Research funding allotment is the largest in the organization’s history
Jan 18, 2012
BEVERLY, MASS. – The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) today announced it has allocated more than $1.5 million for grants in support of research on the prevention and treatment of gambling disorders. This is the largest amount of research dollars allocated for project grants in the organization’s 15-year tenure. The grants will be awarded in seven categories: Travel Grants (up to $1,500 for one year); Exploration Grants (up to $10,000 for one year); Seed Grants (up to $25,000 for one year); Early Stage Investigator Grants (up to $30,000 for two years); Independent Scientist Grants (up to $40,000 for two years); Postdoctoral Fellowships (up to $43,000 for one year); and Large Grants (up to $75,000 per year for two years).
Additionally, the NCRG has issued a call for applications for its Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research (up to $350,000 for three years), which employ a long-term, institutional approach to conducting innovative and multidisciplinary research and education.
“The NCRG is pleased to offer such a high level of funding in 2012 to support high-quality research that will help prevent, diagnose and treat gambling disorders,” said Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG. “The NCRG is the largest and only private source of funding in the U.S. for investigations of gambling disorders and has been awarding competitive research grants on gambling disorders and youth gambling since 1996. These grants will not only support seasoned researchers in the field, it but will also help to cultivate the next generation of investigators through additional career development funding opportunities.”
The NCRG’s competitive project grants program welcomes applications from researchers in psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, public health, sociology, economics, neuroscience and other relevant disciplines.
Grants are available in the following categories:
The Travel Grants program is intended to support the attendance of postdoctoral investigators at scientific meetings at which they will present a paper or poster on gambling research. Applicants may request up to $1,500 in direct costs per year. Applications will be accepted throughout 2012.
The Exploration Grants program provides quick access to funding for researchers. Applicants may request up to $10,000 in direct costs for a period not to exceed 12 months. Applications will be accepted throughout 2012.
The Seed Grants program supports small research projects that can be completed in one year. Applicants may request up to $25,000 in direct costs for a period not to exceed 12 months. Applications will be accepted throughout 2012.
Early Stage Investigator Grants
The Early Stage Investigator Grants program is intended to help ensure that a pool of highly trained scientists is available to address the research needs of the field of gambling disorders. Eligible applicants are within 10 years of completing their terminal research degree or within 10 years of completing medical residency. Applicants may request up to $30,000 in direct costs per year for a period not to exceed 24 months. Applications are due May 1, 2012.
Independent Scientist Grant
The Independent Scientist Grant program provides support for newly independent scientists who can demonstrate the need for a period of intensive research focus as a means to enhance their research careers. The grant is intended to foster the development of outstanding scientists and to enable them to expand their potential to make significant contributions to the field of gambling disorders. Applicants may request up to $40,000 in direct costs per year for 24 months. Applications are due May 1, 2012.
The Postdoctoral Fellowship program is intended to help ensure that a pool of highly trained scientists is available to address the research needs in the field of gambling disorders. Eligible applicants are within five years of completing their terminal research degree or within five years of completing medical residency. Applicants may request up to $43,000 in direct costs for a period not to exceed 12 months. Applications are due May 1, 2012.
The Large Grants program provides up to two years of support for discrete, specified, circumscribed research projects related to gambling disorders. Applicants may request up to $75,000 in direct costs per year for a period not to exceed 24 months. Letters of intent are due March 1, 2012, and full applications are due July 2, 2012.
Request for Applications: Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research
The purpose of the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research program is to advance the understanding of gambling disorders through innovative, multidisciplinary research investigations, and enhance the dissemination of research findings to the public. These grants are intended to provide funding for a stable, long-term institutional focus on a complex set of gambling-related problems. Recipients will be required to involve young investigators in conducting the research. Applicants may request up to a total of $350,000 in direct costs for a period not to exceed 36 months. Letters of intent are due March 1, 2012, and full applications are due July 2, 2012.
Proposed research investigations in all categories may focus on a broad range of research that develops and tests psychosocial or pharmacological approaches for prevention, intervention, treatment or relapse prevention of gambling disorders. The NCRG is especially interested in brief interventions targeted at underrepresented populations, such as minorities, young adults and persons with subclinical gambling disorders. Other priorities of the NCRG include the impact of Indian gaming, gambling and minorities, secondary data analysis and technology and gambling.
The competitive grants program is conducted under the direction the Scientific Advisory Board, composed of leading independent scientists with expertise in addictions and related fields and a commitment to ensuring the most rigorous standards in the selection of projects funded by the NCRG. The Scientific Advisory Board and the peer-review panels follow the National Institutes of Health criteria for scientific merit and peer-review procedures.
For more information about project grants and research supported by the NCRG, visit the NCRG’s online research center atwww.ncrg.org/research-center. To stay up-to-date on year-round educational opportunities and the latest news and issues in the field, visit the NCRG’s blog –Gambling Disorders 360°– and connect with the NCRG onFacebookandTwitter.