Call for Proposals
Innovative Student Research Grant, $3,000 to support a doctoral dissertation in applied or applied/translational research
Innovative Student Research Grant, $3,000 to support a doctoral dissertation in basic or basic/translational research
Innovative Student Research Grant, $1,500 to support a master’s thesis in applied or applied/translational research
Innovative Student Research Grant, $1,500 to support a master’s thesis in basic or basic/translational research
Grant application deadline: February 12, 2021
The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) welcomes proposals for applied and basic research in behavior analysis. These grants are intended to facilitate promising student research projects in behavior analysis. Proposals must be written clearly and concisely, address a question that would be viewed as important outside the behavior analytic community, and be methodologically rigorous.
The ABAI Science Board administers the grant process, and the SABA Board of Directors chooses the grant recipients. The SABA Board consists of the Full members of the ABAI Executive Council plus the SABA secretary-treasurer. Grant recipients will be publicly recognized at the SABA Awards Ceremony at the opening event of ABAI's 2021 Annual Convention, and in Inside Behavior Analysis. Grant recipients will agree to submit progress reports to the SABA Board by April 1, 2022.
Grants may be distributed annually. The SABA Board reserves the right not to award any grant in a given year.
Note that projects that (1) are translational (practice-to-science and science-to-practice) and (2) incorporate collaboration with other disciplines will be reviewed favorably.
Applicants must provide evidence of their commitment to basic or applied research in behavior analysis.
Doctoral—Applicants must be enrolled or have been accepted in a doctoral program in a department of psychology, education, behavioral science, or an allied discipline in which there is a sufficient number of behaviorally oriented faculty members to supervise the proposed research. Additionally, applicants must have at least 2 full academic years remaining in the program after the grant application deadline.
Master’s—Applicants must be enrolled or have been accepted in a master’s program in a department of psychology, education, behavioral science, or an allied discipline in which there is a sufficient number of behaviorally oriented faculty members to supervise the proposed research. Additionally, applicants must have at least 1 full academic year remaining in the graduate program after the grant application deadline.
Note: Applicants may not apply for an Innovative Student Research Grant and a Bijou Grant in the same year.
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Applied research targets the improvement of socially significant behavior (e.g., smoking, language acquisition). It may include methods of assessment, treatment, training, promotion, or any combination of these objectives.
Basic research is designed to help us better understand basic behavioral processes. Basic research may not be bound by subject population and may include nonhumans, vulnerable populations, and convenience samples (college students). This research is distinguished from applied research in that the behavior studied is born out of convenience, and is of little to no direct or obvious social significance. The primary contribution of this work will be an improved understanding of mechanisms of behavior (behavioral and otherwise).
Translational research lies somewhere between applied and basic research. Translational research may address cross-species differences (or generality) of basic behavioral processes. That is, translational research may involve systematic replication (Sidman, 1960) and extension of basic research involving nonhuman subjects to the behavior of human subjects. Translational research may also involve extensions and applications of basic findings (procedures) to the socially significant behavior of vulnerable populations. Finally, translational research may involve laboratory evaluations of common behavioral interventions. This type of laboratory research might involve convenience samples and non-socially significant behavior. A designation of translational research using the latter criterion will require an explicit description of how the laboratory findings might have an immediate impact on behavior analysis in practice or considerable implications that may produce an empirical foundation that leads to applied research.
- Proposals ("Title" through "Timeline and Budget" sections below) are limited to five pages total (for dissertations) or three pages total (for theses) and must include all of the following information; incomplete submissions will not
be reviewed. A one- or two-page proposal reference list may be included in addition to the five or three pages. Please upload a single Microsoft Word document using 11-point Arial font, single spacing, 1/2-inch margins, and section
headers. Name your document one of the following: (Required)
The title should briefly convey, in general terms, the question addressed by the study.
- Explain the importance of the problem in terms of societal need and/or advances in scientific knowledge.
- Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in one or more broad fields.
- Describe how the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive the subject matter of the proposal will be changed if the proposed aims are achieved. (up to 1/2 page recommended)
State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact the results will have on behavior analytic
research. At the end of this section, list in bullet-point form the specific question(s) to be addressed. (up to 1/2 page recommended)
Describe the background and the overall strategy, methodology, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted.
In the interest of brevity, the methods section should include highlights only. It need not include enough detail for replication.
- Data analysis plan
- Expected result plus how data will be interpreted
Briefly discuss anticipated difficulties in conducting the research and your contingency plan for completing the research successfully should those difficulties
Timeline and Budget
Include a timeline and describe how the $3,000 or $1,500 would be spent. No indirect funds are provided to the student's institution. Grant funds must be applied
to direct costs of conducting the research, such as compensating participants, purchasing equipment, or copying materials. Grant funds may not be applied toward
the general infrastructure that supports research, such as paying research staff, renting or renovating research space, or defraying the costs of professional
travel (though travel to ABAI’s annual convention to present research is allowed). (up to 1/2 page recommended)
Below please upload your proposal (Microsoft Word document with 11-point Arial font, single spacing, 1/2-inch margins, and section headers) named one of the following:
Matching Funding (500-word maximum)
Please describe sources and amounts of matching funding for which you are applying or that you have received. Matching funding can be full or partial,
and can take a variety of forms (e.g., tuition/fees coverage). Grant applications with matching funding from universities or other sources will be
given preference, but matching funds are not a requirement to apply for or receive a grant. (Required)
Letters of Support
Verification of Qualifications and Place in Program
Dissertation—Please ask your advisor to send a letter that confirms your place (year) in your doctoral program and that you have a minimum of 2 academic years left.
The letter should also outline your qualifications and indicate that the proposed research has received or is likely to receive approval from the Institutional Review
Board for the Protection of Human Subjects or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. In addition, the letter should address your standing relative to other
students at the same stage in their educational careers and your promise for contributing to the field, as well as include a statement about the feasibility of your
conducting the research under your advisor’s guidance. This letter should be emailed by February 12, 2021, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thesis—Please ask your advisor to send a letter that confirms your place (year) in your master's program and that you have a minimum of 1 academic year left. The letter
should also state that you are a student in good standing in your graduate program; comment on the feasibility of your conducting the research under your advisor's
guidance; and also comment on the likelihood, given the nature of the project and the track record of the student, that the project will be completed within 1 academic
year. In addition, the letter should indicate that the proposed research has received or is likely to receive approval from the Institutional Review Board for the
Protection of Human Subjects or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. This letter should be emailed by February 12, 2021, to email@example.com.
Please provide the following information about your advisor:
Availability of Resources
Please ask your department or program chair to send a letter that confirms the availability of space and/or any other resources required to conduct the proposed research, such as specialized equipment, computer and university account, standardized tests, or facilities. This letter should be emailed by February 12, 2021, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide the following information about your department or program chair:
National Institutes of Health Biosketch
Please complete and upload, as a single Microsoft Word document, the NIH biosketch found at http://grants.nih.gov/grants/funding/phs398/biosketchsample.doc (two pages maximum).
Follow the same formatting guidelines as for the proposal section of this application: 11-point Arial font, single spacing, 1/2-inch margins, and section headers.
Name your document Lastname.Firstname.Applied.Dissertation.Bio, Lastname.Firstname.Basic.Dissertation.Bio, Lastname.Firstname.Applied.Thesis.Bio, or Lastname.Firstname.Basic.Thesis.Bio. (Required)
Please attach your biosketch: