November 2008 Announcements

Applications Due in January for APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship; Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers; Grants Available for Scientific Conferences, Proposals Invited; Research Funding Opportunities from NSF and NIH; NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2009 Alan T Waterman Award; Call for Nominations: National Medal of Science

Applications Due in January for APA Executive Branch Science Fellowship

Have you always wanted to get some experience working at the intersection of science and government? Are you looking to spend a sabbatical exploring the world of psychology and public policy? Come spend a year in Washington, DC as the 2009-2010 APA Executive Branch Science Fellow, sponsored by APA's Science Directorate. This year's Fellow is placed at the National Science Foundation (NSF), where she is putting her cognitive and developmental science expertise to work in the Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Directorate. Previous Fellows have been assigned to the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, various institutes at NIH, the Department of Defense, and NSF. Applications for the 2009-2010 Fellowship may be found on our Web site and applications are due January 9, 2009. For more information, please contact Dr. Heather Kelly of the Science Government Relations Office.

Call for Nominations: Master Lecturers and Distinguished Scientist Lecturers

The APA Board of Scientific Affairs (BSA) is soliciting nominations for speakers for the 2010 Master Lecture Program and the 2010 Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program. These annual programs spotlight experts in psychological science and are sponsored by the APA's Science Directorate.

Selected speakers receive an honorarium of $1,000 and reimbursement for travel expenses, up to $1,000. All nominees should be excellent public speakers. BSA will review all nominations at its 2009 spring meeting and begin to contact potential speakers for these programs. Nominations may be for either the Distinguished Lecture Program or the Master Lecture Program (or both).

The Master Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to five (5) psychological scientists to speak at the APA Annual Convention. A list of previously selected speakers can be found online from BSA Master Lecture Program. BSA has organized the lectures into ten core areas that reflect the field. Each year, five of these areas are addressed by Master Lecturers. Speakers for the 2010 Convention, to be held in San Diego, CA, August 12-15, will be chosen to have expertise in each of the following areas:

  • Developmental psychology

  • Learning, behavior, and action

  • Methodology

  • Psychopathology and treatment

  • Social and cultural psychology

The Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program, developed by BSA, supports up to three (3) psychological scientists to speak at Regional Psychological Association meetings to be held in 2010. Speakers must be actively engaged in research, with expertise in any area. A list of previously selected speakers and their topics can be found online at Distinguished Scientist Lecture Program.

Please send in the name of your nominee(s) by e-mail or fax (202-336-5953) to Rachel Martin, APA Science Directorate, 750 First Street, N.E., Washington, DC. 20002-4242. Nominations must be received by February 16, 2009.

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 December 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.

For more information on review criteria, proposal contents, and budget guidelines, contact Rachel Martin via e-mail or phone: (202) 336-5918.

Proposal Deadline: December 1, 2008

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

Research Funding Opportunities from NSF and NIH

Funding announcements for interdisciplinary research and training that are appropriate for psychological scientists have recently been issued by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and various components of the National Institutes of Health (NIH):

National Science Foundation  
     Cyber-Enabled Discovery and Innovation (NSF 08-604)

NIH Roadmap  
     Roadmap Transformative R01 Program (RFA-RM-08-029) 
          (Topics: Understanding and Facilitating Human Behavior Change;
          Transitions from Acute to Chronic Pain)  
     NIH Director's Pioneer Award Program (RFA-RM-09-001)  
     NIH Director's New Innovator Award Program (RFA-RM-09-003)

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
National Center for Research Resources
HHS Office of Research Integrity  

     Research on Integrity in Collaborative Research (RFA-RR-09-004)

National Institute on Drug Abuse 
     International Research Collaboration on Drug Abuse and Addiction Research  
          R01 (PA-09-020), R21 (PA-09-021), R03 (PA-09-022) 
     Brain Imaging Studies of Negative Reinforcement in Humans  
          R01 (RFA-DA-09-008), R21 (RFA-DA-09-009) 
     Secondary Data Analyses for Substance Abuse Research  
          R21/R33 (RFA-DA-09-020)

National Institute of General Medical Sciences
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
National Institute on Aging
National Institute of Mental Health  
     Short Courses on Mathematical, Statistical, and Computational Tools for Studying Biological Systems (PA-09-002)

National Institute of Mental Health  
     Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (RFA-MH-09-100)

National Institute of Mental Health
National Institute on Drug Abuse 
     Education Programs of Excellence in Scientifically Validated Behavioral Treatment (RFA-MH-09-110)

National Institute of Nursing Research  
     NINR Program Projects in Symptom Management Research and Program Projects in Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Research (RFA-NR-09-003)

Automatic notification of new funding opportunities and policies is available by signing up at the NSF and NIH websites.

NSF Accepting Nominations for the 2009 Alan T Waterman Award

Each year, the National Science Foundation bestows the Waterman Award to recognize the talent, creativity and influence of a singular young researcher. Established in 1975 in honor of the Foundation's first Director, the Waterman Award is the Foundation's highest honor for researchers under the age of 35.

Nominees are accepted from any field of science or engineering that NSF supports. The award recipient will receive a medal and an invitation to the formal awards ceremony in Washington, DC. In addition, the recipient will receive a grant of $500,000 over a three-year period for scientific research or advanced study in any field of science or engineering supported by the National Science Foundation, at any institution of the recipient's choice.

For detailed nomination information, please visit NSF's Fastlane website.

Complete nomination packages, consisting of nominations and four letters of reference, are due by December 5, 2008. The nominations and letters must be received through the FastLane system. Please contact the Program Manager for the Alan T. Waterman Award at or 703-292-8040 if you have any questions. You may also visit the Waterman Award Web site for more information.

Call for Nominations: National Medal of Science

The National Medal of Science, established by Congress in 1959, is the Nation's highest honor for American scientists and engineers presented annually by the President of the United States.

Since its establishment, the Medal has been awarded to 441 distinguished scientists and engineers whose careers spanned decades of research and development. The laureates have made major impacts in fi elds of science and engineering through career-long, ground-breaking achievements in the disciplines for which the awards are given. The Medal also recognizes contributions to innovation, industry or education.

Diverse, high quality nominations are encouraged for the 2009 Medals. Eligibility criteria and the nomination guidelines are available on the NSF's National Medal of Science website.

Nominations are due by December 5, 2008