Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts

RWJF and Pew: Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities

Program Summary 

The Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages the use of health impact assessments (HIA) to help decision-makers identify the potential health effects of proposed policies, projects, and programs, and make recommendations that enhance their health benefits and minimize their adverse effects and any associated costs.

This call for proposals supports two types of initiatives: 1) HIA demonstration projects that inform a specific decision and help to build the case for the value of HIA; and 2) HIA program grants to enable organizations with previous HIA experience to conduct HIAs and develop sustainable, self-supporting HIA programs at the local, state, or tribal level.

Key Dates for Program Grants:

For Demonstration Project Grants:


The proposed HIA must address a local, tribal, or state policy, program, or project in the United States or its territories or a federal decision in which the effects are limited to a specific state, local community, or region.

HIA Demonstration Project Grant Applicants:  Prior HIA experience is not required. We encourage both public health organizations and agencies, and applicants whose primary focus is not health, to apply. Applicants from outside the field of public health must demonstrate partnerships that provide appropriate health expertise.

HIA Program Grant Applicants:  Applicants for HIA program grants must also demonstrate a minimum of $100,000 in matching funds or in-kind commitment of the applicant or partner’s time or other resources.

If applying to the HIA Program Grant, your organization must have completed at least one health impact assessment.


Applicant organizations may submit proposals for up to two HIA Demonstration project grants during this solicitation, or up to one HIA Program Grant and one HIA Demonstration Project grant. The Health Impact Project will fund no more than one proposal per organization.

Award Information

Demonstration Project Grants: Up to five demonstration project grants will be awarded. Grants will be up to $75,000 each and must be completed within 18 months.

Program Grants: Up to three grants will be awarded. Grants will be up to $250,000 each and must be completed within 24 months. Grantees must provide $100,000 in matching funds or in-kind support.

Internal Selection Procedure

The Office of the Vice President for Research has established an internal review procedure to select the UI nominees.  Applications will be reviewed according to the sponsor’s selection criteria.  Consideration will also be given to UI institutional strengths and strategic directions.  Potential applicants must submit, using the preselection link below, the following information:

1.    A two page CV;
2.    A description of the proposed research.  It should have the following elements:

The above materials must be submitted to no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 10, 2012.  The selected nominees will be asked to complete the full application package in accordance with the sponsor's deadlines outlined above.

Proposal Due to OVPRED08/10/2012 Not open for submission deadline passed
Date Due to DSP or UIFSee Program Announcement
Date Due to Sponsor
Required LOI Due Date09/14/2012
Non-Required LOI Due DateN/A
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