A Healthier Wisconsin

2021 Call for Population & Community Health Studies

Funding Summary

Funds Available: Up to $1.5 million is available to support approximately three to five meritorious community-led collaborations.

Application Deadline: LOI Applications due by 5 PM (CST) on November 16, 2020

Funding Timeline: Project funding will begin on July 1, 2021. Projects should be conducted over a 12- to 36-month period.

Funding Details: AHW's call for Population and Community Health Studies will support community-led collaborations in Wisconsin in informing policies and practices or addressing evidence gaps for policy and practice changes in order to improve health and advance health equity.

Promising projects funded through this call will involve:

  • Discovery: Conducting a study, evaluation, assessment, or research and evaluation to produce a product that can improve policy and/or program effectiveness, population health, and health equity
  • Engagement: Assuring appropriate audiences are engaged and enabled to put new knowledge into action
  • Action: Applying the knowledge generated through the discovery process and enhanced via authentic engagement to Wisconsin health issues to inform the policies and practices that can impact health outcomes and advance health equity

Successful applicants will demonstrate alignment with AHW focus areas of improving heart health, supporting healthy minds, and dismantling cancer, and will be led by a primary community partner organization and include an MCW School of Medicine academic partner.

webinar series

Recording: 2021 Population & Community Health Studies RFA Informational Webinar

On September 10, AHW hosted an informational webinar providing interested applicants with information on AHW, an overview of the current grant opportunity, an introduction to the application process and timeline, as well as an opportunity to ask initial questions. View the recording below:

AHW Funding Virtual Open House

Have questions? We’re here to help. AHW program managers will be available on a regular basis to share answers to frequently asked questions and take any questions from interested applicants or merit reviewers. Register at the links below to receive the webinar log-in information.

Wednesday, September 16 | 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Registration Closed

Wednesday, September 23 | 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Registration Closed

Wednesday, September 30 | 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. | Registration Closed

merit review

Merit reviews will be conducted for all LOIs and full proposals that pass technical review by a merit review panel with expertise in the field. The merit review panel will consist of a combination of MCW and community-based reviewers for both application stages.


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  Who is eligible to apply for the Population & Community Health Studies funding opportunity?

All Letters of Intent (LOIs) and full proposal applications for this funding opportunity must be submitted jointly by a project team of individuals and organizations collectively bringing the necessary experience, influence, and expertise to carry out the proposed project.

Applications must be led by a primary community partner and must include an MCW School of Medicine Principal Investigator (PI) to reflect the principles outlines in AHW’s Community-Academic Partnership Model.

See the full RFA for eligibility details regarding primary community partner organizations and MCW School of Medicine PIs.

  How does my partnership apply?

Applicants under this RFA are required to have a pre-submission consultation with AHW Program Manager Tim Meister. Please contact Tim early in your application process to set up a meeting. 

Applications will only be accepted through the official online AHW application. Stage 1 LOI applications must be received by 5 PM (CST) on November 16, 2020. Those applicants invited to a Stage 2 Full Proposal Application must submit their application by 5 PM (CST) on March 15, 2021. No paper or emailed applications will be considered. AHW will confirm receipt of the submission via email to the primary community and MCW School of Medicine PI. 

  What are allowable expenses under this funding opportunity?

AHW uses a cost-reimbursement model. Funds may only be used for direct, project-related expenses. Please review a complete list of AHW’s Allowable and Unallowable Costs (PDF) as you prepare your application. 

In addition, AHW funds may not supplant funds or resources otherwise available. Please see AHW Supplanting Criteria (PDF) for details. 

  What if my community organization has not identified an MCW School of Medicine academic partner?

AHW can assist community organizations in identifying a potential MCW School of Medicine academic partner to work with. Please fill out the Partnership Request Form and discuss your needs with AHW Program Manager Tim Meister (tmeister@mcw.edu) at least a month prior to submission. 

Please note that this request does not guarantee a partnership may be identified, but that AHW will make every attempt to support you in identifying a possible academic partner. 

  How long does the application process take? When will award announcements be made?

The Call for Population and Community Health Studies is a two-step application process: 

  • Application Stage 1: Letter of Intent (LOI) applications due by 5 PM (CST) on November 16, 2020. Applicants will be notified in January 2021 of invitation to move to stage 2. 
  • Application Stage 2: Selected applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal application by 5 PM (CST) on March 15, 2021. 
  • Award Determination: Award determinations will be made in May 2021 with funded projects beginning their work in July 2021. 

Please see the full RFA for review criteria and details regarding the application process. 

Contact us

For further information or to schedule a pre-application consultation, contact Tim Meister at (414) 955-5886 or tmeister@mcw.edu.

Please note that AHW staff are currently working remotely and email is the preferred form of communication.

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