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The Young Leader Awards

Grants to Young Leaders In the U.S. and Territories
for Innovations in Health and Health Care

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF)

Deadline Date:

07/16/12 11:59PM ET


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Ten grants of $40,000 each to young leaders across the U.S. who demonstrate outstanding leadership in working to improve health and health care. The purpose of these grants is to recognize unique individuals who demonstrate the characteristics needed to improve health and health care through leadership and innovation.
Specifically, nominees should be those who:
* Meet an Important Need through Innovation — The nominee will have demonstrated the ability to address an important health or health care need by developing a new approach.
* Accomplish — The nominee will have demonstrated the ability to bring others together to achieve results greater than what a single person could bring about.
* Demonstrate Empathy, Care and Commitment — The nominee's success reveals concern for people and a persistent drive to relieve suffering and fulfill human potential.
* Demonstrate a capacity to apply learning beyond the boundaries of a single discipline.
* Demonstrate a curiosity that drives for answers to questions others have passed over, showing persistence as well as an ability to engage others in the quest for answers.
* Combine Thinking and Action — The nominee will have developed great ideas into products, services, or policies that have made a difference in health or health care.
* Demonstrate a sustainable impact — The nominee will have made an impact on health or health care that extends beyond an initial group of people to reach additional populations and will likely be sustainable over the decades ahead.

Examples of potential young leaders include but are not limited to:
* Scientists working on discontinuities with the potential to cure or largely control major diseases (e.g., heart disease, cancer, Alzheimer’s), or who are applying new knowledge (e.g., how epigenetics works and how we can create environments for healthy genome expression).
* Health innovators capable of monumental improvements that could create unbelievable quality of life.
* Technology developers who could lower the cost of health care.
* Role models or behavioral scientists who could greatly increase health consciousness and healthful behaviors (e.g., how we eat and stay active).
* Change agents shaping policy, systems, or behavior, who could successfully address violence, nutrition, physical activity or other important social factors for health.
* Health equity promoters who innovatively reduce health disparities, especially by affecting upstream causes of disparities and ill health.
* Developers of innovative community programs or new approaches that show promise for other communities, especially within diverse and vulnerable communities.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 129068

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Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for a Young Leader Award, a candidate must:
* Have been working to improve health or health care for at least three years;
* Have contributed to improving health or health care through innovation and leadership;
* Be 40 years of age or younger as of July 16, 2012; and
* Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or its territories.

Neither the nominee nor the nominator may be staff or family of staff of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute for Alternative Futures, or the Awards Panel. Additionally, nominees cannot be Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation or related by blood or marriage to any Officer* or Trustee of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or be a descendant of the Foundation’s founder, Robert Wood Johnson.

* The Officers are the Chairman of the Board of Trustees, President and CEO, Chief of Staff, General Counsel & Secretary, and Treasurer of the Foundation.

Pre-Application Information:

Nominators and Nominees must submit their completed templates and statements by email to Only material submitted to this email address will be accepted. Nominations will be accepted beginning May 31, 2012, and all materials must be received no later than July 16, 2012, 11:59 pm Eastern Time. Nominations will not be acknowledged or returned. No responsibility is assumed for late, lost, incomplete, inaccurate, or misdirected nominations or nominations that are not received for any reason. No feedback or comments will be provided to nominees or nominators on their submissions.

Contact Information:

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

Phone: (703) 684-5880

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming