Philadelphia (Feb. 8, 2012) -- PHLR, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released its fourth call for proposals on studies that focus on the effects of laws and policies on public health.
The new call for proposals is available online: http://www.rwjf.org/applications/solicited/cfp.jsp?ID=21388
The deadline for submitting brief proposals is April 4, 2012 (3 p.m. EST).
As much as $2.5 million is available in this round of funding. Short-term studies will be funded up to $150,000 each for as long as 18 months. Complex studies will be funded up to $300,000 and for as long as 24 months.
While PHLR funds studies that mainly focus on the intersection between law and public health, researchers from other disciplines, such as medicine, economics, sociology, psychology, and public policy and administration are encouraged to be part of multi-disciplinary teams of applicants.
PHLR's previous three calls for proposals were issued in 2009, 2010, and 2011. Thirty-eight studies have been funded to date, addressing a wide range of legal and public health issues, including: effective legal decision-making during public health emergencies; issues related to the public health infrastructure at the state and local levels; the influence of hospital community benefit requirements on public health activities, and the impact of lead laws on public health.
Scott Burris, JD, professor of law and director of the Center for Health Law, Policy and Practice at Temple University, directs the national program office for PHLR.
"We hope that these studies will result in a strengthened evidence base for critical public health and legal issues. At its core, public health law research seeks to bridge the information gap between the law and public health outcomes. We see this research as a means to improve public health in the United States by helping policy-makers make more informed decisions," Burris said.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropic organization devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change. For more than 35 years, the Foundation has brought experience, commitment, and a rigorous, balanced approach to the problems that affect the health and health care of those it serves. When it comes to helping Americans lead healthier lives and get the care they need, the Foundation expects to make a difference in your lifetime.
The Temple Center for Health Policy, Law and Practice examines critical legal issues in public health and healthcare through interdisciplinary research projects, courses and problem-solving partnerships with academics and community leaders both locally and internationally.