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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)

SIOP provides $3,500 to fund the IRC small grant program. 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.

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.)

In addition, 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.

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)


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.

Format of the Proposal

The proposal should adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (e.g., APA 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, named to indicate the first author, as follows: lastname.doc or lastname.pdf.

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).


Updated: 13 Apr 2017