Sidney W. & Janet R. Bijou Grant


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Purpose: The Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grant provides support for doctoral student research conducted according to the natural science framework for development established by Bijou, in which the primary data for a study of behavior development are the observable interactions between an organism and environmental events.


Grants Available: For each academic year, the endowment may provide up to five US$12,000 grants. All expenses must be clearly detailed in the proposed budget statement. The SABA Board of Directors reserves the right not to award any grant in a given year.


Additional Information: This grant will be provided to doctoral students in departments of psychology, education, behavior analysis, or other disciplines that support research in behavioral development. The focus of research should be on the emergence of and progressive changes in and across behavioral repertoires and the function of the relevant contextual, organismic, and historical variables. While intervention and between group design research could be appropriate, the primary research questions must be focused on the identification of the behavioral processes involved in the cognitive, social, emotional, and language development of the individual. Examples include but are not limited to: Derived relational responding, social referencing, bidirectional naming, interdependence of verbal operants, skill acquisition, joint attention, and behavioral cusps. Basic or translational research with nonhumans is appropriate, provided that the primary purpose of the research is to address behavioral mechanisms of development. Interventions and designs and not [intervention] or treatments for any particular disorder will not be considered.


Grant recipients will be publicly recognized at the SABA Awards Ceremony at the ABAI Annual Convention and in Inside Behavior Analysis.


Dr. Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou funded a substantial endowment to SABA in 1996 to establish this grant program; a second donation was made in 2003. Dr. Bijou passed away on June 11, 2009, at the age of 100. Click here to learn more about the fund or visit Dr. Bijou's website for information about Sidney and Janet Bijou.


Grant Application Details

Review of Applications: The ABAI Science Board administers the grant process, and the SABA Board of Directors chooses the grant recipients.


Eligibility Criteria:

(1) Applicants must show they have sufficient time to complete the project after the grant application deadline (i.e., at least six months remaining in the program).

(2) 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 in child development and a sufficient environment in which this work will be carried out, with appropriate supervision.

(3) The primary criteria for the grant are the quality of the application and the applicant’s commitment to the study and research of development from a behavior analytic perspective.

(4) Applicants may not apply for a Bijou Grant and an Innovative Student Research Grant in the same year.

(5) The project will be of sufficient rigor to be submitted for publication upon conclusion, and thus contribute to the existing body of literature on behavioral development.


Conditions of Award: Grant recipients agree to provide a brief report on what the grant was used for, along with an outline of expenditures. This report is due to the SABA Board by April 1 of the following year.



Previous Recipients

The SABA Sidney W. and Janet R. Bijou Grant was first awarded in 1998. From 1998 to 2003, a single award was given annually. From 2003 to 2012, two grants were given annually. In 2014, a single grant of double the amount of previous grants was awarded. The list of previous grant recipients is available here. Note that awardees prior to 2018 were funded under different program descriptions.