Basic Research: research that primarily contributes to knowledge about fundamental principles of behavior, and whose target is selected on scientific goals rather than social significance. It may include research on any species, including human verbal behavior, but it must be theoretically driven, data-based, and carried out under the auspices of a research protocol. Premium is placed on experimental control.
Applied Research: research that primarily contributes to knowledge about how or why interventions, service delivery systems, or their components, achieve desired behavior change. Target behavior is selected based on its social significance. Interventions must be designed to improve performance or adaptive functioning of individuals or behavioral systems, and may include the development of new technology for behavior change. It must be data based and carried out under the auspices of a research protocol.
Service Delivery: an intervention-driven activity to produce desired behavior change rather than to identify how or why interventions, service delivery systems, or their components achieve those goals. It may include the extension of existing technology to new settings or populations, and public policy, regulatory, ethical, and other topics related to service-delivery issues.
Theory: refers to integrative and conceptual statements about the organization of facts, their interpretation, or their quantitative analysis. It may include historical and philosophical analyses and reviews of behavioral topics. Literature reviews should be submitted under this domain.