Association for Behavior Analysis International

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43rd Annual Convention; Denver, CO; 2017

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Invited Paper Session #275
CE Offered: PSY/BACB

Why Behavioral Scientists Can and Should Be Involved in Federally Funded Research

Sunday, May 28, 2017
3:00 PM–3:50 PM
Hyatt Regency, Centennial Ballroom D
Area: SCI; Domain: Basic Research
Instruction Level: Intermediate
CE Instructor: Donald A. Hantula, Ph.D.
Chair: M. Christopher Newland (Auburn University)
DONALD A. HANTULA (Temple University)
Donald Hantula (Ph.D., University of Notre Dame) is Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Decision Laboratory at Temple University, Associate Editor of the Journal of Organizational Behavior Management and Editor of The Behavior Analyst. His research includes behavior analysis, behavioral economics, human decision making in dynamic environments and technological applications. He has previously held positions as Visiting Scientist and Program Director for Decision, Risk, and Management Sciences at the National Science Foundation, in Occupational Health Promotion (Johns Hopkins Med School), Human Resource Management (King's College) and Management Information Systems (St. Joseph's University) and visiting scholar at University of Nevada - Reno. His research has appeared in American Psychologist, IEEE Transactions, JABA, JOBM, JAP, OB&HDP and his most recent book is Consumer Behavior Analysis: (A)Rational Approach to Consumer Choice (with Victoria Wells).

Behavioral scientists have much to offer, and much to gain from being involved in federal research funding. The National Science Foundation funds basic and applied research in many areas of interest to behavior analysts. In general, funded research advances theory and has substantial broader impacts beyond the results of the research itself. This presentation reviews the proposal and review process including the criteria of intellectual merit and broader impact, highlights opportunities in Decision, Risk & Management Sciences, and describes three funding mechanisms that may be of special interest: dissertation improvement grants for doctoral students; CAREER grants for early-career behavioral scientists; and research in undergraduate institutions (RUI) grants for faculty at undergraduate colleges and universities.The presentation finishes with suggestions for raising the profile of Behavior Analytic Science in this realm.

Target Audience:

Applied and basic researchers interested in securing NSF funding.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the presentation, participants will be able to: (1) explain and describe the federal funding process at NSF; (2) identify multiple funding opportunities and mechanisms for behavior analysis research; (3) describe how to promote the science of behavior analysis to federal funding agencies.



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