Funders and Partners

Current Funding

The UW Tobacco Studies Program (UW TSP) is currently funded by the UW Department of Health Services, in the School of Public Health (SPH), and a renewing gift from the James and Gayle Halperin Foundation for Health Education (since July 2012).

Funding History

The UW TSP was established in 2002, within the UW School of Public Health, with funding from the American Legacy Foundation (Legacy). UW SPH received a three year curriculum development grant (6/02-5/05) and a two year pre-doctoral scholarship grant (6/03-5/05) as part of the Scholarship, Teaching, and Education Program for Tobacco Use Prevention (STEP UP) grant initiative. STEP UP was developed by Legacy in conjunction with the Association of Schools of Public Health (ASPH) in order to accomplish three main goals: 1) to increase the number of graduate students and faculty in public health who specialize in tobacco studies and research; 2) to better integrate tobacco-related issues into graduate public health education; and 3) to build capacity and a stronger infrastructure for tobacco-related education in schools of public health while supporting more productive academic/practice linkages on tobacco issues through projects with communities of interest.

Following the STEP UP grant initiative, the UW TSP received funding from the Washington State Department of Health Tobacco Prevention and Control Program (DOH TPCP) from July 1, 2005 to June 30, 2007. Objectives during this grant cycle were to continue building an academic program that increases awareness and knowledge of the impact of tobacco on public health, and provide mentorship, training, and financial support to students who wish to develop careers in the field of tobacco control research or practice. The WA DOH TPCP funded the UW TSP, including the Tobacco Studies Scholarship Program and two courses: Tobacco & Public Health (HSERV 558) and a new Seminar on Tobacco-related Health Disparities (HSERV 556), from Fall 2007-Spring 2008, with additional support from the PHSKC Tobacco Prevention Program. From 2008-2012, the program was supported by an unrestricted grant from Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning & Change.

Further background and accomplishments of the UW TSP, its partners, and participants can be found in:

Savage, S.E. & Halperin, A.C. (2006). Building an academic tobacco control program while forging links with practice: the University of Washington Tobacco Studies Program. Public Health Reports, 121, 529-537.


The following local, private and governmental organizations, in alphabetical order, have provided funding for UW TSP and/or collaborated with the program to provide student internships, speaker support, and/or publicity for the program.