SDBP Research Grant

2023 Instructions
Link to informational webinar

2023 application process now closed. 2024 Application cycle will open next spring. 

The SDBP Research grant awards $10,000 each to 1-2 young investigators each year in the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics. This is an incredible opportunity for those looking to obtain financial support for their research, and just one way SDBP continues to fulfill its mission of encouraging research and promoting education within the field.

To be eligible for the SDBP Research Grant, applicants must be an SDBP member (or have a pending membership application), must not have any prior federal funding as a principal investigator, and must be NEW Investigators, defined as either: 1) faculty members who are no more than five years out from completion of all training (fellowship or post-doc); 2) clinical fellows (developmental-behavioral pediatrics and related fields); 3) post-doctoral fellows (psychology and related fields); or 4) senior residents already accepted to DBP fellowship programs (Note: other residents are NOT eligible).

The recipient(s) of the SDBP Research Grant will be recognized at the Annual Meeting and awarded a grant in the amount of $10,000 for one year.

The SDBP Research Grants would not be possible without the financial support and contributions from the SDBP membership. We thank those of you who have generously contributed. If you would like more information about contributing to SDBP or one of SDBP valuable programs, please visit our donations page on our website: SDBP Donations or you can Contact Us.

SDBP Member Career Awards

Member Career Awards - introduced in 2023!

2023 Recipients:

SDBP Early Career Award
Catherine Lipman, MD

SDBP Career Achievement Award
Mark Wolraich, MD

The goal of the SDBP Member Career Awards program is to honor SDBP members at different stages in their careers. Please read the criteria for each below before nominating a colleague or yourself!

SDBP Early Career Award
This award recognizes an early career member of SDBP making significant contributions in any combination of the following:

  1. Research
  2. Clinical Service
  3. Teaching/Education
  4. Advocacy (for children and/or for the field of DBP).

This award should promote the interdisciplinary work/membership of SDBP; encourage and nurture career development; and / or promote DEI in professional practice.  “Early career” is defined as within 7 years of completing training.

SDBP Mid Career Award
This award recognizes a mid-career member of SDBP making any combination of the following significant contributions in:

  1. Research
  2. Clinical Service
  3. Teaching/Education
  4. Advocacy (for children and/or for the field of DBP).

This award should promote the interdisciplinary work/membership of SDBP; encourage and nurture career development; promote DEI; have a recognizable body of work.

The nominee may be defined as mid-career by any of the following evidence:

  • More than 7 but less than 20 years since completion of training/highest terminal degree OR
  • Rank of Instructor or Assistant/Associate Professor (or equivalent) OR
  • Other evidence of early to mid-career status – please describe why the nominee qualifies as early to mid-career, if not explicitly by one of the criteria above

SDBP Career Achievement Award
This award recognizes a member of SDBP who has made outstanding contributions to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics over the course of a career (>20 years after completing training).

Significant contributions may include any combination of the following:

  • leadership in a national or international organization (SDBP and other organizations)
  • development of a program or product with high impact that is widely implemented
  • establishment / expansion of developmental and behavioral pediatric services to a community or region
  • extensive publications and/or presentations
  • expertise toward building the field
  • strong record of mentorship, teaching or advocacy
  • record of service to SDBP (committees, leadership activities, etc.) and/or has contributed important professional volunteer service to taskforces, committees, work groups, SIGs and local chapters

Nomination Process (call for 2024 nominations in Spring 2024)
To be considered for an award, an individual must be a current SDBP member.

Nominations must be made by a member of SDBP.  The Nominations Form must be filled out to completion and includes the following:

  • Nominee Statement: highlights the nominee accomplishments that qualify them for the award, describing the impact of their major activities.
  • Submit two letters of nomination (one-to-two pages max each). The letters should highlight the nominee’s accomplishments and explain why the nominee is deserving of the award.
  • CV of the nominee

Self-nominations are encouraged.  In such cases, in addition to your self-nomination statement, two additional letters are required from people who can attest to the nominee’s qualifications for the award.

Special Recognition Awards

The Special Recognition Award is an advocacy and service award that has been given at past annual SDBP meetings.  This award provides an opportunity to recognize individuals or organizations whose work aligns with the overall mission and goals of the SDBP in promoting the developmental and behavioral health and well-being of children and families. Previous awardees have been selected from the region around the annual meeting site and presented to individuals and/or organizations during the annual meeting. The intent of this solicitation process was to help promote the visibility of the SDBP annual meeting in the city and surrounding region and give meeting attendees the opportunity to hear about some of the awardees work. This process has restricted the potential nominee pool to only the annual meeting cities  and virtually eliminated international nominations. Additionally, finding time in the packed annual meeting to present the award in a way that is respectful of the awardees and the SDBP attendees has become difficult at best. For these reasons the selection criteria, process, and awarding of the SDBP Special Recognition Award has been revised as below.

Selection Criteria
The Special Recognition Award recognizes individuals and/or organizations that have made significant contributions to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics and whose work is consistent with the SDBP mission statement. Award criteria include but are not limited to those whose professional or organizational involvement has:

  • Produced major public benefits in the field of child development and behavior including legislative policy and law or government service
  • Led to actions to change the patterns of delivery and access to developmental and behavioral services for children
  • Led to reimbursement changes that contribute to the field of developmental and behavioral pediatrics
  • Made significant contributions to special populations of children in the areas of development and behavior
  • A documented positive influence on teaching/training in the field of developmental and behavioral

The Special Recognition Award may be presented at any time of the year, but no more than one will be awarded annually. Nominations may be made to the Advocacy Committee at any time by SDBP membership with nominators providing:

  1. A narrative statement on the individuals and/or organizations' contributions and work as related to the Selection Criteria.
  2. A brief resume (individual) or organizational description.
  3. Endorsements from other individuals or groups (encouraged).

Three members of the Advocacy Committee including the Chairs will review the nominations, seek additional information from nominators and others as deemed needed, and prioritize a list of at least two and no more than four nominees. This list of nominees will be presented to the Executive Committee (consisting of current, past, and elect presidents, and treasurer) for final selection.

The awardees will be notified by the Advocacy Chair via email letter signed by both the SDBP President and AC Chairs. An announcement of the award will be placed in the SDBP Newsletter accompanied by a description of the awardees' work.

We encourage members to think about some individuals and/or organizations that deserve the Special Recognition Award and submit nominations.

Exploring DBP Awards

Exploring DBP Program Awards
Dedicated to the legacy of Nancy Packert Shashaty, MD

Are You Curious About The Field Of Developmental And Behavioral Pediatrics?

The Society for Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics is offers the Exploring DBP Program Awards for the SDBP Annual Meetings. This program is a unique opportunity for pediatrics residents, medical students, and second career pediatricians to experience the wide world of the subspecialty of DBP.

Awardees will receive funding to attend the SDBP Annual Meeting and join enthusiastic, multi-disciplinary attendees at lectures, poster sessions, and social events. In addition to attending the entire annual meeting, there will be several sessions specifically designed for awardees to learn about the field of DBP. Awardees will be paired with either a senior DBP faculty member or a current DBP fellow to guide them through the program and to provide mentorship. Awardees will be able to foster relationships with SDBP members in a fun, relaxed environment!

This program is supported by the family of Dr. Nancy Packert Shashaty, an other-centered developmental-behavioral pediatrician who was dedicated to enhancing the lives of children with disabilities. She was successful in this endeavor because of her kindness, empathy, generosity, intelligence, pragmatism, optimism, humor, and ability to interact with people regardless of their station in life, cultural background, ability to comprehend or degree of fear.

Additional Information:

Applications: next applications will open in the Spring of 2024
WHAT: Attend the SDBP Annual Meeting and specific program sessions

WHEN: September 2024
APPLICATION: Online submission requires applicant CV upload.

ELIGIBILITY: Pediatric residents, medical students, and experienced pediatricians with an interest in pursuing advanced training in developmental-behavioral pediatrics. The program is not available to residents who have already applied or been matched to a DBP fellowship program.

MONETARY SUPPORT PROVIDED: Waived registration fees to attend the SDBP Annual Meeting with targeted DBP Explorer Program Sessions. Selected applicants will also receive partial funding for travel and lodging (this can include funding to cover air travel/ground transportation, and hotel accommodations).

SPECIAL PROGRAMMING: In addition to attending the entire Annual Meeting, a suggested schedule will be designed for the awardees who will be paired with a seasoned Developmental-Behavioral pediatrician or a current DBP fellow to guide them through the program. A special networking event to learn about the field of DBP and the application process will also be included, and awardees will be able to foster relationships with SDBP members in a fun and relaxed environment.