The awards and submissions listed below are currently open. For questions about these or other awards/submissions, contact SPSP.

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.


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.


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)

Your 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. 


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 $30,000 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.


Applicants 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 Summer 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:

  1. Importance or significance of the topic to the field
  2. 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.
  3. Appropriateness of the budget
  4. Feasibility of completing the project within the timeline provided; and
  5. Average amount of grant dollars per year awarded to the PI for research.