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The Social, Economic, and Political Effects of the Affordable Care Act

Grants to USA, Canada, and International Investigators
to Research USA Health Care Reform Outcomes

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Russell Sage Foundation (RSF) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

11/15/18 2:00 PM ET


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Grants to USA, Canada, and International scholars and investigators at the Ph.D. (or equivalent) level to conduct research projects to understand the various effects of the health care reforms made in the USA in 2010. A Letter of Inquiry must be submitted by August 20, 2018. Questions on the LOI process should be submitted no later than 30 days before the LOI deadline.

The Foundation is especially interested in funding analyses that address important questions about the social, cultural, and economic effects of the Affordable Care Act on outcomes such as:

- Financial security and family economic well-being,
- Labor supply and demand,
- Participation in other public programs,
- Family and children’s outcomes, and
- Differential effects of age, race, ethnicity, nativity, or disability status.

The Foundation is also interested in research that examines the political effects of the implementation of the new law, including changes in views about government, support for future government policy changes, or the impact on policy development outside of health care.

Funding may be used to support: research assistance, data acquisition, data analysis, and investigator time for conducting research and writing up results.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175593

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applications should limit requests to a maximum of $150,000 (including overhead) per project. Presidential Awards, with a maximum budget of $35,000 (no overhead allowed) are also available.

In rare circumstances, investigators may apply for a Presidential Award of up to $50,000 (no overhead) when the proposed research project has special needs for gathering data (e.g.: qualitative research) or gaining access to restricted-use data.

Term of Contract:

Applications should limit budget requests to no more than a two-year period.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants:

- All applicants (both PIs and Co-PIs) must have a Ph.D. or comparable terminal degree, or a career background that establishes their ability to conduct high-level, peer-reviewed scholarly research.
- RSF particularly encourages early career scholars to apply for Presidential awards.
- All nationalities are eligible to apply and applicants do not have to reside in the USA.
- RSF does not accept applications for Project and Presidential Awards from doctoral or other graduate students, unless specified in a special RFP.

Eligible Types of Requests:

Funding is available for secondary analysis of data or for original data collection. The Foundation is especially interested in novel uses of existing data, as well as analyses of new or under-utilized data. Proposals to conduct laboratory or field experiments, in-depth qualitative interviews, and ethnographies are also encouraged. Smaller projects might consist of exploratory fieldwork, a pilot study, or the analysis of existing data.

The Foundation encourages methodological variety and inter-disciplinary collaboration.

All proposed projects must have well-developed conceptual frameworks and research designs. Analytical models must be specified and research questions and hypotheses (where applicable) must be clearly stated.

Ineligible Types of Requests:

The Foundation will not fund research on the effects of the ACA on health care delivery or health outcomes (e.g., barriers to implementation, changes in the quality of care and health status, or trends in enrollment and affordability).

The Foundation does not:

- Provide support for sabbaticals or fellowships at other institutions, even if the PI will be working on an RSF project. The Foundation encourages investigators to consider the Foundation's Visiting Scholar Program if time is needed for completing a project.
- Support release time (course buy-outs) from teaching during the academic year.
- Provide support for any pre-doctoral or doctoral research (including dissertation research) with the exception of the Behavioral Economics Small Grants.
- Pay tuition remission for graduate or undergraduate students.
- Provide any support for personnel or other costs related to communications or dissemination or publication, including journal publication fees.
- Pay for travel for collaboration purposes or dissemination/presentation of findings (conference travel).
- Allow generic costs, such as copying, printing, mailing, phone calls, information/computer services, etc., as these are typically considered to be a part of indirect costs.

There are restrictions on salary request, as well as other budget categories. Please see the budget guidelines for the most up-to-date information.

The foundation does not typically provide support for conferences and workshops independent of a specific project and affiliated award.

Pre-Application Information:

How to Apply:

A brief letter of inquiry (four pages maximum, excluding references) must precede a full proposal to determine whether the proposed project is in line with the Foundation's priorities under this special initiative and available funds. All applications must be submitted through the Foundation's online submission system.

Letters must be submitted directly by an eligible principal investigator or co-principal investigator (graduate students and university staff are not eligible to submit applications).

If you still have questions, substantive or otherwise, regarding the submission of letters of inquiry (LOI), please submit them no later than 30 days before the next deadline. A response to any questions submitted within 30 days of an LOI deadline cannot be guaranteed.

Key Dates and Deadlines:

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: November 30, 2017 (2pm ET/11am PT)
Invited Proposal Deadline: March 5, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT)
Funding Decision: June 2018

Letter of Inquiry Deadline: August 20, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT)
Invited Proposal Deadline: November 15, 2018 (2pm ET/11am PT)
Funding Decision: March 2019


Budget guidelines:

Information about eligibility and application requirements:


Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Click here to submit a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) or Proposal:

If you still have questions after reviewing the information on the Foundation's website, please contact Aixa Cintrón-Vélez, Program Director, at

Russell Sage Foundation
112 E. 64th Street
New York, NY 10065

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