What elements should a successful LOI include?

Successful LOIs adhere to the template in the application system, My.RWJF.org, to address three major questions:

  • Rationale - Describe the intervention being evaluated and why the research (not the issue) is important. (Less than 1/2 page)
  • Research approach and activities - What are the specific research question(s) or hypotheses that will be examined and how will this be accomplished? Specify the health outcome(s) and any other primary or secondary outcomes being measured. (>1 pg)
  • Research Team - Describe any unique partnerships or characteristics of the research team. (3-4 sentences)

LOIs should focus primarily on outlining the research approach, describing the rigor of the design, and demonstrating the importance and actionability of the outcomes. Only applicants who present clear, compelling, and innovative connections between their proposed research and creating a national Culture of Health will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Additional information and example LOI sections are included in our Annotated Letter of Intent Excerpts document, as part of our Applicant Resources.