CHER Grant Program

CHER Grant Program

The Center for Health Communication launched the Communication for Health, Empathy, and Resilience (CHER) grant program in Fall 2017.

The goal of the program is to promote collaboration between Moody College of Communication and Dell Medical School faculty in their evidence-based health communication scholarship, education, and community involvement endeavors. Grants will be awarded to teams of faculty and students to conduct pilot projects investigating communication’s key role in promoting wellness, creating a culture of empathy among healthcare providers, and enabling people to resist and recover from illness or injury. 

2017 – 2018 CHER Grantees
CHER awarded approximately $20,000 in the inaugural 2017-18 grant cycle for three projects. The below articles provide an overview of the program and profiles our three inaugural grantees.

The CHER Grant: Supporting Research that Explores How Communication Impacts Health, Empathy, and Resilience

CHER Grantee Profile #1:  Lead Poisoning Prevention in Texas Communities Through the CHER Program

CHER Grantee Profile #2:  Studying the Effects of Empathetic Healthcare Through the CHER Program

CHER Grantee Profile #3:  CHER Awardee Tests the Role of Communication in Minority Women’s Enrollment in Clinical Trials


  • Mid-August, 2017: Initial cycle announcement circulated
  • September 14, 2017: Speed-networking event for prospective Moody and Dell applicants, Dell Med Board Room (HLB 5.201), 2:30-3:30pm
  • September 29, 2017: Deadline for Letters of Interest
  • October 13, 2017: Applicants notified, finalists invited to prepare full proposal and presentations
  • November 15, 2017: Finalist presentations, CMA 5.136 (LBJ Room)
  • December 1, 2017: Awards announced
  • January 1, 2018: Current cycle funding period starts (projects must have IRB approval before funds released)
  • June 1, 2018: Current cycle “mid-term” progress reports due to CHER grant program administrators
  • June 4-15, 2018: Grantee meetings with CHER panel to discuss progress and plans for continued funding post-grant period
  • December 31, 2018: Current cycle funding period ends and final reports due

Download the CHER Grant Program details document, including overview, eligibility, timeline, and letter of interest template.