RWJF Health and Climate Solutions

Through this funding opportunity, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) seeks to develop and amplify the evidence around a set of approaches that improve community health and well-being and advance health equity, while also addressing climate change adaptation or mitigation. Eligible, local approaches can focus on one or more of a range of determinants of health—including, but not limited to: air quality; energy sources; transportation or mobility design; food and water systems; housing; and health systems. Proposals should specify the determinants of health that the given approach is addressing, and the expected impact on health and well-being. Grant funds will support research and evaluation activities to develop the best possible evidence highlighting what is working well with the select approach and why; where there have been opportunities and challenges; and how other communities may learn from this approach to tackle similar challenges. *All interventions eligible for this funding must have been implemented and active for at least one year as of the date of the application.

Proposals must discuss approaches focused in one or more geographically defined communities.

Number of Applications
Amount of Funding

$350,000 over two years



  • The community or organization implementing the approaches to address the health impacts of climate change, while improving health equity, must serve as the primary applicant (Project Director), and will be the prime recipient of funds. Individuals from collaborating organizations (e.g. research partner) can serve as the co-Project Director.

  • Eligible applicant organizations include public and private nonprofit organizations, federally or state-recognized Indian tribal governments, indigenous organizations, local government, and academic institutions.

  • Preference will be given to applicant organizations 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.

  • Applicant organizations must be based in the United States or its territories.


Submission Process

Step 1

Internal deadline for letter of intent is no later than 5:00pm. on January 7, 2019

Please attach the following materials as a single PDF document in an email to Stephanie Endy, at

  1. Cover letter listing the project title, PI Name, Department, and school or college, all co-PIs, Key Personnel on the project, and their institutions.

  2. NSF- or NIH-style biosketch for the PI.

  3. One page description of the project demonstrating the fit of the project with the funding opportunity.

Step 2

Final nominees will be notified of their selection by January 11, 2019.

Step 3

Final proposal must be received by the Office of Research Administration by February 4, 2019, at 5:00pm EST.

Step 4

Final proposal must be received by the sponsor by February 8, 2019, at 5:00pm EST.


Abstract or LOI to ORA Chosen Proposal Announced ORA Final Proposal Due Date Sponsor Submission Deadline Days Until Due
01/07/2019 01/11/2019 02/04/2019 02/08/2019 CLOSED