Research

Transgender Military Service Initiative: Call for Proposals

Palm Center Call for Proposals 2013

The Palm Center is commissioning 11 studies to enhance the quality of information available for evaluating transgender service in the United States military. The studies seek to answer questions related to readiness, morale, welfare, personnel requirements and management. Deadline to apply, June 15, 2013.

Scope: The research should employ social science methodology. The final product should be a study of publishable quality by a peer-reviewed journal.

How to Apply: Applicants should send proposals to Indra Lusero via email at: lusero@palmcenter.org. Proposals should explain the research design and methodology, and include a timetable, institutional affiliation (if any), reference list and author CV.

Selection Criteria: Proposals will be evaluated based on the scope of the proposed research, quality of research design, the potential quality of the data, clarity of the author’s writing, and the author’s background and publication history. Interested authors are encouraged to review this Palm Center publication for an example of acceptable work.

Compensation: The Palm Center will pay between $10,000 and $15,000 for the completed study, depending on the author’s experience and scope of the proposal.

Click on the title for a pdf version of each call for proposals.

Cost and complexity of care - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to compare the cost and complexity of treating the most prevalent medical conditions in the general military population of active duty service members with the cost and complexity of addressing the medical needs of transgender people. The study should either draw on extant scales for assessing the complexity of treating medical conditions, or should develop a new scale.

Discrimination and readiness - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to determine if US military policies that ban transgender troops from serving openly impact their ability perform their jobs.

Foreign militaries and transgender service - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to evaluate whether British, Israeli, Australian, Canadian and other foreign military decisions to allow transgender troops to serve compromised military readiness. The study should include a brief history of how and why policy changed in each military.

Institutional privacy accommodations - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to evaluate how prisons, as well as militaries and police and fire departments that allow transgender individuals to serve, manage privacy issues involving toileting, berthing and showering.

Organizational effectiveness and transgender inclusion - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to evaluate whether decisions to include transgender individuals in domestic institutions that are analogous to the US military, such as police and fire departments and the CIA, compromised organizational effectiveness. The study should include a brief history of how and why policy changed in each organization.

Physical standards and transgender service - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to evaluate how militaries and police and fire departments that allow transgender individuals to serve adapted policies concerning physical standards (both accession and job-specific standards) to accommodate transgender inclusion, and whether adaptations impacted readiness.

Privacy in the US military - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to evaluate how the US military manages privacy issues involving toileting, berthing and showering when separation by sex is not possible. The study should address formal policies as well as how those policies are implemented in practice.

Transgender sports - The Palm Center is commissioning a study on gender identity and sports to evaluate how athletic associations revised policies and best practices to accommodate transgender athletes, and to determine whether teams’ inclusion of transgender athletes has impacted cohesion or performance.

Transgender medical accommodation -The Palm Center is commissioning a study to determine whether and how the US military could accommodate medical needs of transgender service members including reassignment surgery and hormone therapy.

Uniform regulations - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to evaluate how militaries as well as police and fire departments that allow transgender individuals to serve adapted regulations concerning dress and grooming (for both on- and off-duty members) to accommodate transgender inclusion.

US military accommodation of serious medical conditions - The Palm Center is commissioning a study to determine how the US military accommodates service members suffering from serious medical conditions such as cancer, diabetes, and alcoholism. Research should include evaluation of formal policies concerning the accommodation of serious medical conditions, discussion of how policies are implemented, and assessment of whether accommodations undermine readiness.