Representative Nita Lowey

Representing the 17th District of New York

Lowey Announces $225,000 Federal Grant to Help Prevent Sexual Assault

September 14, 2017
Press Release

NYACK, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) today announced that Happy People Games, LLC of Nyack has been awarded a $225,000 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant through the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Happy People Games, LLC, in collaboration with university and community college students, will use the funding to research and develop a sexual assault prevention app.

“The federal funding announced today will support a critical initiative to address the urgent problem of sexual assault on college campuses,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “I am pleased that NIH is providing federal support to innovative New York businesses, and I will continue to advocate for more of these funds in Congress.”

“The NIH/NICHD is funding Happy People Games, LLC to research and develop a college-version app, “Make A Change,” said Sharon Wood, Manager and Co-Founder Happy People Games, LLC. “Our multidisciplinary team represents theoretically-grounded and well-supported models of health behavior change, games behavior theories and game design, and empirically-based individual-, peer-, and community-level risk and protective factors for sexual assault perpetration and victimization. We will research it throughout development and then post-development with University and Community College students. We are including community colleges as there are virtually no sexual assault prevention programs that have been developed or tested for community college students, a large, high-risk and under-resourced population. I appreciate Congresswoman Lowey’s support.”

The NIH SBIR program provides grants to early stage small businesses that are looking to research, develop, and commercialize innovative biomedical technologies.

Congresswoman Lowey has continuously fought to increase investments in medical research, and NIH funding has nearly tripled since she joined the House Appropriations Committee, where she serves as Ranking Member.