BEVERLY, MASS. – The National Center for Responsible Gaming (NCRG) today announced it has allocated $950,000 in 2013 for grants in support of research on the prevention and treatment of gambling disorders. The NCRG, the largest private source of funding in the U.S. for investigations of gambling disorders, has been awarding competitive research grants on gambling disorders and youth gambling since 1996. This year, the research grants will be awarded in four previously awarded categories: Travel Grants (up to $1,500 for one year); Seed Grants (up to $25,000 for one year); Early Stage Investigator Grants (up to $65,000 per year for two years) and Large Grants (up to $75,000 per year for two years).
Additionally, the NCRG will offer an Addiction Fellowship ($85,000 per year for two years) to support postdoctoral research training to help prepare qualified individuals for careers that will have a significant impact on the understanding and treatment of gambling disorders. This marks the first year that the NCRG will offer this type of grant funding specifically tailored for M.D.s and clinical Ph.D.s.
“The NCRG is pleased to be in a position to offer such high levels of grant funding in 2013,” said Christine Reilly, senior research director of the NCRG. “This year, we are excited to offer the Addiction Fellowship, which is the first fellowship of its kind in this field and will further help to translate research to practice.”
The NCRG is committed to a multi-disciplinary approach and, therefore, welcomes applications from investigators in psychology, psychiatry, epidemiology, public health, sociology, economics, neuroeconomics, neuroscience and other relevant disciplines. The organization is especially interested in research investigations that develop and test psychosocial or pharmacological approaches for prevention, intervention, treatment and relapse prevention of gambling disorders. Funding is available in the following categories:
Travel Grants – The Travel Grants program supports the attendance of postdoctoral investigators presenting a poster or paper on gambling disorders research at a scientific meeting in either 2013 or 2014. Applicants may request up to $1,500 in direct costs per year, and the principal investigator may apply for one travel grant per cycle. Applications will be accepted throughout 2013.
Seed Grants – 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 (plus indirect costs of 15 percent of total direct costs) for a period not to exceed 12 months. Applications will be accepted throughout 2013.
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 $65,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs of 15 percent of total direct costs) for a period not to exceed 24 months. Applications are due May 1.
Large Grants – 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 (plus indirect costs of 15 percent of total direct costs) for a period not to exceed 24 months. Letters of intent are due March 1, and full applications from invited applicants are due June 3.
Addiction Fellowship – The NCRG will award research grants to eligible institutions for the support of two-year postdoctoral research training focused on gambling disorders. Training activities can be in basic biomedical or clinical sciences, behavioral or social sciences, health services research or in any other discipline relevant to the NCRG's mission. Priority will be given to research training for M.D. clinicians, but consideration will be given to programs training Ph.D. clinicians. Applicants may request up to $85,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs of 15 percent of total direct costs) per year for two years. Applications are due June 3.
The grants program is conducted under the direction of the NCRG’s Scientific Advisory Board, composed of leading scientists with expertise in the addictions and related fields. The Scientific Advisory Board is committed 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.
The NCRG is the only national organization exclusively devoted to funding research on gambling disorders. To learn more about the NCRG grants program and the impact of the research funded by the NCRG, visit www.ncrg.org. 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 on Facebook and Twitter.