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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Health Games Research is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Pioneer Portfolio, which supports innovative ideas and projects that may lead to significant breakthroughs in health and health care. Projects in the Pioneer Portfolio are future-oriented and look beyond conventional thinking to explore solutions at the cutting edge of health and health care.
Games for Health Project
In addition to funding Health Games Research, the Pioneer Portfolio has funded the Games for Health Project, which works to build the field by holding conferences, managing an online listserv, publishing reports, and consulting with health organizations and game publishers to help design health games. Directed by Ben Sawyer, whose game development and consulting firm Digitalmill has been a leader in the field of serious games, the Games for Health Project brings together medical professionals, game developers, and researchers to share information and find innovative ways to collaborate.
Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research
Health Games Research is located in UC Santa Barbara’s Institute for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Research (ISBER), which brings together university researchers from many academic disciplines in order to span the boundaries between the social and behavioral sciences, the humanities, and the physical and biological sciences. Home to more than 130 investigators and 14 research centers, ISBER supports the interdisciplinary research for which UC Santa Barbara is well known and highly regarded.
UC Santa Barbara
The University of California, Santa Barbara, where Health Games Research is located, is one of 10 universities in the University of California system, and is one of only 62 research-intensive institutions elected to membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. The distinguished 1,128-member faculty includes five Nobel Prize winners and scores of elected members or fellows of elite national academies and associations. The campus is also home to 11 national centers and institutes, eight of them sponsored by the National Science Foundation. U.S. News and World Report's guide, "America's Best Colleges," ranks UC Santa Barbara number 11 among all public universities in the nation.