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Michigan Children’s Trust Innovation Awards — $2,000

Stimulating research and grants “to prevent child abuse and promote the ethical treatment of children”

The Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing at Michigan State University through its Children’s Central research, education and outreach collaborative, supported by the Children’s Trust Fund of Michigan in collaboration with Prevent Child Abuse America, is offering eight $2,000 “Innovation Awards” to support future research or grant seeking activity to individuals for innovative papers. These papers may address any of a wide variety of issues directed at or involving the ethical treatment of children. These issues may include, but are not limited to, the role or possible linkage between all forms of media and outcomes that are harmful to children.

The awards will be based on a competitive review of abstracts that propose more detailed white paper manuscript topics. The award selection will be made on the basis of the abstract, and the $2,000 grant will be made upon completion of the white paper. White papers (to be developed from the abstract) may include literature reviews, position papers, research and/or funding agendas, or pilot project results. Abstracts should not exceed 500 words, double-spaced and submitted electronically. Final papers should not exceed 20 pages.

Please submit proposal abstracts for white papers electronically to info (at) Papers should be in Word or PDF format with Innovation Award 2009 in the subject line.

Winning abstracts should demonstrate new thinking with the potential to lead to important research and grant-seeking activity on issues associated with the general theme of the Children’s Central inaugural national conference & Consumer Culture and the Ethical Treatment of Children: Theory, Research, and Fair Practice—to be held in East Lansing, November 12-13, 2009. White papers must be completed by the June 15, 2009 conference submission deadline, and will be included in a special session at the conference.

The awards are available only to Michigan State University researchers. MSU Faculty members may submit abstracts for award competition directly. Graduate student submissions must include an endorsement letter from an MSU faculty member that addresses the value of the student’s proposed work and the student’s ability to complete the project.

The Michigan Children’s Trust Innovation Award Competition is an interdisciplinary effort designed to encourage submissions from across the campus. Relevant disciplines include, but are not limited the following:

Advertising, Child Development, Cognitive Science, Communication, Communicative Sciences & Disorders, Community Services, Counseling, Education, Ethics, Family and Child Ecology, Game Design, Health Communication, Infancy and Early Childhood, Marketing, Journalism, Nutrition, Nursing, Medicine, Psychology, Public Health, Public Policy, Public Relations, Sociology, Social Work, and Telecommunications, Information Studies, and Media.

We encourage submissions from all MSU disciplines.

The Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing in the College of Communications Arts and Sciences will publish a Children’s Central research collaborative monograph that includes award-winning submissions. Michigan Children’s Trust, the state’s exclusive primary child-abuse prevention agency, and its national affiliate, Prevent Child Abuse America, Chicago, will be a major source of distribution for this monograph.

Award-winning white papers also will be included for recognition at a special session of the November national conference in East Lansing. Award winning articles may be selected for an upcoming book.

Topics of the submissions may include, but are not limited to:

Dr. Bradley Greenberg, Interim Dean, College of Communications Arts & Sciences, will head the abstract review team.

Children’s Central collaborative resides within the Michigan State University Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing (APRR). An outgrowth of a study funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in 2006, Children’s Central research collaborative has bee n selected as the official research affiliate of Michigan Children’s Trust Fund (CTF), an independent, nonprofit organization created by Public Act 250 of 1982 as the only permanent source of funding for the statewide prevention of child abuse and neglect. Children’s Central research collaborative pursues a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of the effects of media and advertising on children. Its principal areas of interest include generating new knowledge in child maltreatment prevention related to media and marketing. Children’s Central fellows, in conjunction with other faculty members in APRR, are engaged in outreach and education efforts aimed at the dissemination of these and other related findings to local child-abuse prevention programs, and at designing and implementing student and community training, and social marketing curriculum in support of state and local child-abuse prevention initiatives.

Research fellows in the Department of Advertising, Public Relations, and Retailing Children’s Central research collaborative are not eligible for cash awards, but their work is eligible for publication in the special Michigan Children’s Trust sponsored monograph.

For submissions, please follow the Competitive Paper Submission Guidelines on our Conference Submissions tab.

More information on the November Conference