ACBS Research Development Grant

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The Association of Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) Research Development Grant provides financial support for research that advances the field of Contextual Behavioral Science (CBS). The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for high quality, innovative original research projects.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

  • Be affiliated with an institution that supports research (commonly eligible institutions include universities, institutions of higher education, and registered charities);
  • Present a sufficient explanation of the availability of time to engage in this research (e.g. % of work time to be allocated for this project);
  • Be a member of ACBS at time of submission; and
  • Possess at least a Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent
  • Master’s, doctoral, or postdoctoral researchers must be full time students or have an employment contract for the full duration of the grant period during which their award will be spent.

Value and Duration

  • Two Research Development Grants of up to $5,000 (US dollars) each are available per grant cycle.
  • Typical project duration should span at least one year. 

Proposal Requirements

  • Applications for research on any topic within the entire array of CBS are eligible for consideration. The choice of theme and the design of the research rests entirely with the applicant.
  • Application forms must be complete. No supplementary material will be accepted - all relevant material must be displayed within the application form. Application forms must display information clearly and concisely and must be of a high professional standard. Incomplete application forms will not be reviewed.
  • For each call, an applicant may apply for only one Research Development Grant as a Principle Investigator (PI). Researchers can be co-applicants on multiple submissions as long as they are listed as PI only once.
  • The grants will provide funding for costs directly related to the proposed research (for example, programming costs or participant payments). The grants may be used to provide salary support for research staff employed in the project, however grants may not be used, to provide salary support for the Principal Investigator or any other named Investigator. Institutional overhead expenses will not be covered.

Review Criteria

Eligible applications are assessed by a panel of reviewers drawn from relevant disciplines. The coordinator for the grant review process invites academics and those with demonstrated research experience to review applications. Research Development Grant submissions of the highest quality are favored. These demonstrate compelling competence in the research design; transcend traditional disciplinary academic boundaries; and involve research which, if successful, has the chance of obtaining additional funding in the future.

When the reviews have been received by the Research Development Grant committee, an assessment panel meets in order to rank the applications and decide on those that it will recommend for funding. These recommendations are sent to the ACBS Board of Directors for ratification. Efforts will be made by the committee to maintain a balance of CBS research areas (ACT, RFT, FAP, etc.) and maintain a balance of geographical regions supported. In the case of applications of equal ranking, the Research Development Grant committee will give preference to proposals that are either from developing nations; involve research that may not easily be funded by an alternative source; or involve early career researchers.


Applications are normally assessed within 6-8 weeks of the end of the submission period. The Research Development Grant committee will notify all researchers by e-mail (via the PI e-mail account listed on the application) of the outcome of the assessment process. Reviewers’ feedback on the application also will be provided.

The start date of the project is 2 January. The award must be spent either within 18 months of the start date or before the award holder’s contract end date with their institution, whichever is earlier. All projects will need appropriate ethical approval before Research Development Grant funded research is conducted.

The ACBS Executive Director will send the awarded money to the awardee’s institution. The awarded money will be sent half at the start of the project, and half after the mid-grant report has been received (but no sooner than four months after the start date).


  • Awardees will be required to submit a mid-grant report before receiving the second half of the grant money. A template for this mid-grant report is provided by ACBS.
  • Awardees will be required to submit a final project report detailing their output, deliverables, and project expenditures upon completion of the Research Development Grant funded project.
  • Awardees will be required to present their research to ACBS -- for example, through a poster or PowerPoint presentation at an ACBS World Conference within two years of the completion of the project. If the author is unable to attend, a PowerPoint presentation with recorded narration or a poster may be sent to the ACBS World Conference instead.

Grant Application Schedule

The 2019 grant call is open from August 15th – October 1st.
Grant Award Announcements: December 2019.
Grant Start Date: January 2nd, 2020.

How to Apply

1. Read Instructions and create application document

2. Submit application here between August 15, 2019 and October 1, 2019 17:00 GMT (10:30pm Delhi/5:00pm London/1:00pm New York)



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