Funded Projects

LaunchPad Awards

Through a competitive request for proposals, the Healthy Communities Research Institute awards seed grants to promising research projects proposed by interdisciplinary teams across the Kent State University community. These grants are intended to support early research efforts in acquiring preliminary data upon which the team can build further research and propose more robust projects. Below you will find information on the projects awarded the HCRI seed grants. The RFP process typically begins in mid-April. If you are interested in seed grant opportunities, please get in touch with the HCRI Director so that you can be added to the HCRI listserv, where seed grant announcements will be posted. 

2024 LaunchPad Award Recipients

2022 LaunchPad Award Recipients

2021 - No LaunchPad awards due to Covid-19 

2020 LaunchPad Award Recipients 

2019 LaunchPad Award Recipients

2018 LaunchPad Award Recipients


Dissertation and Thesis Awards

(Please note: funding for this award is temporarily suspended for the 2024-2025 academic year. Please check back next year for updates about the Dissertation and Thesis Award)

The Healthy Communities Research Institute Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards recognize the highest level of graduate student scholarship at Kent State University. These awards highlight the original and innovative work of our master’s students and doctoral candidates researching community health.

2024 Funded Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Award Recipients

2023 Funded Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Award Recipients

2022 Funded Distinguished Dissertation and Thesis Awards Recipients 

2021 Funded Distinguished Dissertation Award Recipients


Small Grants

In conjunction with the other Kent State University Institutes, the Healthy Communities Research Institute offers pilot funding to faculty members. Research proposals can only be submitted to one institute through this funding mechanism. Small Grant recipients can be considered for supplemental funding from the University Research Council (URC). HCRI prioritizes funding high-quality research projects that address the mission of our institute.

2024 Small Grant Funded Projects

2023 Small Grant Funded Projects

2022 Small Grant Funded Projects