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RWJF Pioneering Ideas (HFC)

Date: December 31, 2021

Time: All Day

Contact: Vanity Campbell

Sponsor: Contracts and Grants

Event Details

RWJF Pioneering Ideas (HFC)

Funding Opportunity Number: Not applicable

Funding Organization's Deadline: No deadline

Discipline/Subject Area: health and health care

ANR Priority Area(s): HFC

Funding Available($): Not specified


Description: While improving the status quo is vital to the health and well-being of millions of Americans now, the Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal opportunity reaches beyond incremental changes to explore the ideas and trends that will influence the trajectory and future of health. Ultimately, we support work that will help us learn what a Culture of Health can look like—and how we can get there.

The goal of the Pioneering Ideas Brief Proposal funding opportunity is

  • to explore;
  • to look into the future and put health first as we design for changes in how we live, learn, work and play;
  • to wade into uncharted territory in order to better understand what new trends, opportunities and breakthrough ideas can enable everyone in America to live the healthiest life possible.

Pioneering Ideas should:

  • Challenge assumptions or long-held cultural practices.
  • Take an existing idea and give it a new spin—or a novel application.
  • Offer a new take or perspective on a long-running, perplexing problem.
  • Apply cutting-edge ideas from other fields to health.
  • Explore the potential for emerging trends to impact our ability to build a Culture of Health.

Examples of funded works include:

  • MakerNurse: Through the MakerNurse project, RWJF supported the piloting of makerspaces in two hospitals, applying the emerging Maker Movement trend to accelerate and spread innovation at the bedside.
  • Virtual Human Interaction Lab: Virtual reality is being billed as the next big thing in entertainment, but what can it bring to health? We’re exploring its potential to build lasting empathy and accelerate our path to a Culture of Health.
  • Air Louisville: Louisville, Ky., is pioneering the use of patient-generated data to inform policies that help prevent asthma attacks—combining data from GPS-enabled inhalers with data on air quality, traffic and vegetation.

After we review a brief proposal, we may invite the applicant to submit a full proposal for consideration. A full proposal is submitted by invitation only and requires a substantially more comprehensive description of the proposed work, along with a more detailed budget than a brief proposal.


OCG Note: Please note any changes to the funding opportunity including deadline dates may not be updated to this calendar. Please visit the Sponsor's website below for additional  information.

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