Call for Applications

APS Fund for the Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science

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:

a) disseminate resources that support the effective teaching of psychology and the development of effective psychology teachers;

b) facilitate communication among teachers of psychology who share common challenges and who would benefit from sharing ideas and resources;

c) develop means to provide expert advice and consultation to people engaging in projects that support the teaching of psychology; and

d) publicize and enhance the availability of psychology teaching resources and opportunities to psychology teachers.

Projects will be judged according to their creativity, 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.

The APS Teaching Fund will identify priorities, which will be reviewed and revised annually.  Initial priorities include: the internationalization of the teaching of psychology; 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 cooperate.  While these priorities will inform the review of applications, applications that fall outside these priorities will also be considered, if the project goals are similar in importance to those on the priority list.  Prospective applicants are invited to discuss ideas in advance with members of the APS Fund Steering Committee.

Each application should be e-mailed to teachfund@psychologicalscience.org and must contain 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 names 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.

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 members of the Teaching Fund Committee prior to submission. Robert Henderson, APS Teaching Fund Chair: hendersr@gvsu.edu
  • Proposals will be reviewed twice a year.  Receipt deadlines:  February 1 and August 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.
Observer Vol.19, No.3 March, 2006

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