About the Program (through program closure)

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research provide funding to highly qualified individuals undertaking broad studies of the most challenging health, health care and health policy issues facing America. Grants of up to $335,000 are awarded to investigators from a wide range of disciplines. Successful proposals reflect thinking that is creative and conceptual and crosses disciplinary boundaries in search of knowledge and innovative solutions to critical health problems and policy issues.


The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) created the Investigator Awards in Health Policy Research in 1992 to enhance society's understanding of significant problems and policy issues related to the health and health care of Americans and to provide information that can help improve the formulation of sound policies. The program is now part of RWJF's Human Capital Portfolio, reflecting the Foundation's longstanding investments that seek to build and maintain a strong and diverse leadership and workforce in health and health care, as well as to help develop specific fields.

The program works by providing grants of up to $335,000 to highly qualified individuals to develop, interpret, or substantially advance ideas or knowledge that can improve health policy in the United States. The program challenges investigators from a variety of disciplines to tackle critical health problems and policy issues, to think creatively and across disciplinary boundaries, and to seek innovative solutions. Since 1992, RWJF has funded 183 projects involving 235 investigators from the nation's leading private and state universities, and other nonprofit organizations.

Research supported by the program has explored a range of topics including health risk and disease prevention, the determinants of health and disparities among population groups, public health policy, health care reform, the patient-provider relationship, the nursing workforce, medical technology, patient safety and quality of care, the policy-making process, and public and private financing programs, among others.

National Program Office

The Investigator Awards program is led by Alan B. Cohen, Sc.D., and headquartered at the Boston University Questrom School of Business. Jed Horwitt, M.P.H., serves as the deputy director and  Tracy Brown, M.A., M.P.P., serves as the program manager.

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National Advisory Committee

A National Advisory Committee of experts from such fields as medicine, public health, economics, political science, sociology, nursing, law, journalism, and the behavioral sciences assists in reviewing program progress and makes recommendations to RWJF.

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, we work with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.

For 40 years we've brought experience, commitment and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those we serve. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, we expect to make a difference in your lifetime. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org.

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