Public Health Law Research offers long-term, short-term and rapid-response funding for projects at the intersection of law and public health, but may also draw upon a range of other disciplines, including medicine, economics, sociology, psychology and public policy. RWJF allocates up to 3.5 million in each round of funding. PHLR also promotes of funding opportunities in the field of public health law research from other sources.
Funded by competitive grants from Public Health Law Research, each independent "Grantee Research" project seeks to build the evidence for and strengthen the use of regulatory, legal and policy solutions to improve public health. PHLR is also interested in identifying and ameliorating laws and legal practices that unintentionally harm health. As public health practitioners, policy-makers and others consider how laws influence the public's health, they need evidence to inform questions such as: How does law influence health and health behavior? Which laws have the greatest impact? Can current laws be made more effective through better enforcement, or do they require amendment?