The Andrew Billingsley African American Families
Pilot Research Program
Pictured at a recent reception honoring Dr. Andrew Billingsley are Dr. Kathleen Hayes, Director of the Institute for Families in Society, with (L-R) Dr. Shauna Cooper (2011 recipient of the Billingsley Award), Professor Emeritus Dr. Andrew Billingsley, Dr. Rhonda White-Johnson (2012 recipient of the Billingsley Award), and Dr. Ana Lòpez-De Fede, Director of the IFS' Division of Policy and Research on Medicaid and Medicare.
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By name and focus, the program pays tribute to the work of Distinguished Professor Emeritus Dr. Andrew Billingsley whose extensive body of professional research has brought important focus to African American families. During his tenure at USC, Dr, Billingsley served as the Senior Scholar in Residence at the Institute for Families in Society and we are honored to make this opportunity possible for those who are conducting research in the same areas of scholarly pursuit in which he has so tirelessly focused his work and writing
ABOUT THE AWARD
In keeping with its research mission, the Institute for Families in Society is proud to support a funding opportunity for innovative, family-based research, the Andrew Billingsley African American Families Pilot Research Program. The first recipient of this award was selected in December 2010.
Purpose: The purpose of the Institute for Families in Society Andrew Billingsley Pilot Research Program is to facilitate interdisciplinary research and scholarship on the African American family.
Who is Eligible: Junior tenure track or junior research faculty are eligible to apply. Senior faculty may be included as collaborators if needed. The junior faculty member must play a key and central role in the conduct of the project and in the pursuit of extramural funding and/or publications based on the project.
For What: The intent is to support pilot research for the development and submission of extramural research grant proposals and publications that address issues related to African American families. The project should result in the submission of an extramural research grant or publication within 12-15 months from the start of the support funding.
Pilot research activities can include any research that strengthens the grant application (e.g., small controlled studies; collection of observation or descriptive data; access to databases for secondary analyses; feasibility demonstration or testing of a methodology, procedure, or measure; etc.).
Appropriate Expenditures: This support can be used for a wide variety of research-related expenditures such as (but not limited to) payment to participants, equipment, research supplies, data-collection assistance, purchase or reproduction of measures, and project research-related travel. If funds are used for a graduate assistant, this must be for work on the pilot project (and not for teaching or some other activity). Normally, the funds may not be used for: (a) faculty course buyout, faculty release time, or summer salary, or (b) travel to a conference to present a paper. The proposed budget should not include items that would ordinarily be covered by departmental support for active researchers and must be approved by the IFS Executive Committee.
Support Period: up to 12 months
Funding Range: $2,000 to $10,000 IFS funding
Return of Funds: If an external grant is funded as a result of the pilot work funded through this award, the amount funded by IFS must be restored to the IFS Andrew Billingsley African American Families Pilot Research Program.
Expectations: Award recipients are expected to credit IFS funding in publications or written materials resulting from the research study. Awardees will participate in IFS sponsored activities aimed at the dissemination of the Andrew Billingsley African American Families Pilot Research Program. The project will be published on the IFS website and IFS must be given credit on any journal submissions or extramural grants.
- Relevance to African-American families and the work of Dr. Billingsley
- Potential significance of proposed work
- Quality of the proposal (e.g., clearly stated purpose and goals, sound conceptual basis and methodology)
- Appropriateness of the budget
- Not connected to current funding
- Potential to future funding