Targeted Research Grants

Deadline: June 1,2017
Sponsor: Division 54

The Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) is pleased to announce its Targeted Research Grant program. This annual program was established to fund research projects that will contribute to priority and emerging areas in the field of pediatric psychology, and that will allow investigators to collect pilot data to aid in securing additional major grant funding.

For the 2017 award cycle, the priority areas identified are:

  1. Diversity and/or healthcare disparities
  2. Primary care-focused practice or interventions
  3. Health care cost-offset research
  4. Studies of novel measurement/assessment strategies (e.g., validation of new questionnaires focused on patient-reported outcomes, direct behavioral observation)
  5. Research on gene-environment interactions
  6. Neuroscience and neuroimaging research
  7. Technology (eHealth interventions and information/communication technologies)
  8. Another novel or emerging research area in the field of pediatric psychology. Applicant must
  9. demonstrate or document why this area is novel or emerging. 

SPP will award up to two grants in the amount of $20,000 each to cover one year of funding to those research proposals demonstrating the greatest merit and potential for success. Priority will be given to young investigators (within 7 years of PhD). Those at more advanced career stages, who are moving into a new research area (within the listed priority areas), are also encouraged to apply for this funding. In this case, the researcher will need to document clearly how this research area constitutes a new focus for their program of research. Only sole Principal Investigator (PI) applications will be accepted.


Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  1. Scientific merit and impact
  2. Degree of fit with at least one of the priority research areas listed above
  3. The PI and his/her research team’s (e.g., mentors, content experts) demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work
  4. The potential for the funding to launch the applicant into further independent investigative work

Requirements for Application:

  1. The PI must hold a doctoral degree and have a current faculty appointment at an accredited institution at the level of  instructor, assistant professor, etc. (or equivalent)
  2. The PI must be a member of SPP
  3. A letter of intent (LOI) must be submitted and the PI must subsequently be invited to submit an application based on approval of the LOI.
  4. Applicants are responsible for obtaining and documenting institutional approval for the LOI and for the full application as per their own institutional policy. Funding must be routed through the PI’s home institution.



Full Call for Proposals and Application Instructions


Award Year: 2016

  • Jason Van Allen, PhD A Pilot Parent-Focused Telemedicine Intervention for Obesity among Preschoolers in Rural West Texas
  • Meghan E. McGrady, PhDAssessment of Adherence-Related Motivation among Adolescents and Young Adults (AYA) with Cancer

Award Year: 2015

  • Christopher C. Cushing, PhDEcological Momentary Assessment of Affect and Health Behavior
  • Kristoffer S. Berlin, PhD - Developing a Culturally Talored Acceptance-Based Behavioral Intervention to Improve Glycemic Control and Quality of Life among Low Income Adolescents with Type-1 Diabetes and their Families
  • Elizabeth K. Towner, PhDDevelopment of a Smartphone Intervention Targeting Healthy Food-Related Budgeting, Purchasing, and Routines to Address Obesity in Early Childhood

Award Year: 2014

  • Robin S. Everhart, PhDUsing Ecological Momentary Assessment to Examine Caregiver Burden related to Pediatric Asthma in Urban Families


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