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Employee Assistance Research Foundation Issues Its Initial Call for Grant Proposals: Understanding the Current State of the EAP Field

The Employee Assistance Research Foundation has issued its initial call for grant proposals: “Understanding the Current State of the EAP Field.” Applications for grants will be accepted until Friday, November 19.

The Foundation may award as many as four grants of up to $40,000 to support studies for a maximum duration of one year from the date of approval. Details on the application process are outlined in a document available from the Foundation’s website (
www.eapfoundation.org) in the “Apply for Grants” section.

The Foundation will accept applications from organizations such as tax-exempt educational institutions, agencies, or for-profit business entities (such as an LLC) that have access to an Institutional Review Board. The process is also open to applicant organizations from countries outside the US or Canada engaged in EAP research.

There are two stages in the proposal process: the submission of a short, abstract proposal, and for those approved for the second stage, a full proposal that may lead to an offer of a grant award. Grants will be reviewed by a committee consisting of Foundation board members, which includes distinguished researchers, clinicians, and EAP provider organization executives.

According to Foundation founder and board president Carl Tisone, “This call specifically solicits research projects that address the prevalence, structure, functioning, financing, and utilization of EAPs in today’s workplaces. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we may award up to four grants in 2010.”

The Employee Assistance Research Foundation was formed to stimulate innovative, rigorous, and theorybased research activities. That research will promote excellence in the delivery of employee assistance services throughout the world, assist in attraction and recruitment of outstanding scholars to conduct research, bridge the gaps between knowledge and practice by translating valid research findings into policy and practice, and promote and support effective measurement practices, performance tools, and outcome criteria.