Grants, Awards & Funding Opportunities

Edward Tronick received the NIH grant: The Electrophysiological Indices of Infants’ Memory for a Social Stressor, NICHD.

Rima Rudd, who holds a position as Visiting Senior Scholar in health literacy at the University of Maryland’s Herschel S. Horowitz Center for Health Literacy, was honored with the announcement this summer of the first Rima E. Rudd Emerging Health Literacy Scholar Award to support doctoral dissertation research at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.

Tuula Oksanen received the 2011 American College of Epidemiology Annals of Epidemiology Award for the best paper published in Annals of Epidemiology in 2010. The paper was “Self-report as an indicator of incident disease”. More information is available at

Sari Reisner was awarded a 5-year R01 through NIMH as a Co-Investigator. PIs: Matthew Mimiaga, ScD, MPH (a graduate of the SHDH program at HSPH); Robert Garafalo, MD. NIMH Grant Title: HIV Prevention Intervention for Young Transgender Women. The purpose of this multisite study (Boston and Chicago) is to test the efficacy of a uniquely targeted HIV risk reduction intervention for young transgender women (YTW), ages 16 to 24, at risk for HIV acquisition or transmission. Fenway Press about the R01 click here.

New Dissertation Award. For the academic year 2011-12, the new TransTiPED Dissertation Award in Eating Disorders Prevention Research will be offered to two doctoral students enrolled at the Harvard School of Public Health. TransTiPED’s mission is to provide trainees with the mentorship, skills, and expertise required to take on the challenge of eating disorders prevention from a public health perspective. Doctoral students who have passed their oral exam and whose dissertation research is focused on a topic related to eating disorders prevention are eligible to apply. Applications are due 9/30. For more information, contact TransTiPED director S. Bryn Austin at:

Viswanath Lab announces 2011 PLANET MassCONECT Institute for Community Health Program Planning (iCHPP) Grantees. Six community-based organizations in Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester, Massachusetts have been named as recipients of the 2011 PLANET MassCONECT iCHPP Planning Grants: 1) MA Asian AIDS Prevention Project – Boston; 2) Community Servings – Boston; 3) Greater Lawrence Family Health Center – Lawrence; 4) Lawrence General Hospital – Lawrence; 5) Boys and Girls Club of Worcester – Worcester; and 6) Centro Las Americas – Worcester. The proposals submitted from the organizations listed above demonstrated a deep understanding of the PLANET MassCONECT iCHPP stepped approach to program planning. The approach includes reviewing data, finding partners, exploring approaches, choosing and adapting a program and evaluating a program. The organizations will receive $2,500 each to support program planning efforts, and will be eligible to compete for implementation grants in the amount of $7,500. The health topics addressed by the organizations include diabetes, obesity, and mental health. PLANET MassCONECT is a community-based participatory research project funded by the National Cancer Institute that partners the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Harvard School of Public Health, and three community coalitions in Boston, Lawrence, and Worcester, to help community-based organizations plan and implement evidence-based health programs. For more information, visit

David Williams received the 2011 Leo G Reeder Award at the August 2011 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The Reeder award, given for distinguished contribution to Medical Sociology is the highest award given by the Medical Sociology Section of the ASA. Professor Williams is the first non-white sociologist to receive this award. His Reeder award lecture will be published as the lead article in a forthcoming issue of the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Grant Submission Procedures. Please keep in mind if you are planning on submitting a grant through SHDH to contact Christopher Potter and cc: Armand Inezian All new submissions must be handled through Christopher Potter, SHDH Grant Manger, and he needs at least a 30 days notice prior to the due date. He will work with you to complete this task. He also needs time to submit the grant to the our SPA Office for their review too, and they require 10 business days prior to the submission date.