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2017 Research Grants

The 2015 County Health Rankings Research Grants culminated in five innovative projects looking at how to make the most of community data to understand and address what drives local health. We are excited to, once again, support pioneering ideas on how to advance our Rankings and impact community health across the country.


The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps (CHR&R) program is a collaboration between the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Our program provides information, tools, and resources to help mobilize local communities, national partners, and leaders across multiple sectors to improve health and increase health equity.

Funded by CHR&R, the Research Grants will serve an important role in strengthening the Rankings and improving accessibility, communication, or usability of Rankings data through:

  • Refinement of current methodology used in the Rankings model;
  • Explorations of new data sources, measures, or methods for the Rankings; or
  • Quantitative analyses of Rankings data.

The Brief Proposal Deadline is May 3, 2017. See the 2017 Call for Proposals for application details.

Total Awards

Up to $300,000 will be available for research under this Call for Proposals (CFP), with a combination of:

  • Targeted studies - up to $50,000 for a maximum of 12 months.
  • Complex/comprehensive studies - up to $100,000 for a maximum of 12 months. Applicants seeking higher funding amounts will need to clearly specify the data collection or analysis steps requiring the higher amount.

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible, an applicant organization must be located in the United States or its territories.

  • Applications must be submitted by tax exempt educational institutions, government agencies, or nonprofit organizations that are tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3).
  • We welcome applications from investigators in health, social and behavioral sciences, biostatistics, environmental science, political science, economics, and/or informatics, and other relevant fields.
  • We invite a diverse group of applicants, including early career researchers, and individuals who work in non-academic settings.

Application Resources