APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

Examples of funded projects include:

  • Teaching of psychological science around the world;
  • the development of new regional teaching conferences, within or outside the United States;
  • the development of well-edited (including peer-reviewed) websites that make teaching resources widely accessible;
  • development of and/or facilitating access to multimedia resources for teaching psychology;
  • providing means for people who share common interests or face common challenges in teaching psychology to identify one another and collaborate.

Call for Applications

The APS Teaching Fund invites applications for small (up to $5,000), non-renewable grants to launch new projects that are designed to achieve any of the following priorities:

  1. disseminate resources that support effective teaching of psychology and development of effective psychology teachers;
  2. facilitate communication among teachers of psychology who share common challenges and who would benefit from sharing ideas and resources;
  3. develop means to provide expert advice and consultation to faculty engaging in projects that support the teaching of psychology; and
  4. publicize and enhance the availability of psychology teaching resources and opportunities to psychology teachers.

The APS Teaching Fund Committee will judge projects according to their innovation, their focus on psychological science, the benefits and resources they provide or make accessible to teachers of psychology, their perceived effectiveness, and their appropriateness for wide dissemination.

Although the priorities listed above will guide the review of applications, applications that entail projects falling outside these priorities will be considered, if the APS Teaching Fund Committee deems the project goals to be similar in importance to those on the list.

The APS Teaching Fund Committee reviews proposals twice per year. Application deadlines: March 1 and October 1. If the number of projects deemed worthy exceeds the available funds, those that are not funded will be reconsidered in the next succeeding round of applications.

The Teaching Fund was made possible through the generous support of The David & Carol Myers Foundation. To read more about the fund click here.

To apply:

E-mail applications to teachfund@psychologicalscience.org with the following:

  1. Project Title
  2. Project Director(s)
  3. Institution or individual to whom the grant will be awarded. (A single grantee must be named as Principal.) Provide a letter assuring institutional support if this is relevant to the proposed project.
  4. Abstract: Summarize the project in 300 words or less.
  5. Narrative description of project. Describe concretely and succinctly (1,000 words or less) the project goals and the way those goals will be met. Be specific about what the products and benefits of the project will be. Briefly describe other similar resources or projects and illustrate how your resource or project is different.
  6. Budget: Describe how grant funds will be used.
  7. Timeframe: Describe the anticipated time course of the project.
  8. Other funding sources: If seeking or anticipating funding from other sources, please identify these, including whether any other funding is committed now or will be by the time the project begins.
  9. Sustainability: If appropriate, describe how this project will be sustained once it is launched. Will the project be able to continue without additional funding from the APS Teaching Fund?
  10. Describe how the results of the project will be publicized.
  11. Director Qualifications: Describe or attach curriculum vitae showing the qualifications of the project director(s) to conduct the project successfully.

Applicants are invited to discuss ideas with the Teaching Fund Committee prior to submission.
Contact:  Tracy E. Zinn, Chair at zinnte@jmu.edu

APS Teaching Fund Committee

Tracy E. Zinn, James Madison University, Chair
Mark Costanzo, Claremont McKenna College
David Daniel, James Madison University
Amanda Diekman, Miami University
Sue M. Frantz, Highline College
Mandy Gingerich, Butler University
Rajiv Jhangiani, Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Neil S. Lutsky, Carleton College
Steve Meyers, Roosevelt University