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UCR Healthy Campus Initiative Project Grants

Project Grants

The UCR Healthy Campus Initiative (HCI) is taking an integrated and comprehensive approach to elevate health and well-being at UCR. The initiative invests in improving the health and quality of life of our UCR campus community. Making the healthy choice the easy choice requires changing the surrounding environment and culture to support and sustain positive behavior change.

Vision: To be the model healthy campus, inspiring and infusing health and well-being into all of its facets.

Mission: To create a healthy campus culture and environment through collaboration with campus and community partners on policies, programs, services and initiatives that address all dimensions of wellness along with innovative engagement strategies, making UCR a university of choice.

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UCR HCI is providing an opportunity for the UCR campus community to contribute and support projects related to HCI. The HCI seeks to fund creative, high quality, replicable and sustainable projects that make UCR a healthier campus community. UCR’s HCI’s priorities include:

  • Healthy Eating/Nutrition
  • Physical Activity
  • Mental HealthProject Gr
  • Built Environment
  • Substance Use and Addiction
  • Preventive Health
  • Communications/Marketing
  • Metrics/Quality Improvement

Project grants must be in one of the areas listed above or can span multiple areas.

UCR HCI will be awarding up to 10 grants in the amount range of $500 - $1,500.


  • All UCR faculty, staff and students are eligible to submit a grant application.
  • Applications: Please check back for the next application submission period.
  • Only one project grant per applicant will be awarded.


To be considered for HCI funding:

  • Projects must support one of the above HCI priority areas and contribute to a healthy campus environment.
  • Projects must have clearly defined and realistic goals, methodology (who, what, how, when, why) and measurable outcomes.
  • Project must have potential to reach a large audience/wide impact.
  • Projects must demonstrate ability to drive and facilitate culture change, behavior change and/or environmental support.
  •  Projects must be submitted and carried out by UCR faculty and staff. UCR faculty must involve UCR students in the project to enhance their learning experience and exposure to HCI. UCR student applicants must have a faculty mentor to oversee project scope.

Project Grant funds must be used for healthy campus initiatives such as:
  • Health awareness initiatives, health education or health promotion events;
  • Efforts to maximize engagement, including mechanisms to encourage participation in healthy lifestyles;
  • Initiatives to change unhealthy behaviors and promote positive lifestyle choices
  • Supportive environment and culture change efforts
  • Community and public health research

Additional Criteria:

  • Funds may be for a one-time event, an ongoing event, or for purchasing equipment or material for healthy campus initiatives.
  • Funds may be for a pilot research project, including research material, supplies, services, and student research assistance. Funds cannot be used to cover faculty or staff salary, food and beverages, or cash awards.
  •  All projects must be completed within 1 year.

Grant Recipients

UCR Healthy Campus Initiative Welcomes 2018 Project Grant Recipients

Project Grants recipients

Grant recipients joined by mentors and leadership at the February 5th orientation.

11 participants will conduct research, implement projects, and develop resources to promote health and well-being at UCR. For more information, read the article in Inside UCR.

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Project Description

Empowerment Coloring Books & Zine

 Lisa Chu  

This project will offer a modality of healing through coloring and art expression and allows CARE to provide a new Art as Healing component into our Empowerment & Healing Series.

The Healthy Brains Initiative

Asra Irfan Dr. Paul Kaloostian

Our project proposes to make podcasts about various mental health topics such as stress, depression and common mental health issues on our campus to increase awareness about mental health related issues and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

College Men’s Conceptualization, Communication, and Interpretation of Sexual Consent

Logan Marg Dr. Tanya Nieri

The goal of this project is to examine how a racially/ethnically diverse sample of heterosexual college men conceptualize, communicate, and interpret sexual consent.

Standing by: Faculty as potential agents of health promotion

Dr. Tanya Nieri  

This study aims to assess whether faculty stand by, doing nothing or whether they are standing by, ready to help. It will gather information on the state of faculty in terms of their position, readiness, and willingness to participate in health promotion to foster a healthy campus climate and community.

Bridging the gap between food, health and science

Deborah Pagliaccia


Main goals of the project are to gather comprehensive information on: 1) The signature crops and research groups present at UCR working on the development of SUSTAINABLE agricultural science and associated technologies; 2) What fresh produce is available to be harvested from our experimental plots that can be donated to the R’Pantry initiative at UCR or used for educational purposes to teach faculty, staff and students about UCR’s food-related research, healthy eating and sustainability. 

Kindness Online and In-Person: More Than Skin Deep 

 Julia Revord

 Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky

The overall purpose of this research is to conduct an experimental prosocial (“acts of kindness”) intervention with first-year students at UCR, which is specifically designed to increase well-being, especially focusing on emotional outcomes such as feelings of belongingness, competence, and autonomy, overall positive emotions, and decreased negative emotions.

#puppylove: A feasibility study for an on-site, year-round animal therapy program for the UCR campus community 

 Patricia Smith-Hunt


This project proposes to examine the feasibility of implementing an on-site, year-round therapy dog service for the broader UCR campus community as another means of expanding the healthy campus initiative to include faculty, staff and students. 

Positive Activities and Health

Robert Wright 

Dr. Megan Robbins

The overall goal of this project is to improve the quality of life for those who are suffering from pain. 

Scotty’s C-Store Healthy Choice Promotion

 Kishore Athreya


In order to make the healthy choice the easy choice this project will highlight those options in the C-Stores that meet the Seeds of Change criteria. This project will enhance this campaign by focusing on the food in the C-Store and highlighting different options each week that meet the Seeds of Change criteria.   

Identifying Accommodation and Support Services Gaps for Students with Invisible Disabilities at UCR 

Michaela Kathleen Curran 

Dr. Tanya Nieri 

This project aims to identify gaps in institutional accommodations and social support services for students with invisible (i.e., learning, attention, psychiatric or chronic health conditions) disabilities. 

An App-Based Mindfulness Intervention to Reduce Stress in UC Staff 

Kate Sweeny



The goal of the proposed study is to test the effectiveness of brief, daily mindfulness meditation for reducing stress and improving markers of mental and physical health. 

To print and post the list of grant recipients, please click here.

Notification of Funded Projects

All applications submitted will be reviewed by the Healthy Campus Initiative Project Grant Review Committee. Notification of funding will be provided by email to the primary contact on the application approximately 2-3 weeks after submission of the application. Please check back for information on the next grant cycle.

Funding Process for Accepted Applications
  • Applicants whose applications are approved for funding will receive the Healthy Campus Initiative commitment for funds and authorization to spend up to the amount specified.
  • Funds will be transferred to the department designated by the applicant to administer the project funding. Funds for student projects will be sent to the designated faculty mentor or organization advisor.
  • Funds for research projects will be dispersed after UCR IRB approval.
  • Unspent funds will be pulled back at the end of the project period.
Conditions for Funding
  • The UCR HCI logo must be included on all marketing and publicity materials (flyers, posters, etc.), communications, and the UCR HCI must be verbally acknowledged at any campus events.
  • A final report is required at the conclusion of the project or funding period. This report must include the project description, implementation, outcomes, participation, successes, budget expenditure report, and project sustainability plans.
  • Photos of the project in action or event(s), etc.
  • Complete a post project evaluation survey to provide feedback on the program.
Application Instructions
  • Answer each question completely and provide a detailed budget.
    (Please note that we will not fund food or beverages, cash awards, or any salaries)
  • Submit your application to
  • Grant Application
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More Information 

General Campus Information

University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Program Information

Julie Chobdee, MPH
Wellness Program Coordinator
Human Resources

1201 University Ave., Suite 208
Riverside, CA 92507

Tel: (951) 827-1488
Fax: (951) 827-2672

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