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Research Grants

Nomination Deadline is Midnight (EST) June 30th, 2019

For a complete list of past award winners, click HERE.

Douglas W. Bray and Ann Howard Research Grant

The Douglas W. Bray and Ann Howard Research Grant is designed to support research on assessment center methods as well as research into the development of managers and leaders. The grant may focus on the assessment method (e.g., simulations and other techniques that rely on the observation of behavior), the content area of interest (e.g., managerial career advancement, leadership development), or preferably both.

Spreadsheet for Grant Team List

General Procedures and Policies

Proposal for this grant should describe how the research will have a significant important impact on assessment center methods and/or the development of managers and leaders. The grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below) and the completed Grant Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).

Proposals must be submitted by a member of SIOP (which includes Student Affiliates). Proposals submitted with a Student Affiliate as the principal investigator must include a letter of endorsement from the student's academic advisor.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a Bray-Howard Grant within the last two years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

The explicit policy of the Bray/Howard Program is that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committee’s experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size (e.g., under $10,000), and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e., SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the Bray/Howard Grant Committee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The Bray/Howard grant can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. In this case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which SIOP award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of the Grant

The maximum size of the grant is $10,000.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The Bray/Howard Grant Subcommittee (appointed by the Awards Committee chair) will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Have a sound technical/scientific base
     
  • Show innovation and excellence
     
  • Advance the understanding of assessment center techniques, managerial or leadership development, or preferably both
     
  • Use a longitudinal design where appropriate
     
  • Have a clearly defined project plan, defined deliverables, and budget

Format of Proposals

The proposal must adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following:

  • Abstract
     
  • Literature review and rationale for the project
     
  • Method (if applicable)—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
     
  • Implications of the findings or conclusions for research and practice
     
  • Project plan, defined deliverables, and budget

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

If the research involves human participants, all awarded authors must certify by signature or other methods that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards concerning the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research will adhere to accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human participants).

Deliverables

All grant recipients will be required to deliver two copies of a final report to the SIOP office within 2 years of the date of the award. This report will be forwarded to the SIOP Foundation.

Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. Grant awardees will be encouraged to submit the results of their research for presentation at SIOP’s annual conference.

 

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

Sidney A. Fine Grant for Research on Job Analysis (Not Open This Cycle)

The Sidney A. Fine grant is for research on analytic strategies to study jobs and is designed to support research that will further the usefulness of analytic strategies to study jobs, especially as to the nature of job content and organizational structures in which work is performed. In this context, research may take many forms including, but not limited to, bibliographic, empirical, methodological, model development, and theoretical investigations.

Spreadsheet for Grant Team List

General Procedures and Policies

The grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below) and the completed Grant Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).

Proposals must be submitted by a member of SIOP (which includes Student Affiliates). Proposals submitted with a Student Affiliate as the principal investigator must include a letter of endorsement from the student's academic advisor.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a Fine Grant within the last two years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

The explicit policy of the Fine Program is that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committee’s experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size (e.g., under $10,000), and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e., SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the Fine Award Committee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The Fine grant can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. In this case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which SIOP award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of the Grant

The maximum size of the grant is $7,500.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The Fine Grant Subcommittee (appointed by the Awards Committee chair) will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Have a sound technical or scientific base
     
  • Demonstrate innovation and excellence
     
  • Have the potential for advancing our understanding of jobs and/or methods of analyzing jobs
     
  • Be feasible and possible to complete within 2 years of the award date
     
  • Have a clearly defined project plan, defined deliverables, and budget

Format of Proposals

The proposal must adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following:

  • Abstract
     
  • Literature review and rationale for the project
     
  • Method (if applicable)—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
     
  • Implications of the findings or conclusions for research and practice
     
  • Project plan, defined deliverables, and budget

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, appendices). The proposal should be double-spaced and use a 12-point font and 1 inch margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

If the research involves human participants, all awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards concerning the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research will adhere to accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human participants).

Deliverables

All award recipients will be required to deliver two copies of a final report to the SIOP office within 2 years of the date of the award.  This report will be forwarded to the SIOP Foundation.

Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site.  This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research.  Grant awardees will be encouraged to submit the results of their research for presentation at SIOP’s annual conference.

 

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

SIOP Small Grant Program

SIOP Small Grant Program

The purpose of the SIOP Small Grant Program is to: provide tangible support from SIOP to its members for research-related activities; help guide research activities in areas of interest to both practitioners and academicians within SIOP; and foster cooperation between academicians and practitioners by supporting research that has the potential to advance both knowledge and practice in applied areas of interest to all members of SIOP

Spreadsheet for Grant Team List

General Procedures and Policies

The overarching goal of the Small Grant Program is to provide funding for research investigating topics of interest to both academicians and practitioners. Thus, considerable weight will be given to whether the proposal consists of a cooperative effort between academics and practitioners.

The grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below) and the completed Grant Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).

The principal investigator of the project must be a SIOP Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate. Proposals submitted with a Student Affiliate as the principal investigator must include a letter of endorsement from a SIOP professional member, preferably the student's academic advisor.

If the proposal has an organizational partner for the research, it is strongly recommended that a letter recognizing this support is included in the grant submission package to ensure their commitment to the project.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a SIOP Small Grant within the last two years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the SIOP Small Grant Program that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committees’ experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e., SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the Small Grants Subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy. In addition, grant funds may not be used to pay for travel to the SIOP conference.

The SIOP Small Grant award can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which SIOP award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of the Grants

Currently $30,000 is available.  Although there is no minimum amount per grant proposal, the maximum award for any one grant is $10,000. 

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

Each grant proposal will be reviewed by both academic and practitioner members of the subcommittee. The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • Significance:  Does the proposal address an important problem relevant to both the academic and practitioner membership of SIOP? Will the proposal advance knowledge and practice in a given area?
  • Appropriateness of budget:  Is there clear justification and rationale for the expenditure of the award monies? Can the proposed work be accomplished with the funds requested or is there evidence that additional expenses will be covered by other sources of funding?
  • Research approach: An assessment of the overall quality of the conceptual framework, design, methods, and planned analyses.
  • Innovation:  Does the proposed research employ novel concepts, approaches or methods? Does the proposal research have original and innovative aims?
  • Aimed at a wide audience:  The proposal should be clear, understandable, and communicable to a wide audience and have implications for all members of SIOP (academics and practitioners).
  • Realistic timeframe: Likelihood that the project can be completed within 1 year of award date.
  • Academic–practitioner partnership: Does the grant involve a partnership between an academic and a practitioner?

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following sections:

  • Abstract
  • Literature review and rationale for the project
  • Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
  • Implications for both academicians and practitioners
  • Budget and justification for expenditures of the award

The proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects). 

Deliverables

All grant award recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference.

 

Updated: 12 March 2019

 

SIOP International Research and Collaboration (IRC) Small Grant

The purpose of the SIOP International Research and Collaboration Small Grant program is to support and encourage research of an international, global, or cross-cultural nature, and research conducted by international research teams (i.e., team should include researchers from institutions or organizations from two different continents)

The International Affairs committee will review and administer the IRC Small Grant. Given the specific objective of fostering international cooperation, this subcommittee will include SIOP members from various international locations.

Spreadsheet for Grant Team List

General Procedures and Policies

The overarching goal of the IRC Small Grant Program is to provide funding for international, global, or cross-cultural teams from at least 2 different continents. Research projects from any area of I-O psychology (e.g., leadership, selection, performance management, motivation, job satisfaction) would be appropriate as long as they have both a significant international element and include significant international collaboration. (Example: A cross-cultural study of the antecedents of job satisfaction by a team from Africa, Europe, and Asia.)

The grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below) and the completed Grant Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).

The principal investigator of the project must be a SIOP Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate. Proposals submitted with a Student Affiliate as the principal investigator must include a letter of endorsement from a SIOP professional member, preferably the student’s academic advisor.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received an IRC grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the SIOP IRC Grant Program that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committees’ experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e., SIOP) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the IRC Small Grant Subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The IRC Small Grant can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which SIOP grant money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of Grant

SIOP provides $3,500 to support the IRC Small Grant Program. 

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • The grant must involve an international/global research partnership between different cultures and/or continents.
     
  • The proposal should illustrate technical soundness
     
  • The proposal must demonstrate the potential contribution of the proposed study or studies to the literature
     
  • The proposed use of the grant funds must be essential to the research project (examples of appropriate use of funds include but are not limited to: purchase of research materials, participant incentives, translation services, travel related to data collection & collaboration, and salary for release time & summer support)

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following sections:

  • Abstract
     
  • Literature review and rationale for the project
     
  • Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
     
  • Implications for both academicians and practitioners
     
  • Budget and justification for expenditures of the award

The proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).

Deliverables

All grant recipients will be required to deliver a final report to SIOP within 1 year of the date of the grant. Recipients should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference.

 

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who has received approval from his/her advisor or committee chair, but not yet conducted, a diversity-related research proposal. The proposal may be either a master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation and is intended to assist the graduate student with the diversity-related project. Proposals should involve empirical research, theory, and application in any area of I-O psychology (e.g., employee relations, equal employment opportunity, human factors, job analysis, job design, organizational development, organizational behavior, leadership, position classification, safety, selection, training) that focuses specifically on diversity. However, the main focus of the submission must be on diversity.

General Procedures and Policies

Applicants must submit a research grant proposal using the format guidelines noted below. The research must focus on diversity, extending and broadening our theoretical and empirical knowledge of diversity in the workplace. Preference will be given to projects that focus on historically underrepresented and underresearched groups in the United States. Examples of diversity research may include, but are not limited to, age, race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation. An overarching goal of bestowing this grant is to create more excellence in diversity research that is highly translatable to practice. Thus, considerable weight will be given to whether the proposal consists of a solid connection between research and practice.

The research project must be proposed by a graduate-level SIOP Student Affiliate to support a master's thesis or dissertation. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible. The application package must include an endorsement letter from the student's advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received an Outtz grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committees’ experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e. SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the awards subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which grant award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of Grant

The maximum grant amount for the Outtz Research Grant is $3,000.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • Significance: Proposal addresses an important problem related to diversity relevant to both the academic and practitioner membership of SIOP.
  • Appropriateness of budget: Clear justification and rationale for the expenditure of the grant monies; proposed work be accomplished with the funds requested, but if not, other funding sources are available.
     
  • Research approach: An assessment of the overall quality of the conceptual framework, design, methods, and planned analyses.
     
  • Innovation: Proposed research contains novel concepts, approaches or methods.
     
  • Aimed at a wide audience: Proposal is clear, understandable, and communicable to a wide audience and has implications for ALL members of SIOP (academics and practitioners).
     
  • Realistic timeframe: Likelihood that the project can be completed within 1 year of award date.
     
  • Academic–practitioner partnership: Involves a partnership between an academic and practitioner or has obvious application to practice.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by an Awards subcommittee consisting of the CEMA chair as the awards subcommittee chair and at least three additional subcommittee members (a mix of academic and practitioners), all of whom work primarily as I-O psychologists.
     
  2. No active member of the CEMA committee will be eligible for an award.
     
  3. The Awards subcommittee may decide that, in any given year, no nominee is deserving of the award, in which case the grant may be withheld.

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following sections:

  1. Abstract
     
  2. Literature review and rationale for the project
     
  3. Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
     
  4. Implications for both academicians and practitioners
     
  5. Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, and appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).

Deliverables

All grant award recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference. Finally, the recipient should acknowledge funding from the SIOP Foundation in any resulting publication or presentation.

 

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who is conducting a gender-related research project for his/her master’s thesis or a doctoral dissertation, with the intent of assisting the graduate student with completion of the project.

General Procedures and Policies

Applicants must submit a research grant using the format guidelines noted below. The research must focus on extending and broadening theoretical and empirical knowledge of gender-related issues. Preference will be given to projects that focus on reducing the inequities that women face within or in attempting to enter the workforce in the U.S. or in any other country globally. 

The research project must be proposed by a graduate-level SIOP Student Affiliate to support a master's thesis or dissertation. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible. The application package must include an endorsement letter from the student's advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved. 

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a Hebl grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

Applicants must submit a research grant proposal using the format guidelines noted below. The research must focus on extending and broadening theoretical and empirical knowledge of genderrelated issues. Preference will be given to project that focus on reducing the inequities that women face within or in attempting to enter the workforce in the U.S. or in any other country globally.

The research project must be proposed by a graduate-level student in any country in 1-0 Psychology, Organizational Behavior, Human Resources, or some closely aligned specialty to support a master's thesis or dissertation research. The application package must include an endorsement letter from the student's advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved.

The Hebl Grant for Reducing Gender Inequities in the Workplace can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which grant award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of Grant

The maximum grant amount for the Hebl Grant is $3,000.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • Theoretical foundation: Extends and broadens theoretical knowledge of gender-related issues.
     
  • Empirical foundation: Extends and broadens empirical knowledge of gender-related issues.
     
  • Scope and purpose: Focus on reducing inequities faced by women.
     
  • Applied significance: Solid connection between research and practice. Clear practical implications for organizations.
     
  • Technical adequacy: Methods appropriate for the research questions(s) under investigation. Careful consideration of internal and external validity.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by an Awards subcommittee that consists of a minimum of three current SIOP members. At least 2 of the subcommittee members must have diversity-related expertise. Diversity of all types is encouraged, including non-U.S. based members.
     
  2. No active member of the subcommittee will be eligible for a grant.
     
  3. The Awards subcommittee may decide that, in any given year, no applicant is deserving of the grant, in which case the grant may be withheld.

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following sections:

  1. Abstract
     
  2. Literature review and rationale for the project
     
  3. Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
     
  4. Implications for both academicians and practitioners
     
  5. Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, and appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).

Deliverables

All grant recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference. Finally, the recipient should acknowledge funding from the SIOP Foundation in any resulting publication or presentation.

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

Graen Grant for Student Research on the Development of New Professional Knowledge Workers

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who is conducting master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation research related to the leadership and development of new professionals in knowledge-intensive organizations. The research project should clearly make use of “design thinking.” Design thinking is a human-centered approach to innovation that puts the observation and discovery of human needs at the forefront of the innovation process and yields compelling experiences for the users of new products or services (Gruber, de Leon, George, & Thompson, 2015).

General Procedures and Policies

Applicants must submit a research grant proposal using the format guidelines noted below. An overarching goal of this grant is to support and encourage the application of design thinking to create workplace experiences for new professional-level knowledge workers {NPKW). Examples of appropriate topics include: How do NPKW teams learn from each other? How can engagement of NPKW be enhanced? How can the selection NPKW improve team performance? How do NPKW teams use design thinking to improve performance? How may HR team coaches improve leadership sharing among NPKW teams? How does the design of leadership relationships impact the NPKW?

The research project must be proposed by a graduate-level SIOP Student Affiliate (in any country) who has initiated but not yet completed a master's thesis or doctoral dissertation project. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible. The application package must include an endorsement letter from the student's advisor or committee chair stating that the research project has been approved.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a Graen grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the Graen Grant for Student Research on the Development of New Professional Knowledge Workers that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committee’s experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e. SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the awards subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The Graen Grant for Student Research on the Development of New Professional Knowledge Workers can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which grant award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of Grant

The maximum grant amount for the Graen Research Grant is $3,000.

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • Significance: Proposal applies design thinking to an important problem related to new professional knowledge workers.
  • Practical Implications: Proposal articulates a solid connection between research and practice; the research will be highly translatable to practice.  
  • Research approach: An assessment of the overall quality of the conceptual framework, design, methods, and planned analyses. 
  • Innovation: Proposed research contains novel concepts, approaches, or methods.
  • Appropriateness of budget and timeline: Clear justification and rationale for the expenditure of grant monies; likelihood that project can be completed within 1 year of award date.

Administrative Procedures

  1. Nomination materials will be reviewed by an Awards subcommittee consisting of a minimum of three current SIOP Members all of whom work primarily as I-O psychologists. At least 2 committee members must have expertise related to design thinking or knowledge workers.
  2. No active member of the Awards subcommittee will be eligible for an award.
  3. The Awards subcommittee may decide that, in any given year, no nominee is deserving of the award, in which case the grant may be withheld.

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following sections:

  1. Abstract
  2. Literature review and rationale for the project
  3. Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
  4. Implications for both academicians and practitioners
  5. Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, and appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All proposals need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adheres to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).

Deliverables

All grant award recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP Web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference. Finally, the recipient should acknowledge funding from the SIOP Foundation in any resulting publication or presentation.

Reference

Gruber, M., de Leon, N., George, G., & Thompson, P. (2015). Managing by design. Academy of Management Journal, 58, 1-7.

Updated: 31 January 2019

 

Zedeck-Jacobs Adverse Impact Reduction Research Grant

This annual grant, created under the leadership of Rick Jacobs, was recently renamed in honor of Sheldon Zedeck. The grant will be given to a member of SIOP or team (with at least one member who is a SIOP member) whose research will examine new approaches in the study of adverse impact and lead to new programs designed to reduce adverse impact. The recipient(s) with the best research proposal will receive grant funding of $2,500.

Spreadsheet for Grant Team List

General Procedures and Policies

The Zedeck-Jacobs Adverse Impact Research Grant is designed to offer support to researchers who are investigating causes and solutions to adverse impact in testing and selection. Adverse impact (AI) has been a recurring problem for decades, and although some findings have not only helped us to understand the problem and create modest solutions, we are still without a viable theory, consistent processes or programs to reduce or eliminate AI, or a body of research that informs the laws that govern employment practices.

The objective of the grant is to offer research funding that will encourage scholars to engage in programmatic research that blends I-O psychology, public policy, and the law in efforts to further inform us on the underlying factors that lead to AI and methods for its reduction.

The grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below) and the completed Grant Team List spreadsheet (see link above on this page).

The principal investigator of the project must be a SIOP Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate. Proposals submitted with a Student Affiliate as the principal investigator must include a letter of endorsement from a SIOP professional member, preferably the student’s academic advisor.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only be involved in one proposal per review cycle per grant. In addition, individuals who received a Zedeck-Jacobs Grant within the last 2 years are ineligible.

Guidelines for Proposal Budgets

It is the explicit policy of the SIOP Research Grant Program that grant funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. In the committees’ experience, most universities will waive overhead and indirect costs under two circumstances: (a) the grant is relatively modest in size, and/or (b) the awarding institution (i.e., SIOP Foundation) does not allow it. If the above statement disallowing funds to be used for overhead is insufficient, the chair of the Zedeck-Jacobs Subcommittee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy.

The Zedeck-Jacobs Grant can be used in conjunction with other funding for a larger scale project. If this is the case, the proposal should describe the scope of the entire project, the entire budget, and the portion of the budget for which SIOP award money will be spent.

In addition, grant funds should not be used to pay for ancillary costs related to the project (publication or presentations at conferences, such as open access and registration/ travel costs).

Size of the Grant

The maximum size of the grant is $2,500.

Criteria for Evaluation of Research

The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • Illustrate a sound basis in science, theory, and/or practice
     
  • Increase understanding of adverse impact and its causes
     
  • Propose and review new approaches to assessment that minimize group difference; the new approach should be targeted to (1) studying (understanding the roots of) adverse impact and (2) new programs designed to reduce adverse impact
     
  • Meet appropriate standards of research on the issues involved, including the nature of the sample, and the analyses proposed
     
  • Contribute to our understanding of organizational development and performance
     
  • Represent technical adequacy, including issues of internal and external validity, methodology, and related scientific issues as well as legal considerations

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to APA formatting guidelines and should include the following sections:

  • Abstract
     
  • Literature review and rationale for the project
     
  • Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
     
  • Implications on factors that lead to AI and methods for its reduction
     
  • Budget and justification for expenditures of the award

The proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, appendices). The proposal should be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1” margins. The proposal must be a single document, either a Word document or a .pdf file.

All awarded authors will need to certify, by signature or other means, that the research will be carried out in compliance with ethical standards with regard to the treatment of human subjects (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement that the research adhered to the accepted professional standards regarding the treatment of human subjects).

Deliverables

All grant recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the SIOP Foundation within 1 year of the date of the award. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their research will be placed on the SIOP web site. This synopsis will be of such a nature so as not to preclude subsequent publication of the research. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation at the annual SIOP conference.

 

Updated: 27 March 2019