Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Interdisciplinary Research Leaders Program


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Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL) is a three-year national leadership development program that aims to foster and support new interdisciplinary, action-oriented research collaborations. Achieving health equity—especially for communities of color, those in low socioeconomic positions, and Native populations—is a core value of the program. The aim for the 2021 IRL program is to generate high-quality, community-engaged research useful for dismantling structural racism and improving health and health equity. Structural racism is manifested in policies, practices, and programs in ways that segregate populations based on race and ethnicity, and create barriers to social opportunity and upward mobility. There is an urgent need to identify solutions for eliminating and reversing the devastating effects of structural racism.

For the 2021 cohort, we will select up to 15 teams of three midcareer individuals each (two researchers and a community partner) from diverse disciplinary backgrounds or scientific perspectives. The applicant organization will receive up to $125,000 for each team’s specific research project, including $25,000 per year per fellow. After the fellowship begins, funds up to $15,000 per year will be available from the national program center to the community partner’s employer, sponsoring institution, or another community organization directly involved in the research project (generally limited to Section 501(c)(3) public charities and government entities). Training, collaborative opportunities, and travel expenses are also provided independent of this award.

Deadline: 5/5/2021 


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