backgrounds historically underrepresented in research disciplines as a result of their race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, disability, or other factors are particularly encouraged.

In keeping with RWJF policy, grant funds may not be used to support clinical trials of unapproved drugs or devices, to construct or renovate facilities, for lobbying, for political activities, or as a substitute for funds currently being used to support similar activities.

Pre-proposal Conference:

An informational webinar for applicants will be held on May 3 from 3-4 PM ET to provide an overview of the CFP and offer an opportunity for participants to ask questions about the program and the grantmaking process.

Registration is required:

The webinar will be archived and available for review on the AcademyHealth website.

Pre-Application Information:

Key dates and deadlines:
- April 19, 2021: Call for proposals released.
- May 3, 2021 (3-4 PM ET) Optional applicant webinar.
- June 28, 2021 (3 PM ET): Deadline for receipt of brief proposals.
- September 13, 2021: Applicants notified whether invited to submit full proposals.
- November 1, 2021 (3 PM ET): Deadline for receipt of full proposals.
- March 4, 2022: Notification of finalists.
- May 1, 2022: Grants start.

There are two phases in the competitive proposal process:

- Phase 1:Applicants must submit a brief proposal describing the proposed project.
- Phase 2: Full Proposals: Selected Phase 1 applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal of no more than 10 pages accompanied by a detailed budget, budget narrative, and additional information. Invited full proposals will undergo peer review by external subject matter experts, as well as staff at RWJF and AcademyHealth.

All applicants should log into the system and familiarize themselves with online submission requirements well before the final submission deadline. Staff may not be able to assist all applicants in the final 24 hours before the submission deadline.


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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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Be sure to include your phone number. The Foundation will make every effort to respond to all inquiries within 24 hours.

Responsible staff members at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are:
- Mona Shah, PhD, senior program officer
- Alexis Levy, senior communications officer
- Maddalena Moreira, program financial analyst

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
50 College Road East
Princeton, NJ 08540-6614

US Toll-Free: (877) 843-7953
International: +1 (609) 627-6000

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