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Organizational Research and Grant Funding: Challenges, Benefits, and Opportunities
(10:00 am - 1:00 pm, Wiliford A)

 Leslie B. Hammer
Portland State University 

Thomas F. Hilton
National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institutes of Health
 
Keith James
Portland State University and National Science Foundation
 
Abstract:
This seminar will focus on various key issues in the process of applying for grant funding. Specifically, the three presenters with expertise in different areas will discuss how to identify funding opportunities most appropriate for I-O psychologists and what strategies to use for different stages of developing grant applications.
Description:
Grant funding for organizational research remains a challenge for industrial-organizational psychologists, yet there are many benefits to obtaining funding for researchers and their respective programs and organizations. This session will involve a discussion of these challenges and benefits. Topics to be covered include grant opportunities that researchers may or may not be aware of, opportunities especially relevant for I-O researchers, and a discussion of trends in recent funding opportunities (e.g., America Competes Act) that have implications for I-O grant-getting. This session will also include a discussion of strategies for different stages of grant proposal development, practical advice in incorporating the perspectives of program officers and reviewers in developing proposals, and a review of characteristics that differentiate successful from unsuccessful proposals. 
 
 
Learning Objectives:
1. Identify existing grant opportunities in organizational research and the challenges associated with competing for those grants. 
2. Design organizational research ideas that can be funded by granting organizations.  
3. Apply effective strategies for obtaining funding for organizational research when writing grant proposals.
4. Compare and contrast the characteristics of successful and unsuccessful grant proposals for research in organizational settings.
5. Identify key review criteria and reviewer and program officer perspectives on the review process.  Apply this knowledge when developing proposals.  
 
 
Presenters:
Dr. Leslie B. Hammer is a professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at Portland State University. Her research focuses on ways in which organizations can help reduce work and family stress and improve positive spillover by facilitating both formal and informal workplace supports. Dr. Hammer is the director of the Center for Work-Family Stress, Safety, and Health, funded by grants from the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development and the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. This center is one of six that make up the national Work, Family and Health Network. Dr. Hammer is also the director of the Occupational Health Psychology graduate training program at Portland State University that is funded through a training program grant from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. She is a past president of the Society for Occupational Health Psychology (SOHP). Dr. Hammer is an associate editor of the Journal of Occupational Health Psychology and she serves on the founding editorial board of the Sloan Work and Family Research Network’s On-Line Work and Family Encyclopedia, and is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Management, Journal of Business and Psychology, the Journal of Managerial Psychology, and the Psychologist-Manager Journal. She has published numerous articles on work and family in such publications as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Occupational Health Psychology, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Family Issues, Harvard Business Review, Human Resource Planning, and Journal of Marriage and the Family and co-wrote a book with Dr. Margaret Neal entitled Working Couples Caring for Children and Aging Couples: Effects on Work and Well-Being.
 
Dr. Thomas Hilton joined NIDA's Services Research Branch in 1999. His grant portfolio at NIDA emphasizes addiction recovery research (ARR). ARR integrates longitudinal studies of support services to help reengineer how proven treatment and recovery services are dynamically linked in ways that optimize service interface with patient cognitive-emotional absorptive capacity. Projects focus on implementing, adopting, and sustaining evidence-based policies, treatments, and business practices that improve the quality, efficiency, and effectiveness of SA treatment. ARR projects extend to dynamic models of addiction recovery from the point of first admission for treatment, examining associated health services systems, and the role played by patient neurological and cognitive-emotional health in achieving and sustaining recovery. Tom also has a portfolio of grants advancing research methodology and psychological measurement. Related to that portfolio, Tom is a science officer for the NIH Roadmap Patient Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System known as PROMIS™. Tom has over 30 years experience in studying and conducting large-scale organizational change. NIH's only industrial-organizational psychologist, he has conducted health service delivery research in industrial, general-medical, and addiction inpatient and outpatient settings. His work frequently addresses issues in human resource management, career development, personnel selection and screening, workteam performance, labor relations, and organizational change. Prior to joining NIH, he worked in a variety of offices within the Department of the Navy and the Federal Aviation Administration.
 
Dr. Keith James received a PhD in Social Psychology and Organizational Behavior from the University of Arizona. He is currently a professor of industrial-organizational psychology at Portland State University and has been on leave for the past 2 years to serve as a grant program officer with the National Science Foundation's (NSF) Education and Human Resource Development Division within its Education and Human Resources Directorate.  He does work on creativity and innovation in the workplace; organizational sustainability; organizations and disaster; occupational health psychology; and social-cultural influences on work outcomes. He has been PI or co-PI on research grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), and the Canadian Federal Government.  He has served on grant review panels for NIOSH, NSF, the National Institutes of Health, and the Canadian Federal Government.
 
Coordinator: Michael T. Ford, University at Albany, SUNY