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New Exploration Grants will provide quick access to funding

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BEVERLY, Mass. – The Institute for Research on Gambling Disorders recently announced a restructuring of its competitive Project Grants program, which supports high-quality scientific research on gambling disorders. The newly restructured program will offer twice as many funding opportunities as in previous years. Approximately $350,000 will be available for the awards.

This process began Feb. 12 with the release of a funding announcement for new Exploration Grants, which will provide quick access to funding for small-scale research projects for researchers focused on gambling disorders. The institute is an independent program of the National Center for Responsible Gaming.

By offering additional funding opportunities, the restructured Project Grants program will help increase the number of researchers working in the field, encourage new investigators to explore gambling disorders and foster multidisciplinary collaboration. All research proposals submitted to the institute are reviewed by independent peer review panels of distinguished scientists in the field to ensure that only the highest quality research is funded.

“Since its inception in 1996, the Project Grants program has supported the highest-quality research on gambling disorders and played a significant role in the advancement of research in this field. The changes announced today represent a natural evolution of our existing program, further expanding opportunities for researchers and providing the critical support needed to ensure the continued growth of this field of study,” said Christine Reilly, executive director of the institute.

The changes to the Project Grants program are also intended to increase the number of gambling studies that are disseminated through high-impact conferences and peer-reviewed journals, as well as those that are developed into larger projects with support from the National Institutes of Health and other major funders.

Under the restructured Project Grants program, investigators from various disciplines and at all career levels will have the opportunity to apply for three different categories of grants including Exploration Grants, Seed Grants and Large Grants. Early-stage investigators – individuals who completed a terminal research degree or medical residency in the past 10 years – are particularly encouraged to apply. The overarching funding priority for grants awarded in 2010 is research on the prevention and treatment of gambling disorders.

The institute opened the application process for its Exploration Grants Feb. 12, which will provide recipients with $5,000 for one year. These grants are primarily meant to support the completion of pilot data or the pursuit of a new direction on a current research project. The application deadline for Exploration Grants is June 1, 2010. The institute expects to award approximately five Exploration Grants in 2010; applicants will be notified about funding decisions by July 1, 2010. Application requirements and instructions are available in the Project Grants section of the Institute’s Web site.

“The Exploration Grant’s concise application form allows for a brief review period, thereby providing quick access to grant funds,” said Dr. Linda Cottler, chair of the Institute and Scientific Advisory Board and professor of epidemiology in psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine. “In addition, a small amount of money can play a big role in launching new projects. We expect applicants to use Exploration Grants to strengthen their projects for future applications for larger grants from the institute and the National Institutes of Health.”

Funding announcements for Seed Grants and Large Grants will be available by March 1, 2010. Seed Grants will support small research projects that can be carried out in a short period of time with limited resources. Applicants for Seed Grants may request up to $25,000 in direct costs for a period not to exceed 12 months. Large Grants will support substantial research investigations in the field of gambling disorders. Applicants for Large Grants may request up to $75,000 per year in direct costs for a period not to exceed 24 months. The institute expects to award five Seed Grants in 2010 and between two and four Large Grants in 2010.

To learn more about the restructured Project Grants program, upcoming grant opportunities and research supported by the NCRG and the institute, visit the Web site.