Targeted Research Grants

Deadline: October 1,2020
Sponsor: Division 54


The Society of Pediatric Psychology (SPP) is pleased to announce the availability of a 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 allow investigators to collect pilot data to aid in securing additional major grant funding.

The focus of the proposal can target a variety of populations, methods, and behaviors within pediatric psychology. However, to maximize the likelihood that funded applications have the potential to inform research aligned with national-level priorities, special consideration will be given to proposals that also address one of the priority areas as defined by OBSSR (

  1. Improve the Synergy of Basic and Applied Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (e.g., research on gene-environment interactions, neuroscience and neuroimaging research).
  2. Enhance and Promote the Research Infrastructure, Methods, and Measures Needed to Support a More Cumulative and Integrated Approach to Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (e.g., technology – eHealth interventions and information/communication technologies, studies of novel measurement/assessment strategies).
  3. Facilitate the Adoption of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research Findings in Health Research and in Practice (e.g., research on the economic impact of pediatric psychology interventions/services; diversity, healthcare disparities, and/or areas related to social justice).

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.

Review Process:

Grants will be peer reviewed using a study section/committee methodology by three reviewers. These reviews will be provided to applicants to aid them in future grant proposals.

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
  5. Lack of overlap between this proposal and other funding sources/grants/support
How to Apply
Past Recipients