Innovative Student Research Grant In Diversity, Equity, And Inclusion



Up to $5,000 is available to support graduate-level study of issues relevant to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).


Grant application deadline: March 15, 2021


The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) welcomes proposals for innovative research in DEI. 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 to DEI both within and outside the behavior analytic community, and be methodologically rigorous.


The ABAI DEI 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 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.


Eligibility Criteria


Professional Commitment

Applicants must provide evidence of their commitment to basic, applied, or translational research in behavior analysis.


Academic Level

Applicants must be enrolled or have been accepted in a graduate 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. While both master’s and doctoral students are eligible for consideration, only projects of sufficient scope and substance will be funded, and all applicants must have sufficient time remaining in their academic program to complete the proposed research project.


Applicant Information
First Name: (Required)
Last Name: (Required)
Street Address 1: (Required)
Street Address 2:
City: (Required)
Country: (Required)
State/Province: (Required)
Postal Code: (Required)
Phone Number: (Required)
Email: (Required)

DEI Research Definition

Proposals eligible for this grant funding will involve empirical studies and demonstration projects of direct relevance to diversity, equity, or inclusion, where diversity refers to the traits and characteristics that make people unique; equity refers to ensuring fair treatment and equality of opportunity for all individuals; and inclusion refers to the behaviors and social norms that ensure people feel welcome. Eligible proposals may target any aspect of DEI, but preference will be given to substantive projects that evaluate the impact of DEI efforts in community or organizational settings.

Funded proposals will be informed, at least in part, by a behavior analytic perspective. The proposed project may represent part of a multidisciplinary approach that includes behavior analysis. Additionally, the proposed project may be conducted by a team of student researchers, but one principal investigator must be identified. Funded students are eligible to apply for one additional continuation DEI grant in the subsequent year.

Proposal Submission

Proposals ("Title" through "Timeline and Budget" sections below) are limited to five pages total 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 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 Lastname.Firstname.DEIGrant.Proposal. (Required)


The title should briefly convey, in general terms, the question addressed by the study.

  • Explain the importance of the research question in terms of societal need and/or advances in scientific knowledge.
  • Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or intervention effectiveness in DEI.
  • 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)

Specific Aims

State concisely the goals of the proposed research and summarize the expected outcome(s), including the impact the results will have on DEI and/or 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.

  • Participants
  • Apparatus/materials/setting
  • Procedures
  • Data analysis plan
  • Expected results 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 be encountered.

Timeline and Budget

Include a timeline and describe how the requested funds 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, traveling to collect data, or copying materials. Grant funds may not be applied toward the general infrastructure that supports research, such as paying research staff, or renting or renovating research space. Costs for travel to ABAI’s annual convention to present research is allowed, but not for other professional travel. (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 Lastname.Firstname.DEIGrant.Proposal.

Program Information
1. University: (Required)
2. Graduate program name: (Required)
3. Advisor's name: (Required)
4. Semester/term and year accepted to program (for example, fall 2020): (Required)
5. Current year in program (for example, second year out of four, or first year out of two): (Required)
6. Expected graduation date: (Required)
7. Grade point average or comparable: (Required)

Matching and Continuation 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. Also describe plans to identify and apply for funding sources to support follow-up and continuing studies related to the proposed project.

Letters of Support

Verification of Qualifications and Place in Program

Please ask your advisor to send a letter that confirms your place (year) in your graduate program and verifies that you have sufficient time remaining in your program to complete the proposed project. 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. 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 March 15, 2021, to

Please provide the following information about your advisor:

1. Name: (Required)
2. Email: (Required)
3. Affiliation: (Required)

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 March 15, 2021, to

Please provide the following information about your department or program chair:

1. Name: (Required)
2. Email: (Required)
3. Affiliation: (Required)

National Institutes of Health Biosketch

Please complete and upload, as a single Microsoft Word document, the NIH biosketch found at (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.DEIGrant.Bio. (Required)


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