April 2008 Announcements

Application Deadlines Approach for APA Advanced Training Institutes; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited; Announcing the 2008 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships; Minority Fellowship Program Schedules Summer Institute; Funding Announcement for Weight Control Research with Young Adults; Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups August 11-13, 2008; National Heart Lung & Blood Institute Requests Information on Translating Basic Behavioral Research

Application Deadlines Approach for APA Advanced Training Institutes

Applications are still being accepted for four of this summer’s APA Advanced Training Institutes (ATIs). These intensive training programs expose advanced graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, new and established faculty, and other researchers to state-of-the-art research methods and emerging technologies. More information about these programs can be found on APA's Science Directorate website.

We encourage you to consider these programs for yourself and to forward this announcement widely to colleagues and students who may be interested.

Using Large-Scale Databases: NICHD Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development
August 4-8, University of North Carolina, Applications due by April 15

Research Methods with Diverse Racial and Ethnic Groups
June 23-27, Michigan State University, Applications due by April 18

Geographic Information Systems for Behavioral Research
July 16-18, University of California, Santa Barbara, Applications due by April 30

Non-Linear Methods for Psychological Science
June 9-13, University of Cincinnati, Applications being accepted until seats are filled

Tuition for all ATIs is substantially lower than marketplace prices because of a subsidy from APA’s Science Directorate. Applications are available from the Science Directorate, and must be submitted electronically through each program’s website. For more information, contact the APA Science Directorate via e-mail or telephone (202) 336-6000.

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 100 conference grants have been awarded to date. The next deadline for applications is June 1, 2008.

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: Oscar Barbarin, Anita Davis, Michael Domjan, Kathleen McDermott, Kevin Murphy, and James W. Pennebaker.

For more information on review criteria, proposal contents, and budget guidelines, please contact Stephanie Cox at (202) 336-5918 or via e-mail.

Proposal Deadline: June 1, 2008

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

Announcing the 2008 APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarships

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) and the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) are jointly offering graduate research scholarships. Promising graduate students are invited to apply for the awards, including the $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, the $2,000 Clarence J. Rosecrans Scholarship, and several $1,000 scholarships.

The purpose of the scholarship program is to assist graduate students of psychology with research costs. Eligible students are those enrolled in a doctoral program or an interim masters program in a COGDOP member department. Students currently enrolled in terminal masters programs in COGDOP member departments are eligible for the award if they intend to enroll in a PhD program immediately after earning the masters degree. Students at any stage of graduate study are encouraged to apply, and several fellowships have been reserved for students who, at the time of application, are within the first two years of graduate study in psychology.

Applications must be received by June 16, 2008. Visit APA's APF/COGDOP website for complete instructions and the application form.

Minority Fellowship Program Schedules Summer Institute

The Minority Fellowship Program of the American Psychological Association is hosting its Sixth Annual Psychology Summer Institute (PSI), July 20-26, 2008 in Washington, DC.

PSI provides educational, professional development, and mentoring experiences to advanced doctoral students of psychology and psychologists who are in the early stage of their careers. Participants are guided through mentoring, networking, seminars, and workshops toward developing grant proposals, postdoctoral fellowships, dissertations, treatment programs, publications, or program evaluation projects. All projects must focus on issues affecting ethnic minority communities.

If you are an advanced doctoral student or are within the first five years of your career…

If you have a concept or project that you want to develop (research, services, or policy)…

If you want to receive one-on-one mentoring from psychologists in the field…

If you want to network with some of the brightest psychologists and advanced doctoral students in the country…

If you want the inside scoop on grant writing, publishing, data analysis, innovative treatment models, cultural competence, getting tenure, and a lot more...

If you want to meet and hear from top federal officials about getting their money…

If you want to receive a travel fellowship to cover all reasonable expenses…

Then this is the summer institute for you!

Application deadline: May 16, 2008 (11:59 pm Eastern Time). For more information and to apply online, visit APA's MFP website. Contact Kyra Kissam if you have questions.

Funding Announcement for Weight Control Research with Young Adults

The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute has issued a funding opportunity announcement for clinical research on behavioral and environmental approaches to weight control in young adults (ages 18-35) at high risk for weight gain. Using the cooperative agreement (U01) mechanism, funded projects are to be conducted in two phases: an initial phase aimed at refining the proposed intervention and research methods, and a second phase consisting of a randomized controlled trial. The application deadline is October 10, 2008. The full announcement can be found on the NIH Grants website.

Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups August 11-13, 2008

The 5th annual Quantitative Training for Underrepresented Groups (QTUG) conference will be held August 11-13, 2008 at the Northeastern University campus in Boston, Massachusetts. The conference is largely supported by the National Science Foundation Grant No. 0720063, with additional support from the American Psychological Association (APA). The three QTUG conference days (August 11-13) will expose participants to exciting work presented by outstanding scientists, with several opportunities to interact with these potential mentors. Some time will be devoted to instruction, oriented primarily toward showcasing relevant quantitative methods and research. Participants will have some opportunities to present their own work for review and suggestions. Training is designed for individuals from underrepresented groups who are junior or senior undergraduate students or graduate students. Selected participants will be offered some funding support. Applications should be made online at the Application link of the QTUG website, and submitted on or before May 2, 2008, along with a two-page resume submitted via e-mail. Decisions are expected in May/June.

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute Requests Information on Translating Basic Behavioral Research

The NHLBI is seeking comments from the scientific community regarding topic areas and research findings in the basic behavioral and social sciences that have potential for informing the development of innovative interventions to reduce obesity and improve obesity-related behaviors.

The Request for Information (NIH Guide Notice NOT-HL-08-114) can be found on the NIH's Grants website. The information obtained from responses to this RFI will aid the development of an upcoming Funding Opportunity Announcement in this area and will inform the development of future programmatic activities in the area of health behavior change.

APA encourages psychologists to read the full announcement and take a few moments to provide feedback via the RFI website. Please note that the closing date for responding to this RFI is Monday, April 28, 2008. After that date, responses will be closed.

Behaviors such as smoking, sedentary lifestyles, adverse diets, and non-adherence to medical and behavioral treatments are major contributors to morbidity and mortality. The most sophisticated advances in disease prevention and treatment are dependent on individual behaviors; for example, individuals must recognize, correctly interpret and act on symptoms of a disease in order to receive treatment; and patients must participate in all aspects of care in order to derive its benefits. In particular, the rapid rise in obesity over the past 2 1/2 decades threatens to reverse recent gains in life expectancy. While adopting and maintaining healthful dietary habits and a physically active lifestyle remain fundamental to preventing and treating obesity, even successful behavior change interventions are limited in their capacity to induce long-term behavioral changes in most people.

The intent of the upcoming RFA is to promote an intervention development process for the behavioral sciences to achieve greater effectiveness for obesity-related behavior change strategies.

In order to stimulate the translation of basic behavioral sciences findings to guide behavioral intervention development, the NHLBI intends to issue a FOA in the fall of 2008 to fund 6 - 8 Research Centers of Excellence for Behavioral Intervention Development. These Centers, to be funded in collaboration with existing interdisciplinary, translational research programs, are intended to support interdisciplinary project teams that include basic and applied biological, clinical, behavioral and social scientists.

Questions about this request for information may be directed to:
Susan M. Czajkowski, Ph.D. of the NHLBI, (301) 435-0406.