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SPSP Small Grant Program

2016 Summer Applications Must Be Submitted by 4/15/2016


About the Program

The Society for Personality and Social Psychology launched the inaugural edition of the SPSP Small Research Grants program in 2015 to provide funding for SPSP members who work at institutions that do not provide financial support for research.

These grants are intended to support relatively inexpensive, well-powered studies that, if successful, will be submitted for publication and for presentation at the SPSP convention.  The maximum that may be requested is $1,500, and no more than $20,000 in grants will be distributed annually.  

Awards may be used to compensate participants (on-line or in-person), purchase supplies, travel to research sites, or pay research assistants.  Funds may not be used for salary or travel to conferences, and no indirect costs will be granted to the awardee’s institution.



Applicants must be full members (having obtained their doctorate at time of grant submission) of SPSP and their dues paid for the year of application. Priority will be given to applications that have already received institutional review board (IRB) approval.

Award recipients must submit a report of the research to SPSP within six months of the completion of the study and, if the research is successful, are expected to submit it both for publication and for presentation at the SPSP convention.

Previous recipients of funds through the SPSP Small Grants Program are not eligible to re-apply



Applications will be reviewed three times per year on the following schedule

Fall: Submit by August 1

Spring: Submit by November 15

Summer: Submit by April 15 

Grant applications must include an abstract, a description of the proposed project (Abstract; Research Question, Goals of the Study, and Significance to Social-Personality Psychology; Research Design and Methodology; and Planned Analyses), a curriculum vitae (CV), the proposed timeline for completion of the research, and a budget.




The Review Committee will evaluate each proposal along the following criteria:

  1. Importance or significance of the topic to the field
  2. Clarity and quality of the research methodology and analyses that will be conducted
  3. Appropriateness of the budget; and (4) feasibility of completing the project within the timeline provided.  It is particularly important that applications include sufficient information to convince the Committee that the project will be completed to an ethical and publishable standard, so issues involving power, sample size, and planned analyses should be discussed.

For more information, contact SPSP Executive Director Chad Rummel at


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