SIREN Research Grants Call for Proposals - Improving Patient Interest in Social Risks Screening and Assistance Interventions

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SIREN’s newest call for proposals focuses on exploring patient interest in health care-based social care services. We are seeking proposals for research studies that either examine why patients sometimes decline social care assistance from health care organizations or test strategies that can increase patient interest in health care-based assistance.

Notices of intent to submit are due September 16, 2019 at 5pm PT/8pm ET. Full Proposals are due September 30, 2019 at 5pm PT/8pm ET. The grant program is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Kaiser Permanente.

Call for Proposals | Application Templates | Notice of Intent to Submit | FAQs (last updated 8/30/19)


To address gaps in knowledge about why patients and families who screen positive for social risks decline health care-based assistance and how to design screening and assistance programs to maximize interest in assistance, SIREN is seeking proposals for research focused on advancing knowledge related to two research topics:

  • Understanding patient interest in social care from health care organizations. Under this topic, proposed projects could analyze existing data from social risk screening and assistance programs or undertake new data collection to identify patient, provider, clinic, organization, community or other factors associated with patient interest (or disinterest) in assistance. Projects could interview patients to explore why and in what cases patients might be interested in assistance.
  • Identifying social risk screening and assistance strategies that can increase patient interest in health care-based assistance. Under this topic, proposals should compare the impacts of different approaches to screening and assistance on patient uptake of assistance. For example, studies could compare different staffing models, workflows, scripts to introduce screening and assistance programs, or other program modifications that may increase uptake.

Grant Amounts and Time Periods

  • Research Topic 1: Total budget not to exceed $50,000/project; project period up to 12 months.
  • Research Topic 2: Total budget not to exceed $150,000/project; project period up to 24 months.

While applicants may apply under both categories, it is unlikely that two proposals from the same applicant team will be funded.

A total of $500,000 is available for this funding opportunity. The number of grants made will depend on the number of proposals and requested funds. Due to relatively limited funding levels, we encourage applications that leverage existing screening and assistance programs.

Application Process

Interested applicants are asked to signal their intent to apply through this form by September 16, 2019 at 5:00pm Pacific Time (PT). This indication of intent is non-binding and will be used to plan the review process. Full proposals are due by September 30, 2019 at 5:00pm PT.

Decisions on full proposals are expected to be made by November 15, 2019 and projects should begin no later than January 1, 2020.


Please review the full CFP and the Frequently Asked Questions (last updated 8/30/2019). If you have additional questions, please contact us at

Technical Assistance and Researcher Matching

For interested organizations with specific study design questions, SIREN will provide one hour of telephone consultation prior to application submission to discuss proposed research projects. We also may be able to help identify research partners for those interested in submitting a proposal but lacking research capacity. Please email us at by August 30 if you are interested in consultation or researcher matching. Note that receipt of technical consultation will not confer any advantage during the proposal review process.