Visionary Grants

Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs.

Deadline: April 1, 2017

Sponsor: APF

Description

The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being.
  • Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony.
  • Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world.
  • Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster. 

One-year grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.

Support research in psychology: Donate to this fund.

Eligibility

Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student or early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral).
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.

APF will not consider the following requests for grants to support:

  • Political or lobbying purposes.
  • Entertainment or fundraising expenses.
  • Anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual.
  • Localized direct service.
  • Conference/workshop expenses.

IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

How to Apply
Past Recipients
2016
  • Ana Julia Bridges, PhD, University of Arkansas
    "Group Treatment with Incarcerated Female Sexual Assault Victims: Is Exposure Critical to Successful Outcomes?"
  • Frances Chen, PhD, University of British Columbia
    "The Scent of a Good Night's Sleep"
  • Stephen Chen, PhD, Wellesley College
    "Grandparent Caregiving Practices and Obesity in Chinese Immigrant Children"
  • Andrea Glenn, PhD, University of Alabama
    "Effects of a Positive Psychology Based Intervention on Brain Functioning in Adolescents at Risk for Violence"
  • Evan Kleiman, PhD, Harvard University
    "A pilot study of a smartphone-based intervention for suicidal inpatients"
  • Natasha Schvey, PhD, Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine
    "Stigma, Health, and Psychosocial Functioning among Transgender Actice Duty Service Members"
  • Lindsay Sheehan, PhD, Illiniois Institute of Technology
    "Developing a Strategic Disclosure Program for Suicide Attempt Survivors"
  • Anna Van Meter, PhD, Yeshiva University
    "Harnessing the Circadian Rhythm: Identification and Intervention Prior to the Onset of Mood Disorder"
  • Joel Wong, PhD, Indiana University
    "A Sexual Assault Preventative Intervention for Male College Students: A Randomized Controlled Trial Based on the Self-Persuasion Paradigm"

2015
  • Sachiko Donley, University of California, Irvine 
    "You're Stressing Me Out: Adolescent Stress Response to Evaluation from Same-Aged Peers and its Effect of Risky Decision-Making"
  • Jessica Lambert, PhD, California State University, Stanislaus, and Alyssa Banford, Alliant International University
    "Toward understanding the needs of widowed women after mass trauma: War and disaster in Sri Lanka"
  • Rebecca Mohr, Columbia University
    "An Exploration of the Behavioral and Physiological Consequences of Intersectional Invisibility Discrimination"
  • Lindsay Nagamatsu, PhD, University of Western Ontario
    "Uncovering Neural Signatures of Fall Risk in Older Adults"
  • Cynthia Najdowski, PhD, University of Albany
    "Effects of Race and Socioeconomics Status on Medical Misdiagnosis of Child Abuse"
  • Ryan Shorey, PhD, Ohio University
    "Examining the Efficacy of Three Interventions for Sexual Assault: A Preliminary Randomized Controlled Trial"
  • Erin Tully, PhD, Georgia State University
    "The Neurobiology of Sharing Others' Happiness: A Clue to Understanding Children's Aggression?"
  • Jay Van Bavel, PhD, New York University 
    "The Role of Distance and Speed Perception in Police Shooting Decisions: From Exploration to Intervention"
  • Monnica Williams, PhD, University of Louisville
    "Reducing Microaggressions and Promoting Racial Harmony"
2014
  • Dara Babinski, PhD, Penn State
    "A novel social skills intervention for adolescent girls with ADHD"
  • Naama de la Fontaine, PhD, Yale
    "Police Response to Children Expose to Violence: The Impact of Specialized Training on The Current State of Practice" 
  • Arpana Gupta, PhD, UCLA 
    "Mind Altering Microorganisms: Sex and Race Difference in the Influence of Gut Microbiota on Brain Structures in Obese Healthy Control Subjects" 
  • Ryan Hill, Florida International University
    "Pilot Trial of a Web-Based Program to Reduce Perceived Burdensomeness in Adolescents
  • Anne Krendl, PhD, Indiana University
    "The current proposal uses a neuroscience approach to identify how stigmas about mental illness affect attitudes towards mental health treatment, and how they can be reduced." 
  • Casey LaDuke, Drexel
    "A prospective incremental validity study in an incarcerated sample" 
  • Scott Ross, PhD, Utah State University
    "Stand for Courage: Preventing bullying and suicide in high schools using positive recognition of stand-up behavior" 
  • Laura Taylor, PhD, UNC Greensboro
    "Daily Stressors and Positive Development among Immigrant and Refugee Youth"
2013
  • Nadav Antebi, Columbia University
    "From Minority Stress to Minority Growth: Stigmatized Identity and the Development of Positive Attributes and Growth in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Populations" 
  • Laura Kati Corlew, PhD, East-West Center
    "Relating the Psychological Recovery from Recent Disasters to Climate Change Risk Perception and Preparedness in Hawai'i and American Samoa" 
  • Farrah Jacquez, PhD, University of Cincinnati
    "Physical and Mental Aspects of Stress and Resilience in Vulnerable Youth" 
  • Bernhard Leidner, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    "From the Laboratory to Field-Experimental Interventions: Understanding and Improving the Justice Discourse in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution" 
  • Timothy Nelson, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    To understand the relationship between sleep and psychopathology in youth with significant mental health problems 
  • Kymberlee O'Brien, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    "Transmission of Discrimination-Related Stress Reactivity and Reduction from Mother to Infant" 
  • Jodi Quas, PhD, University of California, Irvine
    "Empathy and Altruism: Missing Pieces in the Peace Building Process" 
2012
  • E. Scott Geller, PhD, Virginia Tech University 
  • Tamara L. Newton, PhD, University of Louisville 
  • David Vogel, PhD, Iowa State University 
  • Rezarta Bilali, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Boston
2011
  • Thao N. Le, PhD, Colorado State University 
  • Johanna Ray Vollhardt, PhD, Clark University 
  • Lisa Kiang, PhD, Wake Forest University 
  • E. Mark Cummings, PhD, University of Notre Dame 
  • Rachel Barr, PhD, Georgetown University
2010
  • Sarah Enos Watamura, PhD, University of Denver
2009
  • Alisha Ali, PhD, New York University
2008
  • Judith E. Carroll, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Lenny R. Vartanian, PhD, Syracuse University 
  • Shari Elizabeth Miles-Cohen, PhD, Women's Programs Office, American Psychological Association 
  • Michelle Billies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York 
  • Joni T. Howard, Washington State University
2007
  • Population Media Center 
  • S. D. Shantinath, PhD, Woman to Woman International 
  • Melissa I. Gebbia, PhD, Molloy College
2006
  • Beatrice Beebe, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute 
  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD, LP, National Multicultural Conference and Summit 
  • Douglas C. Kimmel, PhD, AIZHIXING Institute of Health Education
2005
  • Laurie Young, PhD, Older Women's League
2004
  • Population and Development International 
  • Advanced Research and Training Seminars (ARTS)
2003
  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Conference of Psychology, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association 
  • Sam Walton, We Care Media Arts, Inc.