Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Research Award

Proposal Deadline: August 31, 2019



  • To support research that uses behavior analysis concepts and principles to promote sustainable practices/environmentally friendly behavior change.
  • To facilitate the establishment of a defined field of behavior analytic research with a primary goal of increasing understanding of human behavior as it relates to environmental preservation.
  • To disseminate empirically demonstrated effective sustainable practices.   
  • To recognize BABAT members who propose or conduct behavior analytic research on sustainable environmental practices in the BABAT Newsletter The New England Behavior Analyst.



  1. An applicant must be a BABAT member.
  2. This award is for a research proposal. It is not for a completed research project.
  3. The research proposal must describe an applied research project directly related to enhancing environmentally sustainable practices.
  4. The proposal must describe research with a focus on observable and measurable behavior (or the products thereof) as the dependent variable and the manipulation of well-defined environmental events as independent variables. Applied research proposals should correspond to the guidelines suggested by Baer, Wolf, & Risley (1968, 1987).


In order to be accepted, the proposal must contain:

  1. A cover letter with the author’s contact information, professional affiliation, the title of the project, and what he/she plans to do with the award. The award can be used for almost anything, but preference will be given to direct research-related use, such as equipment, software, paying data collectors, purchasing reinforcers for participants, etc. For equipment or software, explain how it will be used in the research project. (One page.)
  2. A Title
  3. An Abstract (500 words or fewer) outlining the research project.
  4. An Introduction indicating the importance of the study, some supporting literature and the research question. (No more than 3 pages.)
  5. A Method section indicating the design (e.g., reversal, multiple baseline, etc.), the number of proposed participants, from where the participants will be recruited, the general timeline of the research, and an overview of the procedures that will be used. Exacting details are not required, but the reviewer should be able to determine the feasibility of the study from the information provided. (No more than 3 pages.)
  6. Reference page – using APA style (no more than 1 page)


Submission Procedures:

  1. The materials including the cover letter, Abstract, Introduction, Method, and References section must be sent as a Word document to:
  2. The entire proposal packet must not exceed 9 pages.
  3. The Abstract, Introduction, Method, and Reference sections must be in APA style manuscript form: double-spaced, 12-point font, Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins.
  4. Deadline: August 31, 2019


Selection of Awardee:

BABAT Board of Directors (or a committee appointed by the BOD) will conduct a blind review of the applications and select the recipient.


Study Report Agreement:

The awardee must agree to write a brief 1-2 page description of the study and preliminary results to be published, depending on study progress, in the July 2020 or February 2021 issue of The New England Behavior Analyst.


Duration of Project:

Maximum 1 year from time of award


The Awardee will receive:

  • A cash award of $500
  • A trophy commemorating the winning proposal
  • Announcement of the winning proposal and the author at the BABAT conference in mid-October
  • A summary of the proposal and preliminary results in the following July 2020 or February 2021 issue of the New England Behavior Analyst. 


Selected Readings/Resources:

Potential applicants may find ideas and inspiration from the following, which can be downloaded from the BABAT website:


  1. Association for Behavior Analysis International. (August 2012). Behavior Change for a Sustainable World Conference. (


  1. Heward, W.L. (2013). Behavior change for a sustainable world: Ultimate challenge and opportunity for behavior analysts. Inside Behavior Analysis, 5(1), 6-8. (


  1. Heward, W.L., & Chance, P. (Guest Eds.). (2010) Special Section: The human response to climate change: Ideas from behavior analysis. The Behavior Analyst, 33, 145-206. (


  1. Heward, W.L., & Kimball, J.W. (2013, Spring/Summer). Sustaining sustainability with clueless contingencies. Sustain Magazine, 28, 4-15. (



Baer, D.M., Wolf, M.M., & Risley, T.R. (1968). Some current dimensions of applied behavior analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 1, 91-97.


Baer, D.M., Wolf, M.M., & Risley, T.R. (1987). Some still-current dimensions of applied behavior analysis. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 20, 313-328.


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