The National Committee of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists supports and encourages members to undertake research projects in the scholarship and practice of clinical psychology. The College’s Research Grants Award seeds projects that focus on gaps in the literature. This aim is consistent with the College’s commitment to the professional and scientific development of clinical psychology.

Administration of the Award

  1. The National Committee of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists is responsible for administering and funding the Award
  2. The National Committee of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists will appoint a Selection Committee of three (3) College Members or Academic Members to be responsible for selecting an appropriate Award winner
  3. The Selection Committee may recommend up to two Awards if there are projects of sufficient merit
  4. If any member of the Selection Committee has a conflict of interest with a specific application, they will not take part in reviewing that application. External colleagues may be asked to review applications if conflicts of interest make it difficult finding an adequate number of reviewers with relevant expertise
  5. Recommendations for funding will be made by the Selection Committee to the Board for final and non-negotiable approval
  6. Proof that the Awardee has human ethical approval to conduct the proposed research will be required prior to the release of the Award funds

Eligibility

  1. The chief investigator must hold the grade of Member or higher of the APS, and must hold the grade of Member of the APS College of Clinical Psychologists
  2. The research project must be on one of two areas of investigation:
    1. The scholarship of learning and teaching (SOLT) of clinical psychology
      • SOLT research in clinical psychology relates to the inquiry of how trainers (e.g., university staff, supervisors, program directors, workshop facilitators) can better enable learning in clinical psychology students and trainees. Such research may focus on the implementation, evaluation, and/or dissemination of innovative teaching methods, supervision practices, and technologies in clinical training
    2. Research/evaluation outcomes conducted by practitioners on assessments, interventions and/or practice implementations in clinical settings\
      • Practice-based Research in clinical psychology involves an evaluation of practice of clinical psychology to contribute to the clarification of clinical gaps in the research literature. Examples of such research are those that evaluate outcomes of practice, investigate mechanisms of treatment outcomes, and assess the implementation and/or feasibility of novel treatment methods or programs. Such research is conducted by practitioners in practice based settings (e.g., private practice, hospital, clinics) rather than in laboratories
  3. The Awardees will agree to submit, within 12 months of receiving the Award, a written report to the College Committee on the implementation and outcomes of the research, and on the expenditure of funds
  4. Awardees will agree to present the results of their work at a College Conference within two years from the receipt of the Award, if requested by the College Committee.
  5. Awardees must agree to submit the research findings for publication within two years from the receipt of the Award

Nomination process

  1. Nominations will be called for annually by a notice in the College Newsletter, the bulk emails system and other relevant publications
  2. Nominations must be received by the Administrator, APS Colleges via  colleges@psychology.org.au by the advertised due date
  3. Research Grant Award applications must be submitted using the Research Grant Application Form available on the College website or by contacting colleges@psychology.org.au. The Application Form requires the Award applicant to agree to the eligibility requirements as stated above and provide the following information:
    1. Name of researchers involved in proposal (Chief Investigator/s, Contact details of chief investigator/s
    2. Project Title: (50 words maximum)
    3. Research Proposal Aims and Summary (200 words maximum in lay language)
    4. How the proposal meets the funding eligibility criteria (300 words maximum)
    5. Project timelines (150 words maximum)
    6. Research Background and Plan (600 words maximum)
    7. Budget & Justification (200 words maximum)
    8. Role of investigators, inclusive of Chief Investigator, (100 words maximum)

Selection criteria

  1. Demonstrating a fit with the eligibility categories
  2. Agreement to the reporting requirements
  3. Scientific rigor of the proposed research design
  4. Implications for translation of the research into clinical practice and/or training
  5. Completion of the project will be within a year, and
  6. Demonstration that the research findings could lead to further research and grant applications

Value of the award

  1. The successful Awardee will receive up to $3,000 towards the implementation of the proposed research project
  2. The Award funds are not for indirect or institutional costs or conference travel
  3. The name(s) of successful Awardee(s) will be announced in InPsych
  4. The name(s) of successful Awardee(s) and the title of the research project will be listed on the College of Clinical Psychologists webpage

Closing date

Nominations close on 31 March

Previous winners

2016

Jane Scott, Katie Bunch & Keong Yap, Australian Catholic University 
Title: Implementation and evaluation of a self-practice/self-reflection Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy training program for clinical psychology masters students

Anne Gannoni & Reg Nixon, Flinders University
Title: Validation of a psychosocial screening tool for paediatric burns patients