CYFC Call for Proposals for Research on Child Maltreatment

The CYFC announces a targeted Level 2 funding program designed to support Penn State interdisciplinary faculty teams for social and behavioral science research on child maltreatment. This special initiative is designed to support research projects with research questions targeted at child maltreatment, a well-conceived theoretical basis, an interdisciplinary team of Penn State faculty collaborators, and the potential to gain external funding. The SSRI/CYFC Steering Committee and relevant college Associate Deans will review these Level 2 proposals. A decision on funding is typically made 4-6 weeks from date of submission.

Tenure-track Penn State faculty members and research associates in the social and behavioral sciences at all career levels are eligible.

Financial Support Range
Up to $40,000 per award. We anticipate funding up to 3 projects.  Funds are allocated for a 12-24 month period.  For additional information, contact Dr. Joshua Smyth, SSRI/CYFC Associate Director

This special Level 2 initiative will provide financial support for:

  • Innovative interdisciplinary research, training, and integrated research-engagement projects on child maltreatment that involve collaborations of Penn State faculty
    • Innovative workgroups or conferences on the topic of child maltreatment that might include outside speakers and consultants.  Proposals for conferences must indicate the expected date and specify what other sources of conference funding have already been explored.
  • Travel, consultants, graduate student time, or hourly wages
      • Special guidelines for international travel
      • Funds will be provided for only one investigator
      • Funds will not be provided for graduate students
      • Proposals must include a letter of support from the international collaborator(s) outlining his/her role in the project
  • Salary replacement cost of $7,500 (replacement costs for one course buyout in consultation with the department head in the semester of proposal writing/submission)

Level 2 funds are NOT intended to support:

  • Student or post-doctoral research
  • New or ongoing projects of individual faculty or any on-going programs or research activities
  • Delivery of outreach programs or services
  • Funding for the kinds of activities supported by departments and colleges (travel to conferences, seed money for an individual's project, software purchase, etc.)
  • Summer salaries
  • Projects involving a Penn State faculty member and external collaborators only; our goal is to build and support Penn State teams

Criteria for Review

  • Priority is placed on new ideas for projects on child maltreatment that involve cross-department and/or cross-college (interdisciplinary) connections among Penn State faculty
  • A well articulated plan of activities
  • Proposals must make a clear contribution to the knowledge base on child maltreatment
  • Proposals must provide strong evidence for access to the population of interest
  • Proposals must identify a specific product (e.g., external grant proposal; workshop and conference; or training activities) and a timeline for its attainment

Structure and Submission of Proposals
Proposals must be submitted as one document via email to Projects are subject to IRB approval. To complete your proposal submission, you must download, complete, and email the forms below:

Proposal Submission Form (doc)

Progress Report
Awardees are required to provide a progress report at the end of the funding period, highlighting progress made and the plan and timeline for an external grant proposal.

If you have any questions about these funding opportunities, please contact:

Susan McHale, SSRI/CYFC Director - 814-865-2663

Joshua Smyth, SSRI/CYFC Associate Director

Note to Deans
Please email final proposals to