Seed Grant Funding


*Applications for 2020 are closed *


The Innovations in Positive Health pilot grant fund supports pioneering research at early stages of development that focuses on positive health science or communication and translation sciences related to positive health science. Awards are granted for amounts between $5,000 and $20,000 to cover research-related expenses. Applications for 2020 grant funding are due on February 14, 2020 and can be found here.

This is a competitive grant program. It is open to all Harvard University faculty, research scientists, and post-doctoral research scholars. Students are not eligible to apply for these funds. Projects are prioritized for funding when they: 1) integrate the theories, questions, and
methods of two or more disciplines; 2) involve high payoff in terms of opening new areas of inquiry or provide crucial preliminary data for preparing larger grant proposals; or 3) explicitly connect faculty and scholars across departments and schools.

The Lee Kum Sheung Center for Health and Happiness is pleased to announce the winners of its first annual Innovations in Positive Health grant. This year’s search yielded three winning proposals, each demonstrating potential to open new areas of inquiry or to connect scholarship from across disciplines.

  • Developing an Adaptive Text Message Intervention to Promote Health Behavior Adherence in Type 2 Diabetes: Drs. Christopher M. Celano (MGH, HMS), Jeff C. Huffman (MGH, HMS), and Susan Murphy (Radcliffe Institute)
    • Lack of adherence to physical activity, healthy diet, and self-care is a concern among patients with type 2 diabetes. This project aims to develop machine-learning-based text messages as a means of behavioral intervention.
  • Development and Validation of a Measure of Work-Related Well-being in the U.S. Workforce: Drs. Susan E. Peters, Gregory R. Wagner, and Glorian Sorensen (Harvard Chan)
    • Using three sets of worker data, this research aims to refine the definition of work-related well-being, developing a concise but comprehensive self-report measure that is suitable for diverse working populations.
  • A Comparative Analysis of Resilient Phenotypes Among Bereaved Youth: Drs. Christy A. Denckla (Harvard Chan), Karestan C. Koenen (Harvard Chan), Henning Tiemeier (Harvard Chan), Ananda Amstadter (Virginia Commonwealth University), and Katie McLaughlin (Harvard University)
    • Some bereaved youth are at lower risk for adverse mental health effects. This research will address knowledge gaps in the concept of resilience while identifying factors that promote positive health outcomes among bereaved youth.