Sidney W. & Janet R. Bijou Grant Application Form

Call for Research Proposals for the Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grant


Grant application deadline: March 1, 2019

The Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis (SABA) welcomes proposals for research in child development from a behavior analytic perspective.


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 2019 Annual Convention, and in Inside Behavior Analysis. Grant recipients will agree to submit progress reports to the SABA Board by April 1, 2020.


Two Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grants, each in the amount of $10,000, may be distributed annually. The SABA Board of Directors reserves the right not to award any grant in a given year.


This grant will be provided to support doctoral student research designed to incorporate behavioral principles to advance our understanding of human development. Developmental concepts could include chronological and developmental age, neurobiological and genetic factors associated with development, or the impact of developmental trajectories on adult behavior. While intervention research could be appropriate, the primary research questions (independent variables) must be related to developmental and behavior analytic principles. Examples are changes in reinforcer preference with age, effectiveness of verbal behavior interventions in children of differing developmental ages, the development of second languages or bilingualism, equivalence relations, delay discounting, neurobiological correlates or interventions, the role of epigenetic influences, or environment-gene-behavior interactions. While the goal must be to understand child development, the experimental model may involve laboratory animals. The primary purpose may not be to overcome deficits or challenges associated with a behavioral disorder or developmental disability (e.g., ADHD, autism), independent of a fundamental developmental principle.


Eligibility Criteria

  • Professional Commitment
    The primary criteria for the Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grant are the quality of the application and the applicant's commitment to the study and research of child development from a behavior analytic perspective.    

  • Academic Level
    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 research in child development.


    Applicants must have at least 2 full academic years remaining in the program after the grant application deadline.

  • Note: Applicants may not apply for a Bijou Grant and an Innovative Student Research Grant in the same year.


Applicant Information
First Name: (Required)
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Research Definition
This proposal is for a project involving: (Required)

Applied research targets the improvement of socially significant behavior (e.g., smoking, language acquisition). It may include methods of assessment, treatment, training, dissemination, 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.

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 proposal reference list may be included in addition to the five pages, as a sixth and, if needed, seventh page. 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.Bijou.Proposal. (Required)

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

  • Significance
    • Explain the importance of the problem the proposed study will address in terms of societal need, behavior principles, and/or advances in scientific knowledge of child development.
    • Explain how the proposed project will improve scientific knowledge, technical capability, and/or clinical practice in child development from a behavior analytic perspective.
    • Describe how the concepts, methods, technologies, treatments, services, or preventative interventions that drive the subject matter 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 that the results of the proposed research will have on behavior analytic research in development. At the end of this section, list in bullet-point form the specific question(s) to be addressed. (up to 1/2 page recommended)

  • Approach
    Describe the background and the overall strategy, methods, and analyses to be used to accomplish the specific aims of the project. Include how the data will be collected, analyzed, and interpreted.

  • Method
    In the interest of brevity, the methods section should include highlights only. It need not include enough detail for replication.
    • Subjects
    • Apparatus/materials/setting
    • Procedures
    • Data analysis plan
    • Expected results plus how data will be interpreted

  • Limitations
    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 $10,000 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 Lastname.Firstname.Bijou.Proposal).

Program Information
University: (Required)
Doctoral program name: (Required)
Advisor's name: (Required)
Semester/term and year accepted to program (for example, fall 2013): (Required)
Current year in program (for example, second year out of four): (Required)
Expected graduation date: (Required)
Grade point average or comparable: (Required)

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
    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 project has received or is likely to receive approval from appropriate compliance committees (e.g., IRB, IACUC, Biosafety). 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 1, 2019 to

Please provide the following information about your advisor:

Name: (Required)
Email: (Required)
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 1, 2019, to

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

Name: (Required)
Email: (Required)
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.Bijou.Bio. (Required)

Please attach your biosketch:


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