Guidelines for Special Interest Groups Innovation Grants

ADAA will sponsor up to four competitive grants to special interest groups (SIGs) to support innovative projects that advance advocacy, dissemination, education, professional development, research, and training.

ADAA special interest groups provide opportunities for members to create smaller communities and network with others with similar interests, and enrich the broader ADAA community. Only ADAA members can belong and participate in the activities of SIGs.

Goal of Grant

Small grants foster innovative contributions to the organization.

Submissions Guidelines and Requirements

To submit a grant request, the SIG must be recognized by the ADAA Board of Directors. SIGs must complete and return the grant application form to ADAA by October 15, 2013.  Winners will be notified by December 2013.

Download the grant application; it is a writable pdf. Download it to your computer so you can create a copy to work on. When finished, save the document, give it a new filename, amuskin [at] adaa [dot] org (and send it as an e-mail attachment to ADAA by )amuskin [at] adaa [dot] org (October 15, 2013.)


  • SIG must be recognized by ADAA.
  • Project leader must be ADAA member.
  • Project leader must have approval from the SIG leadership for the proposed project.
  • Budget cannot exceed $500; a detailed explanation of expenses is required.
  • Project outline must demonstrate contribution to the ADAA community.
  • Project report is due December 22, 2014.

Examples of Projects

Preference is given to projects for year-round projects that contribute to the community; requests for funds to bring speakers to the conference are given a lower priority.

These grants are meant to support ADAA members in their efforts to network, contribute to the ADAA community, and advance the field and profession. ADAA will facilitate SIG communication throughout the year, at no charge to the group. SIGs can arrange for conference calls, listservs, and posting information to the ADAA website with the help of ADAA staff. SIGs can meet at the ADAA Annual Conference by completing and submitting a form to ADAA by December 1, 2013. 

These are examples, not a list intended to limit ideas.

  • Unique collaborations engaging researchers and clinicians around a specific, critical topic
  • Product development for ADAA: a podcast, webinar, educational video, or downloadable application for public or professional education
  • Programs that bring experts from affiliated fields to discuss hot topics via webinar
  • Program to be presented at the national meeting of related organizations not usually attended by members, e.g., American Clergy Leadership Conference, Medical Writers Association, National Association of School Counselors, etc. (Not for ABCT, ACNP, and ISTSS meetings)
  • National legislative advocacy
  • White paper on a hot topic for publication in Depression and Anxiety

Programs at the ADAA Annual Conference

SIGs must coordinate activities at the annual conference with the ADAA Meetings Manager. SIGs may not contract directly with the hotel for rooms or services and may not meet at another hotel. Individuals are not authorized to negotiate or enter into any contract on ADAA’s behalf or commit the association contractually. SIGs may not charge a fee for membership to the SIG or an event.

Several venues for SIG-sponsored programs are available at the annual conference.

  • Component of the individual SIG meeting (no CE or CME credits)
  • Peer-reviewed symposia, workshop, or roundtable open to all conference attendees (must be submitted by program deadline)
  • Social event for SIG members only or open to all conference attendees

SIGs proposing symposia, workshops, or roundtables as part of the peer-reviewed conference or pre-conference program must submit their proposals by the conference deadline via the online submission site. If accepted, these sessions will offer CE or CME credits; rejected submissions are not eligible for grants.

SIGs programs presented at the individual SIG meeting do not require a formal submission or peer-review. These sessions cannot offer CE or CME credits.

SIGs may propose non-ticketed social events at the ADAA conference after 7:30 pm, with or without a formal program or speaker. Social events can be restricted to SIG membership or open to all ADAA members. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Hosting a representative from Congress or government agencies
  • Hosting a program director from a federal agency or private foundation
  • Inviting a lawyer to discuss practice issues
  • Organizing an evening around a career- or personal-development topic
  • Viewing a film or discussion with a director, producer, or writer
  • Organizing a book group or discussion with an author
  • Meeting with a consumer and family about the impact of living with anxiety and depression
  • Hot topic in research


SIGs may request up to $500 for reimbursement of expenses.

  • Expenses must be detailed on the Innovation Grants Application.
  • Payment will be made after the project is completed and an expense form with receipts is submitted to ADAA.
  • Funds can be used for nonmember speaker travel, nonmember speaker honoraria, event costs, materials, special AV, or similar other expenses.
  • Funds must be used within one year; unused funds return to ADAA and do not carry over for future use by SIG.
  • SIGs (and their individual members) will not be reimbursed for expenses greater than $500.
  • Funds may not be used to reimburse SIG members or chairs for time; ADAA conference travel expenses or registration fees; construction of an independent SIG website, etc.
  • SIGs that do not complete a project or submit a final report will not be able to request a grant the following year.
  • Preference is given to projects for year-round projects that contribute to the community; requests for funds to bring speakers to the conference are given a lower priority.