UConn Graduate Students

What is InCHIP

InCHIP is an interdisciplinary research institute focused on fostering collaborative and innovative research in the areas of health and health behavior. InCHIP researchers have conducted projects across a wide array of public health issues, including nutrition and obesity, cancer, substance use, medication adherence, and HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment.

Any graduate student at UConn with an interest in health or health behavior research can apply to become an InCHIP Affiliate (the InCHIP Affiliate Application can be found here). As an InCHIP Affiliate, you will have access to a wide variety of groups, events, and funding opportunities, including Research Interest Groups (RIGs), grant writing workshops, and annual seed grant competitions. More information about these services can be found below.

InCHIP Services for UConn Graduate Students

Network with Leading Researchers

InCHIP offers many opportunities for graduate students to connect with health and health behavior researchers from across the UConn community, and provides support for building successful research portfolios. InCHIP hosts five Research Interest Groups (RIGs) in obesity, cancer, digital health, interprofessional healthcare, and HIV/AIDS, as well as the Collaboratory on School and Child Health (CSCH). These six groups provide a forum for researchers from across UConn and the community to identify research priorities in each health area and develop cross-disciplinary grant proposals and research projects to address those priorities. UConn faculty members often use these groups as a way to connect with graduate students and recruit student collaborators.

Apply for Seed Grant Opportunities

InCHIP annually offers seed grants to InCHIP Graduate Student Affiliates at UConn. These grants provide funds to support new research initiatives and pilot work in the areas of health and health behavior, and offer an excellent opportunity for students to gain experience writing grant proposals and conducting independent, innovative research. Seed grant opportunities for graduate students are usually posted early in the fall semester, so please check the website in August or September for the latest information.

Participate in Professional Development Workshops

The InCHIP Training and Development Core and Community-Engaged Health Research Core regularly offer workshops to help UConn faculty members and graduate students write successful grant proposals and productively interact with leaders at community-based health organizations. Past workshops have offered trainings on writing Specific Aims sections, Budgets, and Biosketches for grant proposals, and building the skills required to interact with members of the community across cultures in a research setting. All the InCHIP Workshops are presented by experienced, well-funded UConn faculty members and leaders from community-based organizations across Connecticut.

Attend InCHIP Lectures and Events

InCHIP provides many opportunities for graduate students to learn about and discuss the latest developments and cutting-edge findings in health and health behavior research with leaders in the field. Every year, the InCHIP Lecture Series hosts some of the leading investigators in health and health behavior research from around the world. The Lecture Series includes presentations open to the entire UConn community, along with small workshops and discussion sessions where UConn faculty and students can establish connections with these innovative researchers.

Upcoming Lectures and Events:

  • 10/2InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp
  • 10/12InCHIP Lecture Series: Lisa Butler
  • 10/16InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp
  • 10/26InCHIP Lecture Series: Rosalie Corona
  • 10/30InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp
  • 11/2InCHIP Lecture Series: William George
  • 11/16InCHIP Lecture Series: Sara Bleich
  • 12/4InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp
  • 1/25InCHIP Lecture Series: Lisa Eaton
  • 1/29InCHIP Grant Writing Boot Camp


For more information about the events and services provided by InCHIP, please visit the webpages for the four InCHIP Cores here: