August 29, 2017

Health Communication Research Grant Program seeks applications

The Center for Effective Health Communication (CEHC) supports health communication research, education, and practice to improve patients’ knowledge, self-management and health outcomes. Health Communication is a broad field that includes health literacy, numeracy, risk communication, medical decision making, patient centered communication, cross-cultural communication and other related areas. 

The CEHC Health Communication Research Grant Program will support the development, implementation and evaluation of research projects or training activities that involve health communication. The goal of these pilot grants is to foster additional health communication research at VUMC that will ultimately benefit patient management and outcomes.

This program will support up to two research projects with up to $7,500 each. The guidelines here describe the application process and eligibility criteria.



Health Communication Research Grants are intended to support discrete research projects that can be completed in a six month timeframe. These grants are not intended to supplement already funded research projects, unless it is to add a new element related to health communication.

Examples of suitable topics:

·         Pilot testing the effect of a health communication intervention on patient outcomes

·         Qualitative study on patient/family medical decision making

·         Secondary data analysis to determine the effect of health literacy and/or numeracy on outcomes

·         Evaluation of a health professional communication skills training program

·         Survey of patients/families with limited English proficiency to determine unmet healthcare needs

·         Obtaining preliminary research data for an extramural grant application is encouraged

Funding up to $7,500 may be used for research staff, subject compensation, production of materials or consulting services from a VUMC core. Travel to present findings at a relevant conference is allowed, with a limit of $1,200. Faculty effort is not an allowable expense. Funded projects must be completed within 6 months of award.

All faculty, staff and students at VUMC are eligible to apply. Trainees may apply to serve as the principal investigator, but must have a faculty mentor from VUMC who is actively involved with the project.

The submission deadline is midnight CST Aug. 31.

 Review criteria will include significance of the research topic, scientific rigor of the approach, innovation, and potential impact of the project. Award decisions will be made by a review committee and announcements will be sent to the awardees.