Psychologists seeking funding for injury-prevention projects have several options at their disposal, says David Sleet, PhD, of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some CDC programs that aid psychologists include:
Doctoral Dissertation Awards and New Investigator Awards. The dissertation grant program helps doctoral candidates from many disciplines conduct injury prevention-related research while the new investigator grant program assists early-career injury researchers--those only three or four years removed from their doctoral program or those who are transitioning to the injury research field. New investigators compete for grants only with each other, not with seasoned injury prevention researchers. In 2004, the CDC awarded five doctoral dissertation awards and 13 new investigator awards.
Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS). This 54-year-old postdoctoral program brings researchers to CDC for two years for training in epidemiology. Researchers in the program have studied disease outbreaks such as the West Nile virus in the United States and Ebola virus in Uganda, as well as injuries in floods and hurricanes, and mental health outcomes resulting from 9/11 and other mass traumas. They learn, for example, how to identify whether terrorism is involved in a disease outbreak or how injuries to rescue workers could have been prevented. Though applicants traditionally hold public health doctorates or are veterinarians, physicians, registered nurses and dentists, the EIS program accepts doctoral-level psychologists, sociologists and anthropologists and needs more applications from them, Sleet says.
Requests for applications (RFAs). Psychologists seeking grants through the more traditional RFAs can check the CDC's Injury Center Web site at www.cdc.gov/injury, which posts RFAs as they are announced. For up-to-the-minute reminders, join the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control's announcements listserv at www.cdc.gov/ncipc/email_list.htm. This list notifies subscribers via e-mail about a new RFA the day it's announced.