HBIC Award Overview

Due to the measures surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, this competition will be reformatted for 2021. Details to follow

This grant is jointly sponsored by the International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), the Society for Health Psychology of the American Psychological Association (SfHP), the American Psychosomatic Society (APS), the Society of Behavioral Medicine, USA (SBM), and the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN).


The purpose of the grant is to facilitate a minimum of a one-week visit to an international laboratory or research group under the guidance of an identified international mentor. Each year, five (5) awards will be competitively granted; each award is sponsored by one of the sponsoring organizations (ISBM, SfHP, APS, SBM, or IBTN). The proposed visit will be based on aims to pursue a specific research project or a specific program development project in the areas of health research, clinical behavioral health, behavioral medicine, or health promotion. The research or program development project should be feasible within one year. If the project cannot be completed during the visit to the mentor’s country, a plan for distance collaboration should be well-articulated.


  • Applicants can be trainees (graduate, professional students – e.g., residents) and early career professionals (e.g., fellows, faculty) within 5 years of completing their terminal degree.
  • There are no restrictions as to the applicant’s age.
  • Applicants with no history of external project funding will be given priority over applicants with a history of considerable external project funding.
  • Applicants from the following countries listed by the World Bank will be given special consideration.
  • Applicants are eligible for the award sponsored by organizations of which they are members. View the list of the member societies of ISBM. Applicants from developing countries in which there are no currently active behavioral medicine organizations will be automatically considered for the ISBM-sponsored award. IBTN membership is free. If an applicant is a member of multiple sponsoring organizations, they will be considered for the award sponsored by each organization. Please note, the applicant may only receive a single award.
  • International mentors must be members of one of the sponsoring organizations at the time of application.
  • There is no country restriction to apply for funding from the ISBM, APS, SBM, or IBTN. If you are applying for funding from the Society for Health Psychology, either the mentor or applicant must be currently based in the USA.
  • The international mentor must not have served as a mentor for a Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award within the last two years.

Terms of the Grant

  • The applicant will receive $3,000 USD to offset costs of travel and accommodations to visit the lab of an international mentor.
  • The international mentor must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to work with the applicant to complete the project or academic goals described in the proposal.
  • The award cannot be used to facilitate conference attendance.
  • One year after receiving the award, the trainee will complete a 2-3 page form for the Health and Behavior International Collaborative Research Award Committee describing the progress and any available outcomes of the project. Successful applicants will receive a link to the form one year following receipt of the award.
  • The trainee must acknowledge the Health and Behavior International Collaborative Research Award and the sponsoring organization (e.g., ISBM, SfHP, APS, SBM, or IBTN) in publications and other products arising from work achieved as a result of this award.

If you are interested in applying for the award but are finding it challenging connecting with a mentor due to your location or circumstances, please reach out to your sponsoring organisation or email h.b.internationalaward@gmail.com and we will endeavour facilitate linking you with a mentor where appropriate.

Application Documents

The Applicant must:

  1. Complete the online application form [suspended], which will ask you to upload the following:
  2. A maximum 2-page letter of intent (11 pt. font, ½ inch (1.27 cm) margins) providing:
    • Description and justification for purpose and anticipated benefit of international visit;
    • Overview of the rationale and methodology for proposed project, visit, and collaborative activity;
    • Evidence of communication with the international research mentor (prior communication/discussion with mentor is expected);
    • Clear outline of specific objectives of the proposed visit/project;
    • A clear plan for executing above objectives, including preliminary timetable of activities during proposed visit with specific emphasis on the feasibility of the project within the proposed timeline;
    • Outline of plan for continued collaboration and product. A budget plan (how funds will be utilized) including any additional resources committed by the mentor or institution.
  3. Curriculum vitae for the applicant (maximum of four pages)
  4. A one-page letter of support from the home institution or current research mentor attesting to:
    • support of the applicant’s travel plans and its anticipated benefits;
    • support of the applicant’s plans to produce scholarly work as a result of the award;
    • the strength/qualifications of the applicant; and
  5. Evidence of membership of the sponsoring organization(s) (e.g., payment receipt, email confirmation of membership, etc.) combined into a single document.

The Applicant must ALSO upload the following about the international research mentor:

  1. Curriculum vitae (maximum of four pages)
  2. A 1-page confirmation letter in which the international mentor:
    • Agrees to be the trainee’s mentor for the proposed visit;
    • Testifies to any previous communication with applicant as well as the applicant’s qualifications for the proposed project;
    • Confirms that he or she has sufficient time and resources to support planned activities during the specified time period. The international mentor is asked to include a specific statement regarding any resources or supplementary resources available to offset potential additional costs (e.g., extended visit);
    • States that he or she has not served as a international mentor for the Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award in the past two years.

Applicants are invited to consult samples of previously successful applications to help in the preparation of their submission.

Award Selection Process

Applicants will be competitively considered for funding by each organization of which he or she is a member. Two representatives from each sponsoring organization will use a standardized scoring system to rank their choice of applicants.

The scoring system will be developed by the International Collaborative Awards Committee with special attention to:

  1. scientific merit (i.e., background, methodology) of the proposed project;
  2. clarity and feasibility of the proposed objectives/plans of the visit;
  3. qualification of applicant;
  4. support of the hosting institution/international mentor;
  5. potential for ongoing scientific collaboration and product.

The Health and Behavior International Collaborative Award Committee (which these representatives comprise) will collaboratively determine the final awardees.


The deadline to apply for the 2020 competition was May 1st, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (your local time)

Applicants are notified via email regarding the outcome of their applications.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is the deadline for applications? Applications for the 2020 competition are due no later than May 1st, 2020, 11:59 p.m. (your local time).

How do I submit my application? Complete the online form [suspended], and follow the form’s instructions for uploading all required documents, including the support letters from your mentor and home institution.

Are periods of career disruption counted when calculating eligibility? Yes. For example, if your degree was conferred in January 2015 and you took a period of 6 months maternity leave in 2015, that would be calculated as 5 years since conferral of your degree as of May 2020.

Which applicant is eligible for which award? There are five awards, one sponsored by each sponsoring organization (ISBM, SfHP, APS, SBM, and IBTN). If you are from a developing country in which there are currently no active behavioral medicine organizations, you are eligible for the awards sponsored by ISBM, APS, and SBM without any membership requirement (see below or the ISBM website for a list of behavioral medicine organizations. Otherwise, you are only eligible for awards sponsored by the society of which you are a member (e.g., APS, SBM, SfHP, or ITBN) or any ISBM member society for the ISBM-sponsored award (see further on this page or the ISBM website for this list).

Do I have to be a member of ISBM to apply for the ISBM award? No. ISBM does not have members but does have member societies. If you are not from a low or lower-middle income country, then you need to be a member of an ISBM member society to apply for the ISBM award. A list of member societies is available below or on the ISBM website.

Can I get more than one award? No. Being a member of multiple societies increases your chances of receiving an award. For example, if you are a member of SfHP and APS, you will automatically be considered for three awards: those sponsored by ISBM, SfHP, and APS. However, an individual applicant can only receive a single award.

Does the international mentor’s letter of support need to be submitted separately? No. It is a requirement that all application documentation is submitted at once through the online application form.

Does my international mentor have to be a member of the same sponsoring society I am? No, your international mentor can be a member of any society involved in the award (including any sponsoring society; see list below or ISBM website). However, your international mentor MUST be a member of one of these societies.

When will funds be released for use? Exact timing of the release of funds is at the discretion of each society awarding the prize, however in past years, the funds have been released a soon as practical so as not to delay the collaboration.

Can I submit an application for more than one award (i.e., to more than one society)? Yes, simply indicate all the societies you wish to apply to on the application form. Please note that you will only be eligible to be the recipient of one award. You only need to submit your application once through the online system to be considered (where eligible) for an award by multiple sponsoring organizations.

Do the international mentor and mentee both have to be members of a sponsoring organisation for the application to be eligible? Yes. However the applicant (i.e., mentee) is only eligible for the award for the sponsoring society for which they are a member.

Who are the sponsoring organisations? The International Society of Behavioral Medicine (ISBM), the Society for Health Psychology (APS Division 38), the American Psychosomatic Society (APS), the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM), and the International Behavioural Trials Network (IBTN).

I am from a low or lower-middle income country in which there is no sponsoring organization. Am I still eligible to apply? Yes. Applicants from low or lower-middle income countries in which there is no sponsoring organisation or member society will automatically be considered for the ISBM award and are encouraged to apply. IBTN membership is free. Special consideration will be given to applicants from these countries.

I want to use the award to facilitate conference attendance. Is this allowed? No, the award may not be used to facilitate conference attendance.

Do I have to find my own international lab to visit? Yes, you will need to develop your own collaboration.

What if I am struggling to find an appropriate mentor? If you are interested in applying for the award but are finding it challenging connecting with a mentor due to your location or circumstances, please reach out to your sponsoring organisation or email h.b.internationalaward@gmail.com and we will endeavour facilitate linking you with a mentor where appropriate. Please note that we will not assist with development of the collaboration between mentees and mentors, however we are happy to help you with reaching out to mentors (if you have one in mind) or providing suggestions for mentors where appropriate.

When will I be notified of the outcome of my application? Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application in June 2020 by email.

Can an individual from an International lab come to my lab in the United States or other country? Yes, in this example the individual from the International lab will be the applicant and the lab in the United States or other country will be the sponsoring institution.


If you have additional questions, please contact us at H.B.InternationalAward@gmail.com.

ISBM Member Societies

  • Academy of Behavioral Medicine Research
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • Australasian Society for Behavioural Health and Medicine
  • Central and Eastern European Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Chilean Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Chinese Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Danish Society of Psychosocial Medicine
  • Finnish Section of Behavioral Medicine of the Finnish Association of Social Medicine
  • German College for Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Hong Kong Society of Behavioral Health
  • Hungarian Society of Behavioural Sciences and Medicine
  • Italian Society of Psychosocial Medicine
  • Japanese Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Korean Society of Stress Medicine
  • Mexican Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Netherlands Behavioral Medicine Federation
  • Norwegian Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Portuguese Society of Health and Behavior
  • Romanian Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Slovak National Society of Behavioral and Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Society of Behavioral Medicine (USA)
  • Swedish Society of Behavioral Medicine
  • Thai Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • UK Society of Behavioural Medicine
  • Venezuelan Interdisciplinary Society of Behavioral Medicine

Low and Lower-Middle Income Countries for the purposes of the HBIC Award

Burkina Faso
Cabo Verde
Central African
Congo, Dem. Rep.
Congo, Rep.
Cote d’Ivoire
Egypt, Arab Rep.
El Salvador
Gambia, The
Korea, DPR
Kyrgyz Republic
Papua New Guinea
Sao Tome Principe
Sierra Leone
Solomon Islands
South Sudan
Sri Lanka
Syrian Arab Republic
West Bank Gaza
Yemen, Rep.