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Notice: Special Joint Grant Opportunity
Call for Research Grant Proposals
Content Guide for ACEP/IASD Jointly Funded Study

Notice: Special Joint Grant Opportunity

In addition to the standard Call for Grant Proposal below, IASD/DSF is pleased to announce a joint research grant activity in cooperation with ACEP (Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology). We are jointly seeking qualified proposals addressing studies addressing the application of EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) for treatment of abuse, trauma or PTSD related nightmares and related quality of sleep factors. Proposals are due 15 October 2016 to enter this year’s grant cycle; however, if no qualifying proposals are received the offer will be carried over until next year.

A description of the nature of the proposals we are seeking can be found after the Call for Research Grant Proposal instructions  below.  Proposals for this special study will go through the standard IASD/DSF grant proposal process and be evaluated by the Research Grant Committee with evaluators from both organizations. Please address any questions to bob@dreamscience.org  (IASD/DSF) with a copy to John Freedom freejjii@gmail.com  (ACEP).


Call for Research Grant Proposals

Grants are offered through a partnership between IASD and the DreamScience foundation (DSF).  See the menu on this page for listings of past grant activities.

 Submission Areas • High quality quantitative and qualitative research proposal are invited in areas related to dreams and dreaming, including but not limited to: the biology or neuroscience of dreaming, phenomenological and psychological studies of dreaming, and such fields as anthropological and cultural studies.

 Submission Deadline • Each year the deadline is 15 October for submission of final research proposals, which follow the outline below. Those selected for award will be notified in the November timeframe if any further input is required. Awards are planned for the December timeframe.

Criteria • Selection is based on a compilation of qualitative and quantitative ratings from peer researchers that comprise a research grant review board. Rating factors include: a) value to dream science/research; b) technical excellence (solid: design/methodology and supporting theory, hypothesis or prior studies); c) risk and success factors including: ethics/IRB approval; funding required (grant and other sources); degree funds are applied directly to the research; research experience or credentials; institutional oversight if applicable; publishing/reporting considerations; and realistic expectations.

Instructions • ALL SUBMISSIONS MUST BE ELECTRONICALLY SUBMITTED (e-mail) to bob@dreamscience.org  . You may also contact DreamScience with any questions you may have concerning the submission process. If you do not receive a confirmation within 7 days of your submission please contact Mr. Hoss again with a copy to the IASD Central Office (office@asdreams.org). All communications will only be via e-mail so make sure your e-mail address is correct in all documentation.

Proposal Content • All submissions and any attached material must be compiled into ONE COMPLETE DOCUMENT. If separate supporting documentation is needed it will be requested. Please use Microsoft Word (.doc) in 12 point Times New Roman or if that does not transmit properly plain text (.txt) format may be accepted. The Letter of Intent must contain the following:

1. Submitter’s Name(s) and Credential Designations if any (PhD, MA, etc.) – for all researchers participating in the study

2. Title of Your Research Activity

3. Contact Information (for all those you wish to receive notifications): name (required); e-mail address (required); telephone number; City, State/Region, Country of residence.

4. Affiliation: Name of the institution through which the research will be performed if any (University, College, Non-profit institution, Research organization, etc.).

5. Brief Biography (maximum 50 words each) for the researchers that will be involved.

6. Proposed Study (less than 1000 words if possible):

a) An introductory summary;

b) Objectives including the premise or hypothesis to be addressed;

c) Prior studies/research/observations supporting the premise or hypothesis;

d) The design and method(s) to be used including specific measurement tools;

e) Summary of populations or elements to be tested or studied;

f) The anticipated results.

7. Value to Dream Science: What do you see the benefits of the study to be or how do you see the results furthering dream science? Note what is unique about this particular study or the populations to be tested/studied, and/or if it is a replication of a prior study.

8. IRB – has the study had IRB or ethics approval or is one planned?

9. Timeframe: provide a timeframe when you plan to begin and complete the work, highlighting any key milestones of interest.

10. Funding Requested: provide the amount requested for this Grant Award as well as the total amount required to complete the study if different. Indicate where the remainder of the funds will come from and the probability of receiving those funds. Note that our grants (historically in the range of $3000 to $5000) are limited by the donations received and may or may not cover the full cost of your request. Provide a brief breakdown of what our grant funds would be applied to (research activity and materials, to pay subjects, to pay analysts, to pay researchers, travel, other).

11. Permission to Publish: DSF and IASD plan to announce the awards, on the web site and in other IASD publications as deemed appropriate. Although not a requirement we encourage those receiving a grant to submit (on a non-exclusive basis) the results of the research to one of IASD’s publications (Journal Dreaming or DreamTime) and invite you to present the results at the appropriate IASD Annual conference. The grant award will include one complementary conference fee scholarship, for one presenter, for that purpose. Please indicate whether these conditions are acceptable.

12. Reporting Requirements: Awardees will be requested to send IASD/DSF a status report (email) when the study is completed. The report should include a brief summary of results compared with objectives (please indicate if you do not wish us to post it on the grant site) or if you publish the results please provide reference to where it has been published. The report should include an indication of the desire for a member of the team to present at the upcoming IASD conference so that we can plan on your attendance. If and when you do plan to present the results at an IASD conference, please notify the Conference Chair and IASD Central Office of your intent prior to registration ( bob@dreamscience.org  and office@asdreams.org ).

THE INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE STUDY OF DREAMS (IASD) is a nonprofit, international, multidisciplinary organization dedicated to the pure and applied investigation of dreams and dreaming. Its purpose is to promote an awareness and appreciation of dreams in both professional and public arenas; to encourage research into the nature, function, and significance of dreaming; to advance the application of the study of dreams; and to provide a forum for the eclectic and interdisciplinary exchange of ideas and information. For information on the organization or to become a member please go to the web site: www.asdreams.org

DREAMSCIENCE FOUNDATION™   The DreamScience foundation (DSF) is a private funding source dedicated to stimulating research in dreams and dreaming. You may go to www.dreamscience.org  for more information about that organization.

You Can Make a Difference • Your research donations are needed. Even if you are not planning a research study of your own, you can make a valuable contribution to dream science. Donations of any size are needed and much appreciated in support of this grant activity. Please go to www.ASDreams.org   and use the donations link and select the Research Grant category for your donation



Content Guide for ACEP/IASD Jointly Funded Study

EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) is a relatively new stress reduction and trauma desensitization protocol shown to resolve emotional distress and trauma by combining exposure with the somatic stimulation of acupoints. Although the mechanisms have not been totally isolated, it has a relatively well researched performance history with over 50 peer reviewed research studies/papers which have demonstrated efficacy with trauma, PTSD, anxiety, phobia, and athletic performance and reduction in cortisol levels.  ACEP has sponsored 12 additional trials through their own research grant program.  However no studies to date have explored the effects of EFT in treating trauma related nightmares and emotional conditions arising from or contributing to them. We are seeking proposals for research studies exploring these issues with female and/or male populations suffering from abuse, trauma, and PTSD. 


The ideal study might explore questions such as (but not limited to) whether EFT treatments can be shown to effect one or more of the following:

·         reduce the intensity and frequency of nightmares and resultant sleep disruptions?

·         reduce the anxiety resulting from nightmares or from the emotional/traumatic memories stimulated by the nightmare (such as  hypervigilance and flashbacks).

·         influence the content of a recurring nightmare (evidencing a degree of mastery over say a trauma or PTSD related nightmare).


Any other measures that can be built into the design would be encouraged, that might represent the positive consequences (e.g. mood, outlook, resilience, productivity, perceived quality of life) or that assist people in enjoying better/deeper quality of sleep.


Study Parameters:


The ideal study would incorporate the following:

·      Randomization of subjects into treatment and control groups

·      Comparing EFT with another recognized treatment for trauma, PTSD or related nightmares (such as CBT, IRT, Prolonged Exposure) and or a no treatment/standard of care control.

·      Population definition:  define the target N and whether the population is intended to represent a pilot or statistically significant population 

·      Subject criteria:  populations of nightmare sufferers who were victims of trauma which could include, but is not be limited to: female abuse victims (rape/sexual abuse); military veterans; victims of a traumatic event (earth quake, war). 

·      EFT or other control or comparative treatments that can be delivered via 4-6 group sessions OR individually



Assess: PTSD symptoms (recurring thoughts, flashbacks, anxiety, hypervigilance, etc); also anxiety & stress; insomnia & sleep quality; dream and sleep journal.

Assessments:  pre, post + 90 or 180 day follow up.


Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria:

Inclusion:  trauma victims who suffer from associated nightmares (with PTSD as measured on PCL-M or other appropriate assessment tool)

Exclusion:  Addicts and alcoholics; vets and victims who are heavily medicated (Subjects need to be sufficiently aware and responsible to complete forms, follow instructions and keep commitments and appointments on time.)


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