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Important Notice on Proposal Submission Policy

OVPR Policy and InCHIP Pre-Award Services

InCHIP is committed to helping its affiliates successfully navigate the steps involved in submitting an extramural grant application.

InCHIP’s Grants Management Team’s primary services are to provide input, advice, and review of the following components of the grant proposal:

  • Internal administrative and funder-based forms such as the Internal Proposal Routing form, subcontract forms, and letters of intent.
  • Grant application components including the budget, budget justification, and biographical sketch.

InCHIP’s Grants Management Team will compile, review, revise, and submit proposals and forms on behalf of investigators to UConn’s Sponsored Program Services.

InCHIP’s Grant Management Team takes care of the administrative details of a grant application. That way, investigators can focus on science and have time to write and develop the meat of their proposals.”

Getting Started:

Investigators ready to submit a grant through InCHIP’s Grant Management Services must first submit a brief pre-award services form.

Pre-Award Services Form

OVPR Submission Policy

Beginning May 5, 2021, the Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) will start enforcing its deadline policy to submit external grant applications. For more information on this policy and its rationale, click here.

To meet these OVPR deadlines for new external grant submissions, we have updated the InCHIP timeline for PIs to make pre-award services requests, effective immediately.

InCHIP Pre-Award Services Form Submission Deadlines:

Type of Proposal

Deadline for Pre-Award Services Form

Proposals without subawards 10 Business Days before Sponsor Deadline
Proposals with subawards* 25 Business Days before Sponsor Deadline
Subaward proposals 10 Business Days before Sponsor Deadline
Resubmission proposals InCHIP Pre-Award Request form is not required. Please contact InCHIP as soon as you decide you are resubmitting your grant.

*Why do Proposals with Subawards need so much time? InCHIP’s Grants Management Team works with partnering organizations and institutions to prepare subaward paperwork and will ensure that everything is ready to go in time to meet the funder’s deadline. Often it takes a few weeks for partnering organizations and institutions to finalize all the documentation and submit subawards on their end.

If you can’t make these submission deadlines, please reach out as soon as possible to:

Grant Submission Timeline

  • 7 business days before the due date: PI sends draft of full application to InCHIP. Note: budget and supporting documents need to be in final form; science-related sections can be in draft form.
  • 5 business days before the due date by 9 am: InCHIP submits complete application on PI’s behalf to Sponsored Program Services.
  • 2 days before due date: Last date for PI/InCHIP to address any SPS requested formatting and guideline-related changes.
  • 12PM EST day before deadline: All science-related sections must be finalized and PI must give authorization for final submission by 11AM. InCHIP submits to SPS by 12PM EST.
  • 1-0 days before deadline: SPS submits application to sponsor.

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2020 Fisher Fellowship awarded to Matthew Sullivan

2020 Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship Awarded

Matthew Sullivan, MS
Matthew Sullivan, MS

We are happy to announce that Matthew Sullivan (Psychological Sciences) was awarded the Fisher Fellowship for his dissertation project titled “Stigma, coping, and HIV PrEP adherence and persistence in people with opioid use disorder in treatment: Patient and prescriber facilitators and barriers to HIV risk reduction”. Matt’s dissertation adviser is InCHIP Affiliate and faculty of Psychological Sciences, Dean Cruess. He completed four years as a T32 Training Fellow in the Social Processes of AIDS at InCHIP (funded by NIMH), working with fellowship mentors Seth Kalichman, PhD, and Lisa Eaton, PhD.The decision to award Matt the Fisher Fellowship was a unanimous decision among our faculty reviewers.

The Jeffrey D. Fisher Health Behavior Change Research Fellowship was created in 2019 to celebrate the career of Jeff Fisher, the founding Director of the Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). During Dr. Fisher’s tenure as Director, InCHIP grew from a small group of HIV researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences to a university-wide, interdisciplinary institute of faculty and graduate students focused on a broad array of health and health behavior research.

Congrats to Matt! And Good luck!

InCHIP Ideas Lab featured in Knowinnovation’s Blog

“Connecticut ranks 29th in population size in the U.S., but the state ranked 9th in opioid related deaths per capita in 2017, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Since then, overdose deaths nationwide have taken a slight dip, while Connecticut’s opioid-related death-rate has continued to climb.

“Opioid-related overdoses is a major public health challenge in the United States right now. It’s actually leading to a decrease in life expectancy,” says Amy Gorin, director of the University of Connecticut (UConn)’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP). “It’s a complex problem that needs some innovative solutions.””

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Funded InCHIP Rapid Response Proposals to Address COVID-19

Please note that this funding mechanism is now closed.

Funded Projects:

  • Keith Bellizzi (Human Development and Family Sciences). “Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic on the Management of Mental Health Conditions among UConn Undergraduate Students.”
  • Saraswathi Bellur (Communication), Rebecca Acabchuk (Psychological Sciences), and Emily Hennessy (Psychological Sciences). “Evaluating UConn Student Well-Being in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Stacey Brown and Toan Ha (Public Health Sciences). “Assessing the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Resulting Behavior Changes in Response to COVID-19 Among Connecticut Residents.”
  • Lisa Butler (InCHIP) and Phelgona Otieno (Kenya Medical Research Institute). “An Exploratory Study on the Effects of COVID-19 and Associated Social and Economic Changes on HIV-Affected Households in Western Kenya.”
  • Jeffrey Burke and Olivia Derella (Psychological Sciences). “Healthy Transmission of Coping During COVID-19: The Impact of Parents’ Emotional Characteristics on Caregiver and Child Pandemic Response.” In addition to InCHIP, this project is being funded by:
    APSSC Student Research Grant
    UConn Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship
    UConn Julian B. Rotter Fellowship
  • Sandra Chafouleas and Emily Iovino (Educational Psychology). “Understanding Stress and Personal Well-Being Among Primary Caregivers of Children Aged 6 to 18 During COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Xiang Chen (Geography), Debarchana Ghosh (Geography), and Marlene Schwartz (Human Development and Family Sciences / Rudd Center for Food Policy & Obesity). “Understanding the Impact of COVID-19 on Food Procurement Behavior and Food Activity Space.”
  • Amanda Denes (Communication) and Talea Cornelius (Columbia University Irving Medical Center). “Exploring the Effects of Social Isolation, Relational Quality, and Communication on Couples’ Physical, Mental, and Relational Health during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Stephanie Gernant (Pharmacy Practice). “How Has the Most Accessible Healthcare Professional Responded to Social Distancing?”
  • Damion Grasso (Psychiatry). “Examining the Impact of the Coronavirus Pandemic in a Low-Income, Trauma-Exposed Cohort of Women with a High Rate of Posttraumatic Stress During Pregnancy.”
  • Blair T. Johnson (Psychological Sciences) and Mary Bernstein (Sociology). “Gun Violence, the COVID-19 Pandemic, and Community Health.” In addition to InCHIP, this project is being funded by:
    2019 CLAS Interdisciplinary Pilot Grant Program (with Co-PI Kun Chen, Statistics)
    The Bennett Fund for Innovative Education in Health and Society
  • Kenneth Lachlan and Stephen Stifano (Communication). “Examining Attributions of Blame Associated with the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Eva Lefkowitz (Human Development and Family Sciences). “LGBTQ+ College Students’ Living Arrangements and Well-Being during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Kevin Manning and David Steffens (Psychiatry). “Change in Older Adults’ Depression, Anxiety, and Social Support in Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Carla Rash (Medicine; Calhoun Cardiology Center) and Jeremiah Weinstock (Saint Louis University: Psychology). “Changes in Gambling Behavior Due to COVID-19.”
  • Beth Russell (Human Development and Family Sciences), Crystal Park (Psychological Sciences), and Michael Fendrich (School of Social Work). “Evaluating the Impact of COVID-19 on Young Adults’ Stress, Coping, and Substance Use Behavior.”
  • Natalie Shook (Nursing). “Predictors and Consequences of Preventative Health Behaviors during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Sara Stifano, Katrina Webber, Shardé Davis, and Stephen Stifano (Communication). “Stayin’ Alive: Using the Health Belief Model to Understand Persons’ of Color Intentions to Wear Masks during the COVID-19 Pandemic.”
  • Howard Tennen (Public Health Sciences) and Marcella Boynton (UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine). “Development and Testing of Effective Message Elements to Encourage Social Distancing Behaviors.”
  • Sarah Willen (Anthropology), Abigail Fisher Williamson (Trinity College: Political Science and Public Policy & Law), and Katherine Mason (Brown University: Anthropology). “Pandemic Journaling in the Era of COVID-19: Launching a Collaborative Archive + Health Intervention.” In addition to InCHIP, this project is being funded by:
    Global Affairs
    School of Fine Arts
    School of Social Work
    Asian and Asian American Studies Institute
    Center for Judaic Studies and Contemporary Jewish Life
    Human Rights Institute
    Humanities Institute
    El Instituto
    Research Program on Global Health & Human Rights at HRI
    Department of Anthropology
    Department of History

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New Funding Opportunity: InCHIP Rapid Response Proposals to Address COVID-19


The Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP) invites research proposals that address the social and behavioral implications of Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19). With no current vaccine available, institutions and governments have addressed the spread of disease through other modes, namely by encouraging or enforcing behavioral prevention strategies such as increased hygiene and social distancing. In many cases, significant measures have been undertaken including state-wide school closures, telecommuting, and changes in restaurant/business operations. While essential to mitigating the spread of COVID-19, these measures — coupled with the anxiety and uncertainty created by the global pandemic — have massive implications for the physical, mental, social, and financial well-being of millions.

To better understand the broader impact of the COVID-19 pandemic as it unfolds, InCHIP plans to provide several research teams with rapid release funds to capture/analyze time-sensitive data.

Possible areas of study include, but are not limited to:

  • Hygiene, Behavior, and Transmission Prevention – How do cognitive, affective, and social-contextual factors influence individuals’ level of adherence to CDC/WHO and state recommendations and guidelines?
  • Social Media, Social Networks, and Mass Media – What has influenced the relative uptake of behavioral precautions such as social distancing? How has misinformation about the COVID-19 spread across social networks and what impact does it have on the spread of disease across various demographics? How can social media be used to increase the uptake of behavioral precautions and decrease misinformation?
  • Mental Health and Wellbeing – What is the impact of social distancing and quarantine on mental health and substance use? What are the mental health impacts of quarantine and the pandemic on specific populations (e.g. elderly people, children, college students)? What strategies can be used to reduce stress and anxiety associated with COVID-19 (e.g., among college students)?
  • Implications for Immunocompromised Populations – How has the pandemic uniquely impacted people living with HIV, heart or lung disease, or diabetes?
  • Social Support and Infrastructure – What are the ongoing implications of the pandemic to social support systems, public health infrastructure, and institutions that support individuals living with limited resources (examples: schools/universities, public libraries, Veterans Affairs, homeless shelters, food pantries)?

Research areas not currently funded through this mechanism:

  • Vaccine Development
  • Viral Pathogenesis
  • Natural History of COVID-19
  • Immunology or Virology

Award Amount:

InCHIP will fund multiple projects with budgets up to $5,000. This funding is intended for costs associated with time sensitive data collection and analysis. Awards of larger amounts will be considered with prior approval of InCHIP Director Amy Gorin (contact directly at Our focus at this time is on supporting the collection of data in the immediate future. Additional funds may become available if longitudinal data collection is justified or study aims need to be expanded over time.

COVID-19 Guidance for the UConn Research Community

For the most up-to-date information about research activities at the University of Connecticut, please visit this webpage through the OVPR.

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Tackling the Opioid Crisis with a Warmer Touch

In the event of an opioid overdose, quick action from first responders can mean the difference between life and death. But oftentimes, survivors need much more than that first response to recover.
UConn researchers are working with the Waterbury Police Department (PD) and the Waterbury Department of Public Health on an innovative program to tackle the opioid epidemic by connecting overdose survivors to behavioral health clinicians immediately after overdose.
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How to get a “K” Development Award? Twitter chat on 12/18/18 at 2PM EST

Interested in a “K” career development award? Then join us on Tuesday, December 18 at 2p ET for a Twitter chat covering everything you ever wanted to know and more about NIH Career Development “K” Awards. We will discuss how to decide whether an NIH K award is right for you, how to prepare one, common reviewer concerns, and advice on mentor teams and training plans. Guests will include current and former K awardees including Molly Waring (UConn), Charles Jonassaint (UPitt), Drs. Dani Arigo (Rowan University), and Matt Whited (East Carolina State University). The host will be Dr. Sherry Pagoto, UConn Professor of Allied Health Sciences and InCHIP investigator. She was recipient of a K23 from 2003-2008 and numerous NIH, CDC, and foundation grants, including an NIH K24 Midcareer Investigator Award. Please join us with your burning questions about K awards! The chat hashtag is #behavioralmedchat.

Co-sponsored by InCHIP and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.

If you are unfamiliar with Twitter chats, please check out Twitter Chat 101 here

12/3 InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research

InCHIP Webinar: Grow your Seed Grant Projects into Large Externally Funded Research


Drs. Sherry Pagoto and Molly Waring will lead a workshop on how to plan towards transforming pilot studies funded by internal seed grants into large externally funded research projects. This workshop is intended to inform your thinking as you write your InCHIP Seed Grant applications. It will be recorded and posted to YouTube.


December 3rd, 2018 from 11AM-12PM

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December Science Cafe: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.

Each month CICATS hosts a science cafe with the Kavli Foundation on a different scientific topic. Our science cafe series aims to bring science to members of the community in an engaging and informal way.
CICATS science Cafe LGBTQ+ Health
At this Science Cafe, Drs. Ryan Watson and Rebecca Puhl (Human Development and Family Studies and the Rudd Center) will share the preliminary findings from their 2017 LGBTQ Teen Survey — a national study that sampled more than 17,000 young people from every state in the US. The survey included over 150 items that assessed health (such as substance use, eating behaviors, self-esteem, etc), school experiences, disclosure of sexual and gender identity, and more. Drs. Watson and Puhl will be accompanied by an expert panel (Dr. Paul Poteat of Boston College, Dr. Micki McElya of UConn, and Robin McHaelen of True Colors) to discuss the implications of the findings as they pertain to the next steps in scholarship, goals for policy, and practical applications for parents, children, and teachers. The panel will discuss and reflect on the findings from this large national survey with the ultimate goal of contributing to engaged scholarship and providing a foundation for future action.

There will be plenty of time for audience questions and participation, as our Science Cafes are geared towards creating discussion with attendees. This event is FREE and open to everyone interested in the topic.

  • Topic: LGBTQ+ health, well-being, and experiences across the U.S.
  • When: Wednesday, December 5th, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Nathan Hale Inn, 855 Bolton Rd,Storrs, CT 06269
  • RSVP: Please use this link to RSVP for this science cafe.
  • For questions please contact

Letter from InCHIP’s Director

As we head into the Thanksgiving break, I wanted to share some highlights from my first few months as Director of InCHIP. It has certainly b een a busy semester in the Ryan Building. We have hosted four lectures as part of our annual series, kicked off a new Lunch and Learn program, finalized our seed grant offerings for the year, launched a NIH K Award Writing Group, continued building the capacity of our Community-Engaged Health Research Core and Training and Development Core, held our Annual Meeting, and much more.

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