Monthly Archives: July 2018

Meet our new Alumni Advisory Board!

We are proud to announce that we have successfully constituted our inaugural Alumni Advisory Board. They can be found here as part of our new website. We welcome them and are quite excited about working with them. Please remember that Friday, September 7, we will be hosting our alumni as part of the Open House programming, including a careers panel and more. Thank you to Vaishali for her hard work in pulling this together!

APA Graduate Student Awards: Dissertation and early student

Graduate students should consider applying for these awards or, if not currently eligible, filing it away for the future! Faculty, please encourage your talented students to apply!

APA Dissertation Research Awards and Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards: Call for applications

The Science Directorate of the American Psychological Association is managing two award programs for graduate student research in 2018. For both awards, applications are welcome from graduate students of psychology in any research specialty area. The application deadline for the Dissertation Research Award is Sept. 1, 2018, and the deadline for the Early Graduate Student Researcher Award is Sept. 14, 2018.

If you have questions, please contact the Science Directorate via email or by telephone at (202) 336-6000.

APA Dissertation Research Awards

The Dissertation Research Award assists science-oriented doctoral students of psychology with research costs. In 2018, APA will grant up to 30 awards of $1,000 each, as well as several awards of up to $5,000 each to students whose dissertation research reflects excellence in scientific psychology.

For more details about this award, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit the APA Dissertation Research Awards webpage.

Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards

The Early Graduate Student Research Award, sponsored by the APA Science Student Council, recognizes students who demonstrate outstanding research abilities early in their graduate training (i.e., research conducted within the first two years of doctoral study). Both overall research experience and specific completed research projects are considered in selecting awardees.

Up to three awards are given each year, drawn from basic science, applied science and interdisciplinary science areas. Each Early Graduate Student Research Award is in the amount of $1,000.

For more details about the awards, including eligibility requirements and application materials, visit the Early Graduate Student Researcher Awards webpage.

Updates on NIH clinical trial policy


Larry Tabak says that NIH has developed a plan to “address the shared interests of involved stakeholders” and that NIH was “prepared to move forward so that [they] can widely communicate the delayed enforcement and lenient implementation described in the plan.”

NIH’s plan to address the concerns about the reach of the clinical trials policies looks very promising, but of course, the devil is in the details, and many of those details are not yet known. Here’s what we know:

(1)  NIH will delay enforcement of a registration and reporting system for basic science involving humans until July 1, 2019.

(2)  NIH will allow scientists to register and report their basic science research involving humans through other portals such as Open Science. Eventually, NIH will pull data elements from these portals in order to track what they fund and comply with their own reporting requirements to Congress.

(3)  A Request for Information (RFI) will be released soon so that NIH can get feedback on what reporting standards are appropriate for the range of basic science research involving humans. FABBS will respond, and we welcome input from our member societies and affiliates. Once the RFI is released, we will share it with you and seek your input.

(4)  NIH will be “flexible” and “lenient” with regard to enforcement of other clinical trial policies for basic science. Although NIH’s plan is not specific, presumably this applies to the requirements that basic scientists whose research was defined as a clinical trial respond only to clinical trial FOAs and take good clinical practice training. NIH had previously told us that Review would not change for basic scientists responding to a clinical trial FOA. We would welcome feedback from our community about the last two review cycles, although NIH’s new plan may also alleviate the concerns.

(5)  NIH will issue a Basic Science Parent FOA by October 30, 2018. We will interact with NIH over the coming months regarding this since it will be important to our sciences as the policies evolve.

What is still uncertain is how NIH will define basic science vs. a clinical trial. The plan itself references “basic science trials,” “public health trials,” and “prospective interventional human trials.” We will continue to interact with NIH to ensure that the definition of a clinical trial does not continue to capture basic science research involving humans.

For now, we consider NIH’s plan and engagement with us to be a very promising step. In addition, NIH’s plan (to be described in a NIH Guide Notice, which we will circulate to you) to be flexible and lenient in its implementation of the clinical trial policies as they relate to basic science studies should provide some reassurance to the basic science communities that FABBS represents.

CAS Curriculum committee call

Renee Baernstein is looking for one more social science member on CAS curriculum committee, and there are currently no members from PSY; she writes:

I would like your help with nominations from your department/program for one person to serve on the CAS Curriculum Committee to complete the remaining 2 years of a 3-year term. The appointment will begin this fall. We already have two reps for social science (from SPA and GEO, respectively) and are seeking a third from another Social Science department. All continuing faculty (tenure-line and lecturers/clinical) are eligible.

The person would need to be able to make the following 1-hour meeting times:

Tuesday – August 28, 1:30

Monday – September 10 3:00

Tuesday – September 25 1:30

Monday – October 8 3:00

Tuesday – October 23 1:30

Monday – November 5 3:00

Tuesday – November 27 1:30

Please contact her directly and also let me know if you would be willing to fulfill this important service.