Pioneering Ideas: Submitting a Brief Proposal
Throughout the year, we welcome Pioneering Idea Brief Proposals that can help us anticipate the future and consider new and unconventional perspectives and approaches to building a Culture of Health.
What is a pioneering idea? Good question. And the truth is we can’t fully define this for you. We are continually exploring in new ways and in new spaces and don’t want to provide a checklist that limits your thinking—or ours.
But we do want to give you as clear a picture as we can about the kinds of proposals we hope to see so you can best assess whether submitting an idea through our Pioneering Idea Brief Proposal process is the right next step for you.
We share some examples below of pioneering ideas we have funded in the past to give you a sense of where we’ve been. Take a look at those. But keep in mind that ultimately, we need you to challenge us, and to tell us where we should be going and what ideas have the most potential to transform the way we think about health.
To understand whether your idea or project might be a good fit for a Pioneering Idea Brief Proposal ask yourself these questions—some of the very same ones we ask ourselves as we seek new areas to explore and fund.
- What assumptions or long-held cultural practices does your project challenge?
- Do you take an existing idea and give it a new spin—or a novel application?
- Are you creating new platforms or models?
- How are you reframing or refocusing age-old questions?
- Are you exploring the potential of cutting-edge ideas, new fields or emerging trends?
- Do you take knowledge from one field or industry and apply it to another?
Here is a slideshow of some current pioneering RWJF grantees. (Please note: examples are not indications of future funding areas as we are always exploring new ideas.)