To help build the field, the Center for Digital Games Research provides information about resources related to the research and design of digital media and games. Research resources appear on this page and hundreds of resources focusing on health games are listed in our Health Games Database.

Research Resources

Research Funding

  • The Foundation Center has the most comprehensive database of information about private foundations and philanthropy in the United States and, increasingly, also outside the United States. They provide names of foundations, tools for locating prospective funders, strategies for writing successful proposals, and news and research about the philanthropy field. They publish Philanthropy News Digest, a weekly listing of current RFPs and funding opportunities offered by foundations and other grant-making organizations.
  • provides an extensive listing of grant opportunities and it helps researchers find and apply for federally-funded grants.
  • NIH Guide for Grants and Contracts contains NIH funding opportunities, medical and behavioral research grant policies, and guidelines.
  • NIH RePORTER is a searchable online database containing information about previous and current NIH-funded projects.
  • GrantsNet from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services includes information about their grant opportunities and about other federal grant programs, tips for preparing a grant proposal, and many related resources.

Game Databases

  • BrainPOP provides links to online educational games.
  • Common Sense Media offers reviews of children’s apps, games, and web sites for learning.
  • Games & Simulation for Healthcare is a library and database of games and simulations that may be of interest to clinicians, researchers, and educators in the healthcare community. The University of Wisconsin gathered and organized this list.
  • Games for Change provides an online searchable list of 125 social impact games.
  • Games that provoke a change in the player or the world is a list of games that have the potential to be impactful. The games were selected by the Center for Games and Impact at Arizona State University and the site includes guides for parents, students, and teachers to help them use each game to enhance learning.
  • Games with Purpose was created to showcase the best games that do more than just entertain. The site features a growing selection of learning, serious, news, social impact, and meaningful games.
  • Health Games Database is an online searchable database that lists hundreds of health games and related publications, resources, organizations, and events. The database was created by the Health Games Research national program (2007-2013) at UC Santa Barbara and it continues to be updated by the same team, who now lead the university’s Center for Digital Games Research.
  • Playforce is a community organized by the Institute of Play and built for and by players, parents, and educators to discover and share learning experiences in games.
  • Playful Learning is an online portal that the Learning Games Network designed to help teachers explore, discover, and use games for learning. It provides a list of learning games and ideas for innovating through the use of games in education.
  • ScienceGameCenter enables the user to find science games and also see what scientists, teachers, and students think of them.
  • Serious Games Directory lists serious Games for health, learning, business, military/government, and social good.


Research Methods and Measures

  • Measures & Surveys to Download, a list of downloadable research measures and survey instruments related to physical activity, diet, and quality of life research, compiled by Jim Sallis, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology at San Diego State University


  • HopeLab
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • SAGE Publishing
  • UNICEF Kid Power