SPSP seeks to provide small grants to support personality and social psychological research at all levels, including conference support. Conference support is intended to assist SPSP members in their efforts to develop and host successful conferences. Conference support is not to be used for individuals to attend existing conferences or to support preconferences at the SPSP Convention.
Two categories of support are available:
1) Up to $5000 - Applicable to smaller meetings or meetings jointly funded by a number of organizations or entities
2) $5001 to $10,000 - Applicable to meetings mostly or solely funded through the current SPSP mechanism
In both cases, conference funding must support a cadre of SPSP members or benefit SPSP directly (including outreach to new groups). Preference will be given to support of developing new Communities or building Communities within SPSP, though support would not be limited to these groups. Larger budgets require greater benefit for SPSP members (not longer justifications in the application). Thus, for example, 10 researchers getting together after an existing conference to discuss one topic would need less than the development of a 100-person conference designed to bring together 3 distinct areas and produce a new book of import.
DISCLAIMER ON USE OF FUNDS
Funds will be made available in one of two ways:
1) Directly payable to another hosting/sponsoring entity OR the recipient’s university. If this method is chosen, a W9 from the payee will be required. Under this arrangement, SPSP is a sponsor and will not be legally or financially responsible for the conference and no contract should be signed under the auspice of SPSP, Inc.
2) Funds hosted at SPSP. If this method is chosen, SPSP will be the host of the conference and will assume contractual responsibility, including financial, legal and tax responsibility. Organizers will maintain control of the program content and will work with SPSP staff on budgets/contracts.
In either payment scenario, if the conference does not occur within 12 months, the funds must be returned to SPSP. Recipients of the grant must provide a post-event final report summarizing the event and its outcomes.
HOW TO APPLY
Applications are accepted from full members of SPSP (those with doctorates in psychology). Applications are accepted twice annually:
- April 1 – July 1, to be awarded in August (for conferences held between September and August of the following year)
- October 1 – December 1, to be awarded in January (for conferences held between February and January of the following year)
application will be evaluated based on its unique scientific merit, and SPSP
encourages submitters to consider
diversity in attendees and speakers when organizing a conference. Diversity
includes gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity and race, disability, career
level, and more. It is strongly recommended that you include a list of proposed
and/or confirmed speakers. SPSP also encourages collaboration with other
organizations, including programmatic and financial collaborations.
About the Program
- To be considered for the program, you must be graduating in Summer 2017, Fall 2017, or Spring 2018.
- Applicants must be a member of an under-represented ethnic minority group (i.e., African American/Black, American Indian/Alaska Native, Latino/Hispanic/Chicano/Puerto Rican, Asian/Asian American.Pacific Islander, or Middle Eastern).
- Your complete application must be received by 10/31/2016.
- If you are selected for the internship, you will receive a summer stipend of $3,000 to support your housing and living expenses.
- You will also receive up to $500 to support your travel to and from the mentor’s location.
Finding a MentorPrior to completing your application, please review the list of participating faculty mentors. A list of faculty members and descriptions of their research programs are listed on our website.
Applicants will need to identify up to five potential mentors from the list of faculty mentors as part of the application. Feel free to reach out to potential mentors on this list to ask about their current research projects and whether they anticipate having room in their labs this coming summer.
- A completed application form
- A statement describing your general research interests and academic career goals (1000 word maximum)
- An uploaded copy of your resume/CV
- A letter of recommendation from a faculty member at your home institution who can speak to your academic achievements, work habits, and potential for success in the internship Your letter writer will be able to upload his or her letter for you to the website once you complete the application form
Applications will be reviewed by the SPUR Committee. Successful applicants will be matched with a mentor. The accepted intern and his or her mentor will be notified of acceptance into SPUR in the spring.
Accepted interns should contact their mentors as soon as possible to discuss a plan for the internship and for information regarding local housing resources, apartment locators, and/or relevant university services pertaining to student housing. Accepted interns will be asked to provide brief research and housing plan prior to beginning their internship.
If you have questions concerning the application process, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The goal of the Small
Grants program is primarily to support research for those post-Ph.D. who
otherwise do not have the same amount of institutional resources (e.g., time
free from teaching, access to graduate student support, internal funding
mechanisms, grant writing resources) to support a sustained record of external
funding. The Small Grant is especially intended to provide seed funding to help
such individuals successfully apply for larger grants.
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.
EligibilityApplicants must be 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
How to Apply
We are now accepting grant applications for the Spring 2017 Cycle. 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:
- Importance or significance of the topic to the field
- Clarity and quality of the research methodology and analyses that will be conducted. 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.
- Appropriateness of the budget
- Feasibility of completing the project within the timeline provided; and
- Average amount of grant dollars per year awarded to the PI for research.
The application must include an abstract, a description of the proposed project (described below), a curriculum vitae (CV), the proposed timeline for completion of the research, and a budget. Applications are due by November 1st. Applicants must be members of SPSP and their dues paid for 2017. Priority will be given to applications that have already received institutional review board (IRB) approval.
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.
Semifinalists will be announced by November 11th and must submit a two-minute video clip discussing their proposal by December 1. The semifinalists will be reviewed by a second judging panel and audience vote will account for part of the final score.