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Games Gateway: on THERE.com and Robert Wood Johnson Call for Proposals

From: limor s.
Sent on: Friday, January 16, 2009 5:29 AM
Hi everyone,

Yesterday's session was really fantastic. We had a great V and RL discussion with the creators of University of THERE on THERE.com. It was fascinating to learn what impact the virtual space is having on peoples lives, and how sometimes it also does not work (usually from lack of use). And all the tech worked seamlessly.

Thanks Carl for organizing. Ellen and Doug of SAIC for hosting. And Frank, Celia and Sheri of THERE.com of hosting us at UOT.

We will try to get an audio taping of the session out to all of you.

More to come in virtual world explorations and if you have ideas about it and want to put a session together on it, please do!



Also in the news: RWJ Announces Call for Proposals

Health Games Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio, is proud to announce its 2009 Call for Proposals, issued January 15, 2009. Researchers from a wide variety of fields and experience levels are invited to propose studies to investigate game design principles that can be used to enhance the quality of future digital interactive health games and strengthen their impact on players' health behaviors and outcomes.

Applicants are encouraged to submit groundbreaking research ideas that will test behavioral health theories and other relevant theories of game design, learning, attitude change, and skill development when applied to digital interactive games intended to improve players'
physical activity and/or self-care. Applicants must be U.S.-based non- profit organizations such as universities, medical centers, government agencies or other entities that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are not private foundations as defined under Section 509(a).

During this round of funding, up to 15 research grants will be awarded, each totaling between $100,000 and $300,000. In all, Health Games Research will issue up to $2 million in grants this year. The grant period for each award will be one to two years.

Proposals will be due on April 8, 2009.

The full Call for Proposals is available at www.healthgamesresearch.org or you can call[masked] to request a paper copy.

Good luck all!
Limor

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