InCHIP is charged by the University with helping to develop and further the research enterprise in the areas of health behavior, health behavior change, health intervention, and prevention at UConn, and with contributing broadly to these fields of inquiry. InCHIP accomplishes these ends, in part, by supporting InCHIP affiliate researchers in their work in these domains.
Why become an InCHIP Affiliate?
InCHIP provides many types of support to its affiliates. These vary for faculty/advanced degree research affiliates and graduate student affiliates, and also among faculty/advanced degree research affiliates, depending upon whether they are InCHIP Principal Investigators.
The types of support you are able to access as an InCHIP affiliate depends on your association with the university. If you select your status below, you’ll be able to see the types of services available to you as an InCHIP affiliate:
Developing Research Ideas
InCHIP organizes many opportunities to learn about and discuss the latest findings in health and health behavior research with 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.
The InCHIP Boundary Spanners can conduct targeted funding searches across all federal agencies and national foundations. Additionally, new funding opportunities are regularly posted on the InCHIP website via the External Funding Opportunities Database and are searchable by health domain.
The InCHIP Training and Development Core can connect junior UConn researchers with senior faculty members, who can mentor them and provide them with the guidance necessary to build and expand their research programs and successfully apply for external funding.
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 cutting-edge researchers.
Creating Successful Collaborations
One of the core components of InCHIP’s mission is to foster research collaborations that bridge disciplinary and departmental silos. To this end, InCHIP provides many services to help researchers find collaborators and jump-start team science projects.
The InCHIP Boundary Spanners offer dedicated support to find collaborators for a specific research project, arrange initial meetings, and facilitate cross-disciplinary communication.
The Intervention Core acts as a nexus where health researchers can connect with behavioral intervention experts, who can help them design, implement, evaluate and disseminate innovative behavioral interventions.
The Community-Engaged Health Research Core facilitates connections between UConn researchers and community leaders working to improve public health across the Hartford area and the state of Connecticut. The Core provides opportunities for UConn researchers to meet with leaders from community organizations interested in collaborating on health-related research, and it offers training and support to UConn researchers regarding the best practices in community-engaged research.
InCHIP provides resources to facilitate the formation of successful, well-functioning research teams. Leveraging the latest findings in the Science of Team Science, InCHIP staff help UConn researchers develop cross-disciplinary research teams that are able to address the challenges associated with researchers from different disciplines working together.
Writing a Successful Proposal
The InCHIP Training and Development Core provides training and support to help UConn faculty members write successful grant proposals. By leveraging InCHIP’s extensive network of well-funded, experienced faculty, InCHIP provides personalized support to faculty members at every stage of the grant writing process.
The InCHIP Grant Proposal Incubator offers individual reviews of research ideas, sections of grant proposals, and entire grant proposal drafts. InCHIP works with faculty from across UConn to find reviewers with the required expertise to assess the specific proposal, and arranges for the reviewers to provide feedback.
InCHIP hosts workshops and trainings on each aspect of the grant proposal process, including writing the various sections of a grant proposal (e.g., specific aims, budget, biosketch).
InCHIP helps to connect junior UConn researchers with senior faculty members who are experienced grant writers. These senior faculty members provide mentorship to help junior faculty navigate the grant application process and develop their research ideas into strong proposals likely to be funded by external agencies.
Submitting and Managing Your Grants
The InCHIP Administrative Core provides a wide array of services to help UConn faculty submit their grant proposals and manage their awarded grant funds.
InCHIP’s pre-award services include assistance preparing a grant budget and submitting the proposal through the Sponsored Programs Office.
The InCHIP IT Group offers dedicated IT support to all investigators currently working on an InCHIP managed grant.
InCHIP’s post-award services include administrative support for purchasing and payroll. These services are provided by InCHIP staff members who have extensive experience managing complex domestic and international project budgets.
InCHIP provides meeting space and fully equipped interview rooms to UConn-based InCHIP Affiliates conducting health-related research. Long-term research and office space can also be made available to researchers with grants being managed by InCHIP.
InCHIP annually hosts several seed grant competitions, providing the resources needed to stimulate innovative research likely to lead to significant external funding. Seed grant opportunities are usually announced shortly after the start of the fall semester.
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.
- Talk to a Boundary Spanner about finding collaborators at UConn
- Join the InCHIP Listserv
- Join a Research Interest Group:
- Attend an Event at InCHIP:
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