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ARPA-E New Funding Opportunity Announcement

ARPA-E has released a Funding Opportunity Announcement for its newest program, Traveler Response Architecture using Novel Signaling for Network Efficiency in Transportation (TRANSNET). The program aims to optimize energy efficiency in multimodal, urban transportation networks (e.g., personal vehicles, buses, light rail, etc.).

Transportation systems are responsible for more than 25% of domestic energy use, but currently no one is exploring holistic solutions to optimizing energy use throughout the entire network. Project teams funded through TRANSNETs will initially focus on designing simulations to demonstrate the potential impact of network optimization for energy efficiency and on designing appropriate network control architectures.

The deadline to submit a Concept Paper for TRANSNET is 5 p.m. EST on Monday, December 22, 2014. Additional information, including the full Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) and how to find project teaming partners, is available on ARPA-E’s online application portal, ARPA-E eXCHANGE.

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5-Day Course on “Strengthening Causal Inference in Behavioral Obesity Research”

APS Fellow David Allison and Kevin Fontaine will be hosting a 5-day short course on “Strengthening Causal Inference in Behavioral Obesity Research” at the University of Alabama at Birmingham from July 20, 2015–July 24, 2015.

Identifying causal relations among variables is fundamental to science. Obesity is a major problem for which much progress in understanding, treatment, and prevention remains to be made. Understanding which social and behavioral factors cause variations in adiposity and which other factors cause variations is vital to producing, evaluating, and selecting intervention and prevention strategies. In addition, developing a greater understanding of obesity’s causes requires input from diverse disciplines including statistics, economics, psychology, epidemiology, mathematics, philosophy, and in some cases behavioral or statistical genetics. However, applying techniques from these disciplines does not involve routine well-known “cookbook” approaches but requires an understanding of the underlying principles, so the investigator can tailor approaches to specific and varying situations.…

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National Institutes of Health Announce Intent to Publish 4 Funding Opportunity Announcements

The National Institutes of Health Science of Behavior Change (SOBC) Common Fund Program intends to support a collaborative research infrastructure involving an interdisciplinary team of basic and clinical scientists to develop the foundation for an experimental medicine approach to behavior change. Research funded is meant to support activities focused on behavior change targets. The links below provide more detailed information about each individual initiative.

Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Science of Behavior Change: Assay Development and Validation for Self-Regulation Targets Research supported by this UH2/UH3 Cooperative Agreement FOA is meant to focus on behavior change targets in the domain of self-regulation. The first application due date is March 2015. Notice of Intent to Publish a Funding Opportunity Announcement for Science of Behavior Change: Assay Development and Validation for Stress Reactivity and Stress Resilience Targets Research supported by this UH2/UH3 Cooperative Agreement…

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The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project

Request for Proposals: EXTENDED DEADLINE

The Self, Motivation & Virtue Project

Marquette University, with a generous grant from the Templeton Religion Trust, is pleased to announce a new research initiative on the topics of the self, motivation, and virtue. Approximately ten research proposals at $190,000 each will be funded through this initiative.

Awards are intended to support research from September 1, 2015 through May 31, 2017 (two academic years and one summer). Letters of Intent are due no later than December 1, 2014. (This is extended from the original November 15 deadline.) Full proposals are by invitation only, and are due no later than June 1, 2015.

The grant competition has four primary aims:

(1) To support innovative research on the self, motivation, and virtue.

(2) To encourage methodological innovation in the study of the self, motivation, and virtue.

(3) To encourage interdisciplinary team work, specifically between social science and…

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International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology

The International Conference on Traffic and Transport Psychology will be held 2–5 August 2016 in Brisbane, Australia. For more information, visit icttp2016.com.

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Memrise Prize Aimed at Spurring Innovations in Language Learning

Memrise_webDavid Shanks and Rosalind Potts, scientists in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences at University College London, United Kingdom, have teamed up with the online learning community Memrise to tackle an age-old problem: how to learn a new language — fast.

The $10,000 Memrise Prize challenges contestants to “create the most powerful methodology for memorizing new information.” Contestants will devise a 1-hour learning program to teach English speakers previously unfamiliar Lithuanian vocabulary. Those programs that perform well against a control method will pass to the next round of the contest to be reviewed by independent judges, including experts on memory and neuroscience.

Entries selected as finalists by the expert judges will…

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Noba Psychology: 2015 Student Video Award

The 2015 Student Video Award gives college students a chance to engage in active, creative learning by making short videos about important concepts in psychology. The most outstanding entries will become part of the Noba digital textbook to be viewed by other psychology students around the world. The focus in 2015 is Social Influence. We challenge students to choose a central concept from one of the online modules below and bring it to life in engaging and memorable ways.

Noba will award $6,000 for the top honor and $3,000 and $1,000 awards for the second and third place submissions, respectively. There will also be Honorable Mention awards for particularly worthy submissions that do not win any of the top three awards.

Contest deadline is March 27, 2015. For complete contest details, visit the following URL: nobaproject.com/student-video-award

 

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45th Annual EABCT Congress

The European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies (EABCT) will take place in Jerusalem, Israel, on August 31–September 3, 2015. The Congress Topic is “CBT: A Road to Hope and Compassion for People in Conflict.” For more information, visit www.isas.co.il/eabct2015.

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SRCD Policy Fellowships for 2015-2016

Call for Applications

The Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) is seeking applicants for SRCD Policy Fellowships for 2015–2016. There are two types of fellowships: Congressional and Executive Branch. Both types of fellowships provide researchers with exciting opportunities to come to Washington, DC, and use their research skills in child development to inform public policy. Fellows work as resident scholars within congressional or federal agency offices. Fellowships are full-time immersion experiences and run from September 1, 2015, through August 31, 2016. The SRCD Office for Policy and Communications in Washington, DC. facilitates the fellowship experience and is available as a resource throughout the year.

Fellowship Goals

(1) To contribute to the effective use of scientific knowledge in developing public policy (2) To educate the scientific community about the development of public policy (3) To establish a more effective liaison between scientists and the federal policy-making mechanisms

Fellows represent various…

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22nd Annual RAND Summer Institute

22nd Annual RAND Summer Institute, July 6–9, 2015, Santa Monica, CA. Two conferences addressing critical issues facing our aging population: Mini-Medical School for Social Scientists; Workshop on the Demography, Economics, Psychology, and Epidemiology of Aging. Interested researchers can apply for financial support covering travel and accommodations. Click for more information and the application form. Application deadline is March 16, 2015.

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Call for Papers: 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention

The 28th World Congress of the International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP) will be held in Montreal, Canada, June 16–20, 2015. This biannual event, sponsored by the World Health Organization, is the world’s largest gathering of researchers, practitioners, helpline workers, program planners, graduate students and persons concerned with suicide bereavement. Over 700 persons from different disciplines around the world will meet to discuss new discoveries and technologies in suicide prevention. The official languages are English and French and there will be simultaneous translation for all plenary sessions and a selection of parallel sessions.

The congress theme, New discoveries and Technologies in Suicide Prevention, highlights the innovative topics, but the congress will also cover a full range of research and interventions in suicide prevention, with multidisciplinary perspectives, from biology and genetics to psychology and anthropology and suicide in the cinema.

The 2nd announcement and call for papers, symposia, and workshops are…

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NSF Proposals for I/UCRCs in Areas Relevant to the Forensic Sciences

The National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) have partnered as co-sponsors to welcome proposals for establishment of Industry/University Cooperative Research Centers in areas relevant to the forensic sciences. With permission from the Principal Investigator (PI), NIJ will share in evaluation of forensics-related I/UCRC proposals, and may co-sponsor successful proposals.

The I/UCRC program develops long-term partnerships among industry, academia, and government. The centers are catalyzed by a small investment from NSF; their research is primarily funded by center members, with NSF playing a supporting role in the development and evolution of the center. These sponsorship roles can be shared by NSF and NIJ for forensics-relevant I/UCRCs, providing additional valuable perspective.

Proposals are welcome on a range of topics relevant to the forensic sciences. Examples of center foci that would be considered relevant and of interest include but are not limited to: human judgment and decision making…

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Stimulating Research Related to the Science of Broadening Participation

Building on previous investments, the Directorate for Social, Behavioral & Economic Sciences (SBE) and the Directorate for Education & Human Resources (EHR) announce their interest in stimulating research related to the Science of Broadening Participation (SBP). The Science of Broadening Participation will employ the theories, methods, and analytic techniques of the social, behavioral, economic, and learning sciences to better understand the barriers that hinder and factors that enhance our ability to broaden participation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The results of these efforts will inform approaches to increase the access and involvement of underrepresented groups in STEM and to strengthen our national STEM capabilities and competitive advantage. Ultimately, the SBP research will provide scientific evidence that STEM educators, STEM employers, and policy makers need to make informed decisions and to design effective programs and interventions. In fiscal year 2014, SBE and EHR will partner to support SBP research…

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Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) Competition Seeks Submissions

Since 2010, the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (NSF/SBE) has provided matching funds for core SBE programs to facilitate their support of interdisciplinary research projects reviewed independently or coreviewed by multiple programs. The Interdisciplinary Behavioral and Social Science Research (IBSS) competition seeks to support research conducted by behavioral and social scientists as collaborating members of teams that come from multiple disciplines, who engage in integrated research that employs methods and techniques from multiple disciplines, and whose results are likely to enhance theories and/or methodological approaches or have other stimulating and/or catalytic impact across a range of disciplinary fields.

The IBSS competition invites proposals for two different kinds of projects:

IBSS Large Interdisciplinary Research Projects. Large interdisciplinary research projects may be supported by awards as large as $1 million. Budgets should be developed at scales appropriate for the project to be conducted. Most projects will extend…

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Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) Pilot Seeks Proposals

The Integrated NSF Support Promoting Interdisciplinary Research and Education (INSPIRE) pilot seeks to support bold interdisciplinary projects in all NSF-supported areas of science, engineering, and education research. INSPIRE has no targeted themes and serves as a funding mechanism for proposalsthat are required both to be interdisciplinary and to exhibit potentially transformative research (IDR and PTR, respectively). Complementing existing NSF efforts, INSPIRE was created to handle proposals whose:

Scientific advances lie outside the scope of a single program or discipline, such that substantial funding support from more than one program or discipline is necessary. Lines of research promise transformational advances. Prospective discoveries reside at the interfaces of disciplinary boundaries that may not be recognized through traditional review or coreview.

Proposals meeting INSPIRE criteria will be considered for funding on any NSF-supported topic and may be submitted after August 1, 2014. Awards will generally support an individual principal investigation or a small…

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The Good Judgment Project Seeks Participants

The Good Judgment Project is a 4-year research study begun in mid-2011 and organized as part of a government-sponsored forecasting tournament. The GJP is looking for people around the world who might value participating in a massive forecasting tournament, either as question generators, as forecasters, or as both. To volunteer as a forecaster, click here. Those who would rather serve as subject matter experts and assist with identifying the key properties of forecasting questions can complete the survey here. The tournament will begin on August 20.

Forecasting Tournaments: Tools for Increasing Transparency and Improving the Quality of Debate Philip E. Tetlock, Barbara A. Mellers, Nick Rohrbaugh, and Eva Chen

 

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American Philosophical Society Announces Grants

The American Philosophical Society has announced two grants for the 2014–2015 school year.

The Franklin Research Grant is a collection of small grants to scholars intended to support the cost of research leading to publication in all areas of knowledge. The Franklin program is particularly designed to help meet the cost of travel to libraries and archives for research purposes; the purchase of microfilm, photocopies or equivalent research materials; the costs associated with fieldwork; or laboratory research expenses. Applicants are expected to have a doctorate or to have published work of doctoral character and quality. PhD candidates are not eligible to apply, but the Society is especially interested in supporting the work of young scholars who have recently received the doctorate. Award amounts range from $1,000 to $6,000; deadlines are October 1 and December 1, with notification in January and March respectively.

The Lewis and Clark Fund encourages exploratory field…

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Conference to Focus on Milgram Paradigm

Milgram_call_Dec2014The Obedience to Authority Conference will be held December 9–11, 2014, in Kolomna, Russia. The conference will focus on discussion of research in the field of Stanley Milgram’s experimental obedience paradigm. Russian and international researchers with diverse academic backgrounds and career levels are encouraged to register. For more information, visit www.milgram.ru/en.

 

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4th European Conference on Symptom Validity Assessment

The 4th European Conference on Symptom Validity Assessment will be held June 11–12, 2015, in Maastricht, the Netherlands.  Visit www.tmfi.nl/symptomvalidity for more information.

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Inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS)

Inaugural International Convention of Psychological Science (ICPS) 12-14 March 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Call for Submissions Open Symposium Deadline: 17 September 2014 Poster Deadline: 30 September 2014

The Association for Psychological Science and the members of the Initiative for Integrative Psychological Science invite the international community of psychological scientists and related disciplines to a major new event: the International Convention of Psychological Science. ICPS attendees will hear the latest scientific findings across several broad themes, and through the unique pairing of symposia and methodological workshops, will learn valuable skills to further the body of knowledge in ways that are only possible through an integrative focus. ICPS speakers are among the world’s most distinguished…

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2015 APS Annual Convention

The 2015 APS Annual Convention will be held May 21-24, 2015, in New York City. Watch the APS Convention website for more details.

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SARMAC 11th Annual Meeting

The Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (SARMAC) 11th annual meeting will be held June 24–27, 2015, in Victoria, BC, Canada.  Visit www.sarmac.org/upcoming-conferences for more information. SARMAC welcomes submissions for papers, symposia, or posters in any area of applied research on memory and cognition (e.g., law, education, engineering, health/medicine, politics, marketing). Deadline for submissions is December 1, 2014. This is the photo of a dock in Victoria, British Columbia, along with the SARMAC logo.

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2015 National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology

The 37th Annual National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology, cosponsored by the Association for Psychological Science, the University of South Florida Department of Psychology, and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology will be held January 3–6, 2015, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Hotel, in St. Pete Beach, Florida. Registration is limited to 375 participants; early registration is highly recommended. Poster session proposals should be received by October 1, 2014, to guarantee space in the program, although later submissions will be considered if poster space remains available. The conference program includes four morning workshops on the first day, three poster sessions, three participant idea exchanges, social hours, book and software displays, and 30 featured speakers, well-known for their excellence in teaching psychology. The conference registration fee is $545, which will also include buffet breakfasts and lunches, refreshments at coffee breaks and poster sessions, and an evening reception. For more…

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