APF Grant and Scholarship Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

APF welcomes applicants with diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, gender and geography.

Does APF fund proposals that are a part of a larger research project?

APF supports original, innovative research and projects. Although APF favors unique, independent work, the Foundation does fund derivative projects that are part of larger studies.

What is APF's policy on indirect costs?

We do not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead to be taken out of grant monies. The entire grant must be provided to the individual grantee for the stated purpose. The institution must affirm in writing that it will waive all administrative fees and charges for indirect costs. This assurance must be received before the funds can be released via the signature of an institutional official on the grant terms and conditions.

What can be included in a budget for an APF grant or scholarships?

Most APF programs allow for a wide range of direct costs.  Examples include (but are not limited to): participant payments, supplies, technology expenses (software, hardware, imaging, etc.), travel to conduct research, travel to disseminate findings, stipend/salary support, course buy out and supplemental training. Budget proposals must be accompanied with a thorough justification.

A few APF programs have specific budget exclusions, which are noted on the webpage for each program. 

What is APF's policy on IRB approval?

Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for any research project involving human participants.

APF cannot disburse grant monies without IRB approval. Successful applicants have six months from the date of the grant approval to obtain IRB approval, or the grant will be rescinded.

I have applied for a grant or scholarship — when will a decision be made about the grant recipient(s)? When would funding start?

We try to announce grant recipients approximately two to three months after a grant deadline, though the exact time may take shorter or longer depending on the number of applications received. Funding begins when recipients submit IRB approval and the required paperwork. APF funding will continue for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the grant, unless otherwise specified.

Is there a specific format required for APF proposals?

Unless otherwise specified, the application requirements are:

Please include the following in a single document (not to exceed three pages for grants under $5,000 and not to exceed five pages for grants $5,000 or above, one-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):

  • Goals, relevant background/literature review
  • Methods – must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments and procedures can be evaluated
  • Anticipated outcomes, significance and impact

Additionally, please submit the following documents:

  • Project timeline – not to exceed one page; typically, APF grants are for one year
  • Detailed budget and justification – not to exceed one page
  • Abbreviated CV – not to exceed five pages
Can I submit appendices to my proposal?

No. Do not submit materials in addition to the required application materials.

I am applying for a scholarship or grant that requires a letter or letters of recommendation. How should these recommendation letters be submitted?

If the application requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide your recommender’s email address on your application form. Our system will automatically generate an email to the email address you provide with a link to upload a letter into our system directly. On your applicant dashboard, you will be able to track if your recommender has uploaded a letter, but you will not be able to see the letter that has been submitted. We highly recommend that you send the letter request to your recommenders as soon as you start your online application. All application materials, including letters of recommendation, are due by the application deadline. Applicants may submit their online application forms before the recommender has submitted the letter. Letters of recommendation will be accepted until the deadline.

I am writing a proposal and want to include references. Should references be included within the page limit?

No, references can be included in addition to the page limit.

Is there a specific time of day when applications are due?

Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. on the due date posted on APF’s website.

I am an undergraduate student - does APF have funding opportunities for me?

No, unfortunately APF does not currently provide funding opportunities for undergraduate students.

I am a researcher who resides outside of the United States – does APF have funding opportunities for me?

Yes, international applicants from countries that have diplomatic relations with the United States and who meet the other eligibility requirements may apply for APF funding.

Do I need to be an APA member to qualify for funding?

No. However some program require membership in a specific APA Division.

Will the grant moneys be awarded to me or to my institution?

For grants and scholarships that are $10,000 or more, APF will disburse the funds to the grantee’s institution. APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Funded researchers may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

To receive APF funds, recipients must be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes.

Are current APF Trustees allowed to receive APF awards or grants?

No, APF Trustees must wait one year after their term of service before they can be considered for a grant or an award.

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