March 2006 Announcements

OBSSR Announces Anniversary Conference; ATI Deadline Extention!; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited; Upcoming Deadline - Travel Awards for the 2006 APA Convention

OBSSR Announces Anniversary Conference

The Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) of the National Institutes of Health will celebrate its 10th anniversary June 21-22 with a special conference on the NIH campus. "OBSSR 10th Anniversary: Celebrating a Decade of Progress and Promise" will showcase the last decade's major contributions of behavioral and social sciences research to health promotion and disease reduction.

In addition to a series of presentations on promising research, there will be a town hall meeting designed to obtain participant views of OBSSR's priorities for the future. NIH Director Elias Zerhouni will take part, as will Norman Anderson, APA CEO and founding OBSSR director. Nobel Laureates Eric Kandel and Daniel Kahneman will be among the presenters.

The meeting is open; those interested in attending may visit the OBSSR 10th Anniversary website for information on registration, housing, and agenda. There is no registration fee, but space is limited, so please make plans early.

ATI Deadline Extention

Hurry, register now! Due to popular demand for the APA Advanced Training Institutes on Non-Linear Methods and Web-Based Research the registration deadline has been extended to April 10. Take advantage of your opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in cutting-edge technologies at one of these hands-on APA-sponsored events. Register now, spaces are going fast!

Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited

The Science Directorate is currently seeking proposals for research conferences in psychology. The purpose of this program is to promote the exchange of important new contributions and approaches in scientific psychology. Over 90 conference grants have been awarded to date. The next deadline for applications is June 1, 2006.

Grant money ranging from $500 to $20,000 is available for the scientific conference. Proposals will be considered using such formats as "add-a-day" conferences ($500-$3,000 available), "stand alone" conferences ($5,000-$20,000 available), and festschrifts ($5,000-$20,000 available). APA is also open to innovative ways of holding conferences. The conference must be additionally supported by the host institution with direct funds, in-kind support, or a combination of the two. Please note that a detailed budget including institutional support is required for application.

Conference proposals must meet the following eligibility requirements:

  • One of the primary organizers must be a member of APA

  • Only academic institutions accredited by a regional body may apply. Independent research institutions must provide evidence of affiliation with an accredited institution. Joint proposals from cooperating institutions are encouraged

  • Conferences may be held only in the United States, its possessions, or Canada

  • APA governance groups, APA Divisions and other related entities are not eligible for funding under this program.

Conference proceedings and presentation materials (including electronic presentations) must be submitted to APA three months after the date the conference is held. APA will hold the conference proceedings for three years. If a book has not been published by APA or another publisher within the three-year holding period, APA will place the conference proceedings in PsycEXTRA.

Seventy-five percent of funds will be distributed to grantees prior to the conferences, and the remaining twenty-five percent will be released following the conference and after the submission of a final financial report detailing conference expenditures equal to or exceeding Grantee's proposed total budget.

Conference review committee members are: Anita Davis, Michael Domjan, Irene Frieze, Kathleen McDermott, Kevin Murphy, and James W. Pennebaker.

For more information on review criteria, proposal contents, and budget guidelines, please refer to the APA website at or contact Deborah McCall.

Please mail proposals to:
APA Science Directorate
750 First Street, NE
Attn: Scientific Conferences Proposals
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Upcoming Deadline - Travel Awards for the 2006 APA Convention

Graduate students - are you traveling to the APA Convention in New Orleans to present first-authored research? Could you use some extra cash to facilitate the trip? Are you an APA Student Affiliate or are you ready to apply for affiliate status?

If you answered "yes" to these questions, then you are eligible to apply for a Travel Award!

For more information, contact the APA Science Directorate.

Application packets are due by April 3, 2006.