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Douglas W. Bray and Ann Howard Award Program 
Call for Proposals

Daniel B. Turban
University of MissouriColumbia

Objectives and Overview

At the 2004 SIOP conference, the SIOP Foundation announced a new award, the Douglas W. Bray and Ann Howard Award. The award is designed to support research on assessment center methods as well as research into the development of managers and leaders. The award 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 

Given the objectives of the award, the proposals should describe how the research will have a significant impact on assessment center methods and/or the development of managers and leaders. The explicit policy of the Bray/Howard Award program is 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 (e.g., under $10,000), 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 Bray/Howard Award Program Committee will provide additional documentation and evidence explicitly recognizing this policy. 

The Bray/Howard Award program 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. 

Criteria for Selecting Award Winners

The Bray/Howard Award Program Committee will evaluate proposals based on the following criteria:

1. Has a sound technical/scientific base
2. Shows innovation and excellence
3. Advances the understanding of assessment center techniques, managerial or leadership development, or preferably both 
4. Uses a longitudinal design where appropriate
5. Is submitted by members of SIOP, including Students and International Affiliates
6. Has a clearly defined project plan, defined deliverables, and budget.

Size of the Award

The Bray/Howard Award Program Committee in consultation with the SIOP Foundation Board of Trustees will decide the size of the grant, which may vary according to the requirements of a worthy project. There is no minimum size for a grant proposal. For 2005, the maximum size of the award is $10,000.

Format of Proposals

The proposal must adhere to accepted formatting guidelines (e.g., APA guidelines) and should include the following:

1. Abstract
2. Literature review and rationale for the project
3. Method (if applicable)including information about the sample, measures, data collection strategies, analytical strategies, and so forth
4. Implications of the findings or conclusions for research and practice
5. Project plan, defined deliverables, and budget.

The proposal may not exceed 10 pages of text (not including references, tables, appendices). In addition, the proposal must be double spaced and use a 12-point font and 1-inch margins.

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). 

Proposals submitted with a Student Affiliate as the principal investigator should include a letter of endorsement from the students academic advisor.


All grant award recipients will be required to deliver two copies of a final report to the Bray/Howard Award Program Committee within 2 years of the date of the award. The Bray/Howard Award Program chair will forward a copy of this report 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 SIOPs annual conference. 

Submission Deadlines and Procedure

Potential recipients should submit 10 paper copies of the research proposal by February 1, 2005 to the SIOP Administrative Office at the following address:

SIOP Bray/Howard Award Program
SIOP Administrative Office
520 Ordway Avenue
Bowling Green, OH 43402

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