In this issue

Funding opportunities

Includes various grants, awards and fellowship programs
Behavioral and Social Research Guide to Grants at the NIH

The NIH Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) provides an email service for announcing NIH funding opportunities in the behavioral and social sciences. Once or twice a month, OBSSR distributes via email a listing of recent announcements (Program Announcements, Requests for Applications, Notices) published in the NIH Guide to Grants and Contracts. View the archive of past issues.

To receive these periodic (about every four to six weeks) announcements, please join the special email list. Only one email message is needed to take advantage of this service.

Send an email message to: The message should red SUBscribe BSSR-Guide-L [your full name]. The message is case sensitive; so capitalize as indicated! Don’t include the brackets. You will receive back an acknowledgement of your subscription that will also provide instructions on how to unsubscribe from the list.

Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship Program

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in the generations to come.

The Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship Program provides fellowships and scholarships for graduate student research in the area of child psychology. Program Goals: The Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Fellowship Program nurtures excellent young scholars for careers in areas of psychology, such as child-clinical, pediatric, school, educational, and developmental psychopathology. Supports scholarly work contributing to the advancement of knowledge in these areas.

Funding Specifics:

  • Several fellowships of up to $2,500 each

  • Support for one year only

  • Only one application from any one institution in any given year

  • Tuition waiver/coverage from home institution

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Have completed doctoral candidacy (documentation required)

  • Have demonstrated research competence and commitment in the area of child psychology

  • Receive IRB approval from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved

Submission Process and Deadline: Submit a completed application online at by Nov. 1, 2012. Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Questions about this program should be directed to Parie Kadir, Program Officer.

2012 APF Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant

The 2012 APF Lizette Peterson Homer Memorial Injury Research Grant, supports university-based research into the psychological and behavioral aspects of injury prevention for children and adolescents. Both intentional and nonintentional injuries are of interest, and topic areas include etiological precursors and contextual contributors to injury, development of measurement tools, development and evaluation of interventions, and dissemination/implementation of such interventions. This one year, $5,000 grant is not to include principal investigator stipends, indirect university costs, travel or publication-related expenses. Submission Process and Deadline: Submit a completed application to Paul Robins, PhD. Phone (215) 590-7594 Deadline: Oct. 1, 2012 Questions about this program should be directed to Parie Kadir, Program Officer.

National Academy of Education/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program

The NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellowship Program seeks to encourage a new generation of scholars from a wide range of disciplines and professional fields to undertake research relevant to the improvement of education. These $25,000 fellowships support individuals whose dissertations show potential for bringing fresh and constructive perspectives to the history, theory, or practice of formal or informal education anywhere in the world. Fellows will also attend professional development retreats and receive mentorship from NAEd members and other senior scholars in their field. This highly competitive program aims to identify the most talented emerging researchers conducting dissertation research related to education. The Dissertation Fellowship program receives many more applications than it can fund. This year, up to 600 applications are anticipated and about 25 fellowships will be awarded. Additional guidelines and the fellowship application form will be available on our website later this summer.

APA Dissertation Research Awards

Sponsored by the APA Science Directorate, the Dissertation Research Award assists science oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. In 2012, the Science Directorate will grant up to 30 awards of $1,000 each, as well as several awards of up to $5,000 each, to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology. View more details about this award, including eligibility requirements and application materials.

Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards

The Early Graduate Student Research Awards, sponsored by the APA Science Student Council, recognize students who demonstrate outstanding research abilities early in their graduate training (i.e., within the first three years of doctoral study). Both overall research experience and specific completed research projects are considered in selecting awardees.

Up to three awards are given each year, drawn from basic science, applied science, and interdisciplinary science areas. Each Early Graduate Student Research Award is in the amount of $1,000.

Alberti Center Early Career Award

It is my pleasure to announce a call for applications for the Alberti Center Early Career Award for Distinguished Scholarly Contributions to Bullying Abuse Prevention. View additional details about eligibility, application, and selection procedures fo this $1,000 award.

Dorothy L. Espelage, PhD
Telephone: (217) 766-6413

2012 Victoria S. Levin Award for Early Career Success in Young Children's Mental Health Research

In 30 years of distinguished service at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Victoria S. Levin’s career centered on fostering scientific research that addressed children’s mental health. Upon her retirement, there was an exceptional outpouring of tributes from the many distinguished scientists with whom Vicki worked over the years. The tributes vividly highlighted two hallmarks of Vicki’s life work. First, they acknowledged Vicki’s passion for scientific research examining development in the very first years of life, years that form a critical foundation for the development of lifelong mental health and well-being, and which play an important role in the prevention of mental disorders. Second, they praised her unique capability for encouraging new scientists, instilling them with confidence that they could achieve the high standards required to secure their first major funding from the NIH. The Victoria S. Levin Award for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research is established to continue Vicki’s legacy in these two areas. Its aim is to foster early success in achieving federal funding for research that is informed by developmental science to address concerns affecting the early foundations of children’s mental health and well-being. Broadly defined, this area of research addresses all aspects of the development of competence and risk for children from all types of backgrounds.

The award serves the promising pre-tenured, junior investigator by:

  1. Supporting release time from duties during which time the awardee writes and submits an application in the area of early childhood mental health to the NIH. This support compensates the awardee’s unit/department for the work from which the awardee is released. Having adequate time to develop and submit a grant application is essential for early career success.

  2. Providing travel funds for a trip to NIH to meet program staff. This support helps the awardee develop meaningful contacts with NIH program staff who can guide the application preparation and revision (funding usually requires two application submissions).

  3. Providing a pre-review of the candidate’s NIH application. This support allows the mentor and awardee to benefit from an external critique of the NIH application prior to its submission. In our experience, this pre-review heightens the chances of early success in the first round of review and the mentor is able to guide the awardee in responding to reviews.

Please visit SRCD for more details about the award and applicant eligibility. Applications will be available on the SRCD website on July 2, 2012. The deadline for applications is Sept. 4, 2012; the 2nd annual award of up to $25,000 will be announced on Nov. 1, 2012.