The Society for Research in Child Development is pleased to announce the availability of small grants to support pilot or small-scale research projects by early career scholars (5 years or less since completion of terminal degree). 

Supporting the Next Generation of Scholars
The years immediately following completion of the terminal degree are critical for scholars launching their own independent program of research. However, availability of funding to initiate exploratory, pilot, or extension research on which a new research program can build, varies depending on the position and institution of the researcher. One facet of SRCD’s strategic goals is capacity building – supporting the next generation of scholars is fundamental to building capacity for the future of developmental science.  This new Small Grants Program for Early Career Scholars, along with SRCD’s dissertation funding awards, reflects SRCD’s commitment to supporting the scholarship of tomorrow’s leaders.  This Small Grants Program replaces the previous program of small grants to fund research planning activities (workshops, conferences, etc.).

Grants of up to $7,500 are available on a competitive basis for research projects conducted by SRCD Early Career Members who have completed their degrees in the past five years, regardless of their appointment, institution or country of residence.  The funding priorities for these grants include a proposed project that:

  1. Exemplifies exceptional scientific merit;
  2. Will contribute to the applicant’s competitiveness for external funding and/or career development; and
  3. Furthers SRCD’s strategic priorities including support for diversity, international, and interdisciplinary perspectives. 

Eligibility and Evaluation Criteria
Applicants must be SRCD members conducting child development research and must have completed the terminal degree no earlier than 2013 and/or will have completed the degree no later than June 1, 2018. Proposals are welcome from eligible applicants regardless of the nature of the appointment (faculty, post-doc, research scientist, etc.), type of institution, or country of residence, provided that the employer has the infrastructure to oversee fund dispersal and IRB/IACUC (or equivalent) review.  Proposals are due by 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018.

Proposals from eligible applicants (see above) will be reviewed for:

  1. Scientific merit (including degree of innovation and feasibility);
  2. Impact of the funds on the applicant’s research program/professional development; and
  3. Relevance of proposed activity to SRCD’s strategic priorities of fostering diversity, international, and/or multidisciplinary perspectives. 

Proposal Materials:

  1. Application form (Word format),
  2. Description of Proposed Research (max 1000 words plus references) including:
    - overview of research question, motivation, and hypotheses,
    - description of method or approach,
    - planned activity with the small grant,
    - anticipated impact of the grant (e.g., pilot data for a grant proposal, publishable manuscript; placement or promotion of the applicant), and
    - relevance of proposed activity to SRCD’s strategic priorities.
  3. Itemized Budget and Budget Justification
  4. CV

Due Date:  Proposals must be submitted by 5:00pm EST on Friday, March 30, 2018.  Application materials should be emailed to scholar[at] Decisions will be made, and notifications sent out by May 15, 2018. All components of the proposal package must be received for the proposal to be reviewed.


  • Can I apply for funds to support a secondary data analysis project?
    Proposals to conduct secondary data analysis are welcome. Be sure to justify the expenses associated with the analysis (e.g., staff effort, database access) in the budget and budget justification.
  • Is there a limit on the number of proposals I can submit?
    We can accommodate only one proposal per scholar.
  • My colleague(s) and I are all early career investigators, may we submit a joint proposal?
    Absolutely! Multiple early career scholars per submission welcome.  Include all CVs along with the proposal, and be sure to address the potential contribution of the grant to each person’s professional development.
  • Can these funds be used to pursue a research training experience, a visit to another lab, or a collaboration-planning meeting?
    This funding mechanism is dedicated exclusively to supporting specific research projects and can not be used for training experiences or collaboration planning.
  • Are indirect costs allowable or required for this proposal?
    No, we are a research society, not a funding organization.  Indirect costs are not allowable.

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