The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is accepting applications for it 2019 Interdisciplinary Research Leaders program.
Through the program, grants of up to $350,000 will be awarded to teams of researchers and community members who are committed to working together to produce community-relevant action-oriented research that leads to improvements in health and well-being.
The broad goal of the IRL program is to produce diverse interdisciplinary leaders who conduct and apply high-quality, equity-focused health research in order to drive improvements in the health of communities. Accordingly, the program will recruit and select a diverse cohort of mid-career researchers and community members to become IRL program fellows.
Each cohort of fellows will participate in a three-year program. During that time, fellows will receive leadership training, the opportunity for cutting-edge research method exploration, mentoring, networking opportunities, and fellowship and research funds so that they may better effect change and become the next generation of leaders in population health and health-equity research.
Applicants must apply to the IRL program as a team. Each team must be consist of three individuals, including two researchers and one community partner. Researchers are people with a terminal degree in their field (e.g., PhD) or who have extensive research or evaluation experience. Researchers from diverse disciplinary and demographic backgrounds are encouraged to apply. The IRL program encourages researchers from fields that traditionally do not study health, or researchers who do not have prior direct experience in health research, to apply.
Community partners are defined as individuals with close ties to a community of interest. These individuals must have the potential to take action on the issue themselves or have relationships with entities that can.
See the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation website for complete program guidelines, an FAQ, sample application, and application instructions.