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Nominations and applications for 2021 are under review. Next cycle starts in April 2021. 

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SIOP Anti-Racism Grants: Initial Call for Project Proposals Donate Today!!

This SIOP Anti-Racism Grants program stimulates and supports projects and research intended to promote our understanding of racism and eliminate it from the workplace. As stated on the SIOP website, I-O psychologists conduct and apply “research that improves the well-being and performance of people and the organizations that employ them.” Because the presence of overt and institutionalized racial discrimination constitutes direct and indirect threats to the well-being and performance of employees and employers, anti-racism in the workplace is a topic that I-O psychology as a field must address.

Background

The United States of America was created under the banner of liberty and justice for all. The banner does not say “liberty and justice for white male property owners”; rather, it proclaims fundamental beliefs about American democracy, society, and culture that apply to all citizens. We cannot adhere to an ideology promising liberty and justice for all without taking those words seriously.

Since 1619 when the first slave ships landed on this continent, Americans have confronted race issues. Many of the first American businessmen were farmers (overwhelmingly White), and some owned slaves (overwhelmingly Black) who provided the labor to sustain their agriculture-based enterprises. The question of slavery in the context of territorial expansion brought on the Civil War and ultimately, the Emancipation Proclamation, amendments to the Constitution, and other federal legislation intended to protect the rights of all citizens regardless of race. Although the Civil Rights Act of 1866 was meant to extend equal protection of the law to all citizens, sharecropping and Jim Crow laws perpetuated the oppression of Black citizens. Despite legal protections, reminders of the racism embedded in American culture surfaced regularly, and continue to do so.  Beginning with the industrial revolution of the 19th century, the U.S. economy shifted from agriculture to manufacturing. Despite the 15th amendment and laws to protect the rights of all male citizens, many companies still discriminated in the workplace based on race.

The quest for liberty and justice for all in all aspects of life, including employment, intensified in the 1950s and 1960s, cresting with the passage of the Civil Rights Act in 1964, when Equal Employment Opportunity became the law of the land. Passage of the Voting Rights Act in 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968 sought to bring the ideology of freedom and equal opportunity in all aspects of life to fruition.

Although more than 50 years have elapsed since passage of the Civil Rights Act, evidence indicates that racial discrimination in employment remains (King, Avery, & Sackett, 2013). Roughly 24,000 racial discrimination claims were filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in 2019 alone. Moreover, anecdotal evidence suggests that subtle forms of discrimination based on race and ethnicity are rampant in the workplace.  News articles (e.g., Cooper, 2020; NPR, 2020) appear daily, highlighting racist and discriminatory actions by employers and other employees.

Overt acts of racism have become taboo in many circles. For instance, it is quite rare to see an organization explicitly indicate that members of a race are unwelcome. This is in stark contrast to the Jim Crow era when signs such as “Help wanted: Blacks need not apply” were commonplace. Despite a few noteworthy exceptions (e.g., Texaco executives in the 1990s, Shoney’s CEO in the 1990s), much racial discrimination has been forced into the shadows. Nevertheless, objective evidence demonstrates its continued presence (see Avery, Volpone, & Holmes, 2015 for a comprehensive review). In fact, audit studies have shown that, all else equal, job applicants with Black sounding names received fewer callbacks than those with White sounding names (Bertrand & Mullainathan, 2004), and a White applicant with a criminal record received more callbacks than a Black applicant without one (Pager, 2003). Furthermore, there have been several recent, well publicized examples of racial harassment at work, such as threatening messages and nooses left for Black employees at the Toledo, Ohio GM plant in 2019, showing that overt racism at work is not a thing of the past.

Despite a history of discrimination research in our field (Colella, King, & Hebl, 2017), we know little about the causes or the contexts in which racism occurs. We know that racism exists, but we are less clear on the multiple ways in which it is manifested. Simple main effects of race are less likely to be detected due to pressures to appear unbiased. Overt racism can lead to costly lawsuits for organizations and social ostracism and firing for individuals. In the absence of obvious race-driven actions, many people have felt free to conclude that discrimination is at last waning, if not a thing of the past.

As social and behavioral scientists who focus on work organizations, we have an opportunity to inform the public about the reality of racism at work in all its dimensions – episodic, interpersonal, intergroup, institutional, and systemic. Just as teenager Darnella Frazier’s recording of the 2020 race-based killing of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police exposed people around the globe to the continued presence of racial discrimination in law enforcement, our scholarship can facilitate understanding of workplace racial discrimination in all its complexities and the identification of solutions to achieve social justice for all in the workplace. SIOP’s Anti-Racism Grants will offer funding to I-O professionals and their colleagues for projects to meet these goals. This is the first call for project proposals in what the SIOP Foundation expects to be a continuing series of grant competitions focused on racism in the workplace. The Anti-Racism Grants are an important addition to the SIOP Foundation’s existing support of research furthering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the workplace.

Topics and Types of Projects

This is an open call for projects aimed at enlarging our understanding of racism in the workplace, its causes, and its reduction. Any research or project that contributes to the elimination or reduction of racial discrimination in the workplace will be considered. The goal of this grant program is to identify evidence-based solutions to the problems of racism in the workplace. Examples of topics include (but are not limited to) studies of the following:

  • Behaviors and actions of employees and managers that perpetuate or minimize racism or promote fairness and inclusion.
  • Human resource management systems that reward and punish employees differently as a function of race.
  • Individuals more (or less) inclined to discriminate and the impact this information can have on selection and training.
  • Factors that support organizational climates for discrimination and strategies for creating non-racist climates.
  • Attributes of organizational climates that are anti-racist and promote fairness and inclusion.
  • Characteristics of public servants who treat recipients (e.g., the public) of their services unfairly, and in some cases violently, due to race. This work could examine predictors of such behavior and individual, team, and organizational mechanisms to prevent such behavior.
  • Attributes of work environments that encourage racist behaviors.
  • Creation of effective teams that are racially diverse.
  • Reduction of group mean differences on cognitive ability tests.
  • Reduction of bias in predictors and criterion measures for job relevant behaviors

The form of projects is open. Below are examples of the types of projects that will be considered.

They are not definitive; they are meant only to be illustrations:

  • Basic Research
  • Technical Assistance Projects (in which SIOP experts collaborate with organizations to solve problems such as selection, training, employee engagement, and supervision)
  • Program and Project Evaluations (e. g, implicit bias training, inclusion initiatives)
  • Workshops and Webinars
  • Best Practice Compilations
  • Grounded-Theory Study of Experiencing Racism at Work
  • Benchmarking and Critical Reviews (e. g., HR policies and practices)
  • Evidence-Based Interventions (introduction of selection, training, cultural change, leadership development initiatives to reduce racism)

Multidisciplinary projects are encouraged as well as those that blend practice and research. Both qualitative and quantitative projects are encouraged. We will focus on race issues in the United States because this is where the pledge of liberty and justice for all is deeply enshrined in the history of the country and the beliefs of its citizens, and currently threatened. We will focus on applied psychology in the workplace because that is our domain.

We expect to receive more proposals than we will be able to fund. As noted previously, we expect this Call to be the first in a series of grant competitions. Our primary purpose is to address racism in all its manifestations in work organizations and to produce potential solutions. We will study all submissions as an aid to identifying a broad base of potential donors, including employers and corporate foundations who might fund future initiatives. We hope the proposals we receive will stimulate a continuing cycle of improved evidence-based human resource management practices, as well as additional funding.

Criteria for Evaluation of Project Proposals

The director of the project must be a SIOP Fellow, Member, Associate, or Student Affiliate. Proposals submitted by a Student Affiliate as the project director must include an endorsement from a SIOP Fellow or Member, preferably the student’s academic advisor.

The members of the Anti-Racism Grants Subcommittee of the SIOP Awards Committee will consider these criteria when evaluating proposed projects. The criteria are the extent to which the project:

  1. Increases understanding of workplace racial discrimination, including differences between access and inclusion.
  2. Provides practical guidance to organizations seeking to reduce racism, promote equal employment and advancement opportunities, or strengthen inclusion.
  3. Is technically adequate, meeting professional standards for internal validity, external validity, appropriate methodology, appropriate statistical analyses, comprehensiveness of review (if the project involves a literature review), and/or theoretical rigor and soundness.
  4. Is feasible.  The project can be completed with the total funding available to the team and in approximately one year’s time. (For the first grants, timelines should be up to one year, or less. Longer timeframes may be considered in the future.) When necessary, research samples have been identified and can be obtained.

Submission Process

A SIOP Anti-Racism Grant requires submission of a compact proposal. The proposal should follow APA formatting guidelines and include the following sections:

  • Title with a 250-word abstract - Outline what you plan to do and what resources you need. The abstract should provide enough detail that a review team could make a determination as to whether your proposal should undergo full review (see below for more information on the review process).
  • Rationale for the project – Identify the key issues to be addressed, background, and literature
  • Project design – Explain what the project entails.  Include information about samples, measures, data collection and analysis strategies as well as the specific steps to be taken as appropriate. 
  • Anticipated project outcomes – Specify what the project aims to accomplish and how success will be defined and measured. Discuss how your proposal integrates science and practice and specify the practical implications for organizations.
  • Key staff bios (100 words each) – Provide summaries of relevant professional accomplishments of the project team.
  • Project timeline – Include the start date, milestones, end date.
  • Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds – Provide the budget for the entire project, including staff time, resources, materials, and other expenses. Grant funds may 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).

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

 

All project directors who receive a grant must certify, by signature or other means (e.g., institutional review board or signed statement), that the project will be carried out in compliance with accepted professional and ethical standards concerning the treatment of human participants.

In addition, grant recipients must acknowledge that intellectual property resulting from the project is to be available to the public as widely and generally as possible, consistent with the evolving standards for open science. If the project requires measures that are the intellectual property of others, the project director should indicate that rights to use the measures have been obtained. If the project is funded from additional sources, then the proposal must specify expectations for final disposition and rights of any resulting intellectual property, or agree that the intellectual property will be owned by the SIOP Foundation and be available through a Creative Commons ShareAlike 4.0 license.

Anti-Racism Grants 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 Foundation award money will be spent. If another funding organization has any claim to the results of the project, the project director should contact the SIOP Foundation to determine if intellectual property rights can be fairly allocated.

If there is an organizational partner for the project, it is strongly recommended that a letter recognizing this support is included in the grant submission package to indicate the partner’s commitment to the project.

Proposals will be evaluated by the Anti-Racism Grant Subcommittee of the SIOP Awards Committee, which will abide by all SIOP Awards Committee policies and procedures including freedom from conflicts of interest. Please note that the subcommittee may decide that no proposal is deserving of the award and the grant may be withheld - this is unlikely.

If a large number of proposals are submitted (50 or greater), then the committee will first conduct a preliminary review of the proposal abstracts. The proposals with the top-rated abstracts would then undergo a full review. For this reason, the abstracts should provide enough detail for the committee to make an initial determination of which proposals should undergo a full review. If a smaller number of proposals are submitted then all proposals will undergo a full review.

Currently, $50,000 is available for this first round of Anti-Racism Grants, and SIOP intends to fully fund as many top-rated proposals as possible. Grant proposal budgets can be submitted for up to the maximum currently available ($50,000). The maximum size of the SIOP Anti-Racism Grant is at present unknown. Once proposals are reviewed, the maximum size of the grant(s) will be determined by the Anti-Racism Grants Subcommittee, e.g., winner take all, or winner and 2nd place, or the grant pool will be divided into smaller chunks. In addition, the subcommittee may recommend additional funding sources. 

It is the explicit policy of the SIOP research grants that funds may not be used for overhead or indirect costs. 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 Foundation President will provide additional documentation explicitly stating this policy.

Proposals are due by 5:00 pm EDT, Monday, July 27 at https://www.siop.org/Foundation/Awards/AwardsAdmin/Submit/Anti-Racism. The Anti-Racism Subcommittee of the SIOP Awards Committee may, at its discretion, request written answers from proposers to questions about the details of the proposal.

SIOP and the SIOP Foundation will work with grant recipients on communications with donors, the SIOP membership, and the public about winning projects. Grant recipients will be expected to adhere to the timeline submitted in the proposal and required to deliver progress reports to the SIOP Foundation on a quarterly basis until the project is complete. Awardees should be aware that a synopsis of their project 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 work.

Schedule

  • Call for Anti-Racism Grant Project Proposals posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2020
  • Videoconference (optional) meeting for potential proposers at 2:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, July 22, 2020.
  • Proposals due by 5:00 pm EDT, Monday, July 27, 2020, at https://www.siop.org/Foundation/Awards/AwardsAdmin/Submit/Anti-Racism
  • Winning project proposal(s) announced online on Monday, August 24, 2020

 

Questions

Questions about the SIOP Foundation Anti-Racism Grants and this initial grant competition should be emailed to SIOPFoundation@siop.org. Answers will be posted at http://siop.org/Foundation/ARG-FAQ.

A Zoom videoconference about the Anti-Racism Grant competition will be held at 2:00 pm EDT on Wednesday, July 22, 2020. Its purposes will be to present an overview of the SIOP Foundation Anti-Racism Grant program and to respond to questions. The URL for this Zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982068989. Any additional questions and replies arising during the videoconference meeting will be summarized and added to the posted answers.

References

Avery, D. R., Volpone, S. D., & Holmes, I. V. O. (2015). Racial discrimination in organizations. In A. J. Colella & E. B. King (Eds.), Oxford handbook of workplace discrimination (pp. 1–26). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.

Bertrand, M., & Mullainathan, S. (2004). Are Emily and Greg more employable than Lakisha and Jamal? A field experiment on labor market discrimination. American Economic Review, 94(4), 991-1013.

Colella, A., Hebl, M., & King, E. (2017). One hundred years of discrimination research in the Journal of Applied Psychology: A sobering synopsis. Journal of Applied Psychology, 102(3), 500–513. https://doi.org/10.1037/apl0000084

Cooper, H. (2020). https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/25/us/politics/military-minorities-leadership.html

King, E. B., Avery, D. R., & Sackett, P. (2013). Three perspectives of employment discrimination 50 years after the Civil Rights Act—a promise fulfilled? Journal of Business and Psychology, 28(4), 375-382.

King, E. B., Hebl, M. R., Botsford Morgan, W., & Ahmad, A. S. (2013). Field experiments on sensitive organizational topics. Organizational Research Methods, 16(4), 501-521.

NPR. (2020). https://www.npr.org/2020/06/25/883233406/black-economists-research-finds-a-blindspot-on-a-theory-of-innovation

 

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.

 

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).

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
     
  • If applicable, the names of all participants must be entered during the online nomination/application process. Please ensure that all participants in your nomination have current information in their siop.org profiles. All nonmembers should create an account at siop.org (creating accounts is not equivalent to applying for membership)
     
  • 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 and figures, 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: May 8, 2020

 

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.

 

General Procedures and Policies

The grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below).

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
     
  • If applicable, the names of all participants must be entered during the online nomination/application process. Please ensure that all participants in your nomination have current information in their siop.org profiles. All nonmembers should create an account at siop.org (creating accounts is not equivalent to applying for membership)
     

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 and figures, 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: 8 May 2020

 

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

 

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).

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?
  • If applicable, the names of all participants must be entered during the online nomination/application process. Please ensure that all participants in your nomination have current information in their siop.org profiles. All nonmembers should create an account at siop.org (creating accounts is not equivalent to applying for membership).

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 and figures, 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: 8 May 2020

 

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.

 

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).

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 $5,000 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.
     
  • If applicable, the names of all participants must be entered during the online nomination/application process. Please ensure that all participants in your nomination have current information in their siop.org profiles. All nonmembers should create an account at siop.org (creating accounts is not equivalent to applying for membership).
     
  • 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 and figures, 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: 23 April 2020

 

James L. Outtz Grant for Student Research on Diversity

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who has received approval from the student's 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. The project should be ongoing at the time the grant is awarded. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible.

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 figures, 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 a 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 I-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 project should be ongoing at the time the grant is awarded. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible.

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 figures, 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: 8 May 2020

 

Graen Grant for Student Research on Leaders and Teams -NEW!

This annual grant will be given to a graduate student who is conducting a master’s thesis (or equivalent project in cases where there is no formal thesis) or a doctoral dissertation focused on leaders and teams in relation to organizational innovation, learning, and/or performance. The research should have a strong connection to practical applications.

General Procedures and Policies

Applicants must submit a research grant proposal using the format guidelines noted below. 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. The project should be ongoing at the time the grant is awarded. Postdoctoral students and faculty members are not eligible.

In order to encourage wide participation and a large variety of individuals and institutions involved in the program, an individual can only submit 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 Leaders and Teams 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.

 

Graen Grant for Student Research on Leaders and Teams 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 focuses on extending our understanding of leaders or teams as they relate to organizational innovation, learning, and/or performance.
  • 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 leadership or teams.
  2. No active member of the Awards subcommittee will be eligible for this 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. Title Page
  2. Abstract
  3. Literature review and rationale for the project
  4. Method—including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, and analytical strategies
  5. Implications for both academicians and practitioners
  6. Budget and justification for expenditures of the grant funds

Proposals should not exceed 10 pages of text (not including title page, abstract, references, tables and figures, 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.

 

 

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 $3,000.

 

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 grant submission package must include a grant proposal (see formatting guidelines below).

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 $3,000.

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
     
  • If applicable, the names of all participants must be entered during the online nomination/application process. Please ensure that all participants in your nomination have current information in their siop.org profiles. All nonmembers should create an account at siop.org (creating accounts is not equivalent to applying for membership)
     

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 and figures, 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: May 8, 2020