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NCRG Announces Availability of $1.5 Million in Research Grants

by: NCRG Staff | Jan 31, 2012

The National Center for Responsible Gaming is pleased to announce it has allocated more than $1.5 million for grants in support of research on prevention and treatment of gambling disorders in 2012. This is the largest amount of research dollars allocated for project grants in the organization’s 15-year history. The grants, ranging from $1,500 to $402,500, will be awarded on a competitive basis.

Researchers from the fields of psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, public health, sociology, economics, neuroscience are encouraged to apply for the different levels of grants that the NCRG is funding in 2012. Applicants can propose studies 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.

Below are the grant categories that are accepting applications:

Project Grant Awards

Applicants may seek one-year Exploration ($10,000/year) and Seed ($25,000/year) Grants to fund pilot data, a new direction on an existing project, secondary analysis of existing data, or small, self-contained research projects. Applications for these grants will be accepted on an ongoing basis throughout 2012. Large Grants of up to $75,000 in direct costs per year for two years are available for more extensive research projects. Letters of intent for Large Grants are due March 1, 2012, and full applications are due July 2, 2012. .

Career Development Awards

The career development awards include Postdoctoral Fellowships, offering up to $43,000/year for one year and intended for researchers within five years of their terminal degree, and Early Stage Investigator Grants, offering $30,000/year and intended for investigators within 10 years of their terminal degree. The $40,000 per year Independent Scientist award,  for investigators who already have independent, peer reviewed research support, will offer support for two years. Applications for all three of these grant categories are due May 1, 2012. In addition, Travel Grants of $1,500 will be offered to early career researchers presenting a poster or paper related to disordered gambling at scientific conferences in 2012 and 2013. Travel grant applications are accepted throughout the year.

Special Initiative: The NCRG Centers of Excellence

The purpose of the NCRG Centers of Excellence in Gambling Research Grants program is to advance the understanding of gambling disorders through innovative, multidisciplinary research investigations, enhance the dissemination of research findings to the public and mentor the next generation of gambling researchers. The center grants provide $350,000 in direct costs for a three-year period. Applicants whose letters of intent are accepted on March 1, 2012 will be allowed to submit full applications on July 2, 2012.

For more information and to download the announcements and application forms, visit the NCRG’s Research Center. You can also learn more about past and current NCRG-funded research projects by viewing the NCRG-funded research section of the NCRG’s website.

Questions, comments or wonderful research project ideas? Please let us know in the comments section below.

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