Committee Reports

Financial Planning Committee report: spring 2013

Committee recommendations lead to funding for research and travel, with more work needed on funding proposals for fellowships, workshops and advocacy.

By Kathryn Lindsey, PhD

Financial Planning Committee (in alphabetical order): Ann Landes, Kathryn Lindsey, and Rebecca Porter
 
The financial health of the Society for Military Psychology has grown stronger with the continuing success of the journal Military Psychology. In 2010, under the directive of past-president Armando Estrada, PhD, the Division 19 Financial Planning Committee was established to develop a financial investment plan. The committee was charged with the following:

  1. Identifying key initiatives and proposals for priority funding.
  2. Developing criteria and procedures by which to evaluate funding requests.
  3. Compiling a report outlining criteria, procedures, and plans for the executive committee (EXCOM).

A call for proposals was sent to members soliciting input on projects/ideas to be considered for funding via the Div. 19 Listserv in 2011. Analysis of proposals yielded five types of submissions, including (1) research grants, (2) workshop grants, (3) travel grants, (4) fellowship grants, and (5) advocacy grants. After extensive consultations with Division President Estrada and several formative discussions among members of the Financial Planning Committee (Kathryn Lindsay, Rebecca Porter, Anne Landis), the committee proposed the following recommendations for the way forward:

Recommendation One: Fund research grant program.  The committee recommends the development of a research grant program to fund research by early-career psychologists (e.g., less than seven years post completion of doctoral training), mid-career psychologists (e.g., within seven–14 years post completion of doctoral training), and senior-career psychologists (e.g., 14 years post completion of doctoral training).  Three awards should be considered annually for each category (ranging from $5,000 to $10,000) for a total of up to $15,000 annually.

Recommendation Two: Fund workshop grant program.  The committee recommends the establishment of a workshop development program to support development education and training opportunities within any area of military psychology. Three awards may be considered annually (ranging from $500 to $1,000) for a total of up to $3,000 annually.

Recommendation Three: Fund travel grant program.  The committee recommends the development of a travel grant program to support travel to midyear and annual meeting as well as attendance and participation in military psychology-related programs and activities. Up to 10 awards should be considered annually, with each award for $750, for a total of up to $7,500 annually.

Recommendation Four: Fund fellowship grant program.  The committee recommends the development of a fellowship grant program to fund education, training, and research opportunities for individuals at the predoctoral, doctoral, and postdoctoral level. One award should be considered annually for a total of up to $10,000 annually.

Recommendation Five: Fund advocacy grant program. The committee recommends the development of an advocacy grant program to fund advocacy efforts in any area related to military psychology. One award should be considered annually for a total of up to $1,500 annually.

The recommendations were extensively discussed at the Midyear Meeting of the EXCOM in February 2012 (see the fall 2012 newsletter for prior EXCOM meeting minutes). The EXCOM approved funding of Recommendation One (research grant program—see announcement elsewhere in the newsletter) and Recommendation Three (travel grant program—see announcement elsewhere in the newsletter).  The EXCOM also recommended continuance of the committee in order to finalize language for the other recommendations proposed. The committee will visit suggestions from the EXCOM and will present a modified plan at the Midyear Meeting in 2013.

Additional information regarding the Financial Planning Committee may be obtained from Kathryn Lindsey, PhD, or Rebecca Porter, PhD.