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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 $2,000.

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 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) 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.

Size of the Grant

The maximum size of the grant is $2,000.

Criteria for Evaluation of Research

The research proposal will be evaluated on the extent to which they display the following criteria:

  • 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

Please include supporting statement/documentation for each of the criteria stated above.


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.

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 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, named to indicate the first author, as follows: lastname.doc or lastname.pdf.

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).


Updated: 1 June 2018