2023 application process now closed. Initial applications were due April 10, 2023.

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.


Special Recognition Award

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.