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Opportunities for I-O Research


by Advocacy/Prosocial Subcommittee of the SIOP Visibility Committee

Sessions at SIOP Annual Conference Aim to Increase Members’ Understanding of Federal Funding

This year’s annual SIOP Conference in Philadelphia included multiple sessions aimed at increasing SIOP members’ awareness and understanding of federal funding opportunities for I-O related research.

At the event, federal agency representatives from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the U.S. Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences (ARI), and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) provided information about their agency’s primary research areas/funding opportunities, an overview of the process for submitting grant applications, and advice on how to submit a winning application. Tips from the federal agency representatives included submitting proposals that: 

  • consider the topic from multiple viewpoints
  • apply new methods to unsolved or partially solved problems
  • identify constraints of the proposed research
  • highlight the contribution of the research to some desired societal outcome

In a follow-up session, I-O psychologists who have successfully obtained grants from these and other federal agencies shared their lessons learned and strategies for running a successful grant. Their suggestions included reviewing winning proposals before submitting your own proposal, asking questions of the agency’s program officer and incorporating that feedback into your proposal, making realistic time projections, and being flexible/adaptable throughout the grant. The slides from these sessions can be downloaded here.

In a related session, three recently published National Research Council (NRC) reports—Enhancing the Effectiveness of Team Science, Measuring Human Capabilities, and the Influence of Context on Behavior—were discussed in terms of their relevance to the science and practice of I-O psychology. These reports identify needs for future research, and they have a substantial impact on the allotment of federal funds for research. These reports are a valuable resource to I-Os who are interested in pursuing federal funding for their research. They can be downloaded or purchased from the National Academies Press website here.