Work2BeWell Research Grant
W2BW and Stipend Overview
The #Work2BeWell digital wellness and empowerment program focuses on positively impacting the emotional well-being of teens and promoting mental health. Supported by a variety of experts from varying backgrounds as well as a National Student Advisory Council, W2BW has supported the development and promotion of free curriculum, resources, and implementation tools for students, educators, and parents. These resources aim to bridge conversations around difficult topics such as depression and substance use by partnering with experts to provide access to credible resources including crisis lines, clinical leaders, and education. Additionally, Work2BeWell is firmly committed to anti-racist work and brings a diversity, equity, inclusion lens to all programming through cultural and language specific resources to reduce mental health stigma, promote teen wellness and expand our resources for BIPOC teens.
Focal areas for W2BW include Access, Education, and Activation:
As Work2BeWell (W2BW) continues to develop, it’s important to understand the efficacy of the various curriculum, social media campaigns and programs developed and posted for public use. At this time, W2BW outcome data is limited to website clicks, intercepts in social media, and very limited pre/post testing at conferences and programs. The data available has not yet been fully researched or developed, and basic outcomes of program effectiveness are not yet available. In order to support further enhancement of our services offered and better evaluate outcomes related to our efforts in each area, we are extending $50,000 per year in research grant opportunities to support student and academic engagement with the W2BW data available. Topics of interest could include evaluation of curriculum, social media campaigns and any other potential subjects proposed by students throughout the academic year, with a goal to publish results within that academic year.
It is hoped that the support of this grant will further the evidence base and guide the ongoing clinical, education and activation efforts of W2BW and simultaneously further support our investment in training and education through partnerships with local academic institutions and the promotion of professional development and clinical research.
$50,000/year is available to be awarded each academic year to support student research tied to the curriculum, advocacy, and online social media efforts of W2BW.
Individual awards of up to $5,000/study are available for research related to W2BW.
W2BW grants are available to full-time graduate students in the fields of psychology, behavioral health, or other relevant areas of study at nationally accredited universities. Students must be in good standing with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 and have an identified a faculty mentor prior to submitting a research proposal.
Students must submit a plan to complete research projects within the academic year. Proposals requiring more than one academic year should be presented with a clear timeline and project plan to support research completion.
Full-time undergraduate students may apply. Junior/Senior undergraduate candidates must additionally submit written documentation of support from a faculty research advisor, indicating the student has the level of training and support available within the undergraduate institution necessary to complete the proposed research project.
Research proposals should be submitted by individual applicants and be focused on unique areas of research. Multiple proposals should not be submitted for the same project. Individuals may submit separate proposals for elements of a larger project; however, each submission must be able to stand alone and be completed independent of the outcome of other studies and/or the larger project.
Proposal materials should clearly outline the support from a faculty mentor with specific expertise in research proposed. It is hoped that trainees will engage their faculty mentors at all levels of the project including providing feedback into proposal design, implementation strategy, data analysis, development of results and implications as well as providing updates to W2BW regarding outcome and associated research dissemination, pending outcomes.
Applicants will be required to provide quarterly updates regarding process, implementation, and outcome, with a final review and submission of results/outcome at the conclusion of the academic year.
Applications should not exceed 4 pages and must include:
- Project Title
- Focal area of research
- Identify specific W2BW curriculum, platform, or content area that researcher wishes to pursue.
- Examples include but are not limited to:
- Implementation of specific curriculum and associated outcome data;
- Impact of targeted social media campaigns, either newly developed for the purpose of research or ongoing/in existence;
- Event related research to trainings and/or conferences and associated outcome data;
- Development of school campaigns, either newly developed for the purpose of research or ongoing/in existence;
- Impact of current campaigns and media postings resulting in behavior change—what attracts youth and what does not;
- Data related to intercepts and what is activating youth to comment for engagement (reaching out for help);
- Redirects to help-seeking behavior based on content either in curriculums or social media;
- Anything else you can think of!
- Hypothesis(es) to be evaluated.
- Review of background literature.
- Provide a brief summery and overview of existing literature and knowledge base informing your hypothesis and approach. The literature review should provide a conceptual framework, justification and approach specifically tied to how applicant proposes to engage with and evaluate W2BW content/programming.
- Research Methods
- Applicants should provide a clear overview of methods and plan for how they intend to collect research, materials, equipment, participants (if needed), sample sizes, data collection techniques and proposed data analysis methods.
- Cite appropriately any existing literature/protocols to support your approach.
- Include in table format an identified timeline for all proposed project activities described within the research methods.
- All supplies, equipment, and/or travel that is requested in the budget should be clearly outlined and justified (in table format) within the research methods.
- Outcomes of study
- Provide a detailed overview and plan for research dissemination including presentations and/or publications.
- Candidates should include a cited list of references.
- Please use the format consistent with your respective discipline.
- Consistency in citation format throughout the document and reference list is appreciated.
- Only include citations referenced within the proposal.
Additional application requirements that must be uploaded to the application portal include:
- Detailed budget and budget justification
- Complete budget table outlining all expenses requested for the cost of the proposed study. Any requested supplies, materials, costs, stipends, etc. associated with the cost of proposal should be included in an independent table format.
- Please consider realistic costs and outline each item with a brief (1-2 sentence) justification for each budgeted item.
- Letter of research/faculty mentor support
- Applicant’s faculty/research mentor should submit a brief letter (no longer than 2 pages) highlighting their expressed support for the research proposed, faculty member’s expertise that can help to support and ensure timely completion of the proposal and access to any necessary university resources to support the research proposal completion.
- Faculty advisor should similarly speak to the identified strengths of the research proposal and provide an overview of the faculty member’s perception of their candidate and the candidate’s ability to effectively complete the research proposal as outlined.
- Unofficial transcript for applicant.
Completed submissions will be reviewed by Doctoral level training managers from Providence Oregon, Alaska and Washington, members of the Providence training committee, representatives from W2BW, and members of the W2BW National Student Advisory Council.
Submissions will be evaluated based on the merit of the proposed research, the thoroughness and feasibility of proposed research and timeline, likelihood of success, meaningfulness of contribution to the mission and values of W2BW. Special consideration will be given to topics with an emphasis and focus on diversity, equity, inclusion and/or social justice.
The committee will make recommendations upon proposal review:
- Offer full award
- Offer full award pending minor changes
- Revise and resubmit, addressing specified concerns.
- Decline to pursue.
Candidates will be notified of outcome via email.
Application due dates: October 31, 2021
Review timeline: November 30, 2021
Notification of outcome: December 1, 2021
1st Quarter update due: March 31, 2022
2nd Quarter update due: June 30, 2022
3rd Quarter update due: September 30, 2022
Final submission of work product: December 31, 2022