We are fortunate to have a number of grants and gifts awarded to us from nonprofit foundations and the US National Institutes of Health. These sponsors of our research, and details of projects we are involved in with them, are summarized here.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
For: Using Social Networks to Understand and Improve Health
This project explores the relationship between social networks and health in new ways. We assess network structure and health on a national scale, evaluate the utility of a novel “sensor network” approach to predicting epidemics, and investigate how the structure and function of online networks is relevant to health and behavior change.
Developing and Testing Open-Source Software for Mapping Real-Life social Networks
In this project, we develop new software tools that will significantly increase the accuracy of network data collection in the field while lowering its cost. We will develop software that is compatible with a variety of tablet platforms, and we will field test it in a new project that involves mapping the social networks of 80 villages (over 100,000 people) in rural Honduras.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
For: “Exploiting Social Influence in Networks to Magnify Population-Level MNCH Behavior Change
We will use a detailed understanding of social network structure and function to identify novel ways of targeting influential individuals so as to foster behavioral cascades and population-level behavior change. We will achieve this objective by conducting a randomized controlled trial of network targeting algorithms, to be deployed in a sample of 160 villages in Honduras, with maternal and neonatal care interventions.
NIH/National Institute on Aging (NIA)
Roybal Center for the Study of Social Networks and Well Being (one of Roybal Centers for Translational Research on Aging)
Our Roybal Center is focused on the recognition that complex social network structures play an important role in individual health. The two overarching goals of our work are (1) to ask significant questions about the role of social networks in producing specific outcomes related to health and well-being, and (2) to develop methods of answering such questions involving real social networks in which behavioral information relevant to health and wellbeing can be measured.
The Star Family Foundation
Another significant source of funding for our research, now completed, was a Program Project (P01) grant from the NIH/National Institute on Aging, “Networks and Neighborhoods” (2008-2014)