The availability of all awards is contingent upon the receipt of adequate funding.

Request for Applications - Deadline: March 16, 2015

The AACAP Pilot Research Award for Child Psychiatry Residents and Junior Faculty offers $15,000 for child and adolescent psychiatry residents and junior faculty who have an interest in beginning a career in child and adolescent mental health research. By providing awards to child and adolescent psychiatry junior faculty members or residents for pilot research programs, we support these young investigators at a critical stage, encouraging future careers in child and adolescent psychiatry research. Recipients have the opportunity to submit a poster presentation on their research for AACAP’s 63rd Annual Meeting in New York, NY, October 24 - 29, 2016. The award also includes the cost of attending the AACAP Annual Meeting for five days.

Award Requirements

  • Candidates must be board eligible/certified in child and adolescent psychiatry, or enrolled in a child psychiatry residency or fellowship program.

  • Candidates must have a faculty appointment in an accredited medical school or be in a fully accredited child and adolescent psychiatry clinical research or training program.

  • At the time of application, candidates may not have more than two years’ experience following graduation from residency/fellowship training.

  • Candidates must not have any previous significant, individual research funding in the field of child and adolescent mental health. These include the following: NIMH/NIH Funding (Small Grants, R-01) or similar foundation or industry research funding. Candidates who have received or are currently receiving "T32" funding support are eligible to apply.

  • Candidates must either be AACAP members or have a membership application pending (not paid by the award) and agree to submit a poster presentation on his or her research for AACAP’s 63rd Annual Meeting in New York, NY, October 24 – 29, 2016.

Application Guidelines

  • Application Form

  • A letter of intent, no more than seven pages (single spaced, no less than 12 pt. font and 1'' margins), including four pages of research protocol, a one page detailed project timeline, one page budget and justification, and one page addressing the inclusion or exclusion of women and minorities. (References may exceed the page limit).
    1. The research protocol should include the following sections: significance and specific aims, hypotheses, background and rationale, and a research plan (including data analysis plan). Research may be pre-clinical, epidemiological, or clinical.
    2. The detailed project timeline should list tentative dates of all procedures for the proposed research project. These include but are not limited to: data collection processes, analysis of results, and final report writing.
    3. The budget should contain sufficient detail so that each item can be separately judged. Computer related items (e.g., personal computers, printers, modems, etc.) are extremely unlikely to receive budget approval. No salary support for the principal investigator will be provided. No indirect costs for the institution will be provided. Typical budget items may include but are not limited to: subject honoraria and travel expenses, instrumentation costs, assay and lab test costs, and/or payment to research assistants.
    4. If women or minorities will not be included, detailed justification of the rationale for their exclusion is mandatory. Such exclusion may lower enthusiasm for the proposal.

  • A letter of support from section chief or department chair.

  • A letter of support from the proposed mentor.

  • Candidate's current curriculum vitae.

  • Letter detailing any current research funding (role on project, title, type of project, and source of funds).

(Human and Animal Subjects must be verified at time of award and do not need to be included with the application.)

Program Format
Award recipients are encouraged to work with a child and adolescent psychiatric investigator with expertise in their particular area of interest. Work must be completed within one year of receipt of the award. Submission of the pilot data is due in June 2016. Funding is up to $15,000 beginning on August 1, 2015 and ending November 1, 2016 (the time the award-funded research is presented at the 2016 AACAP Annual Meeting). Any unused funds must be returned to the AACAP. All awardees are expected to attend any required events at the Annual Meeting at the AACAP’s discretion.

AACAP has the right to waive informalities.

Application Deadline
All completed applications and attachments must be submitted by March 16, 2015.

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For more information contact the Department of Research, Training, and Education at 202.587.9664, or research@aacap.org.

Click here for a list of the 2012 and 2013 AACAP Pilot Research Award Recipients and their projects.