Targeted Research Grants

The Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) is pleased to announce its Targeted Research Grant program. This annual program was established to fund research projects that will contribute to priority and emerging areas in the field of pediatric psychology, and that will allow investigators to collect pilot data to aid in securing additional major grant funding.

For the 2013 award cycle, the priority areas identified are:

  1. Technology ( eHealth interventions and information and communication technologies)
  2. Health care cost-offset research
  3. Primary care-focused practice or interventions
  4. Studies of novel measurement/assessment strategies (e.g., validation of new questionnaires focused on patient-reported outcomes)
  5. Another novel or emerging research area in the field of pediatric psychology. Applicant must demonstrate or document why this area is novel or emerging.

SPP will award up to two grants in the amount of $20,000 each to cover one year of funding to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success. Although priority will be given to young investigators (within seven years of PhD), investigators at any stage of career are encouraged to apply for this funding. For example, a mid-career researcher who is moving into a new emerging research area would be eligible to apply. Only sole principal investigator (PI) applications will be accepted.

Application Deadline: Oct. 1


Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  1. Scientific merit and impact
  2. Degree of fit with at least one of the priority research areas listed above
  3. The applicant's demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work

How to Apply

Requirements for Application

  1. The applicant must hold a doctoral degree and have a current faculty appointment at an accredited institution at the level of instructor, assistant professor, etc. (or equivalent)
  2. The applicant must be a member of SPP
  3. A letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted and the PI must subsequently be invited to submit an application based on approval of the LOI.

Letter of Intent

  1. Submissions of LOI's should be no longer than 1 ½ pages and must be submitted electronically to the committee chair as a single .pdf, .doc or .docx file by July 1, 2013 (single-spaced, 11- or 12 -point font, 1-inch margins).
  2. Include the following sections:
    • Description of Project. Briefly describe your proposed project (limit = one page). Include aims, significance, innovation and research approach. Applicants proposing a novel research area outside of the identified priority areas should clearly demonstrate why the research area is novel or emerging.
    • Future Plans. Briefly describe your future plans (limit = ½ page), i.e., how the pilot funding will be used to support future full-scale research.

Application Format

  1. Applications must be submitted in English
  2. An application cannot be submitted unless an LOI has been submitted and approved by the Targeted Research Grant Committee.
  3. The following items must be submitted electronically to Grayson Holmbeck ( as a single .pdf, .doc, or .docx file by October 1, 2013 (single-space page limits are noted, 11- or 12-point font, 1-inch margins)
    a. Project summary /abstract (30 lines), beginning with project title, name of principal investigator (PI), and Institution
    b. Research proposal: seven pages 
        i. Specific aims and hypotheses (one page max) 
        ii. Significance/innovation 
        iii. Preliminary studies
        iv. Approach (design, methods, and data analysis)
    c. References (limit to two pages)
    d. Biosketch (four pages, NIH format) of the PI
    e. One year budget and budget justification (two pages; indirect and student tuition costs cannot be covered by the grant)

Do not submit appendices or reprints. Tables and figures must be incorporated within the page limits noted above.