Small Grants

The APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science (otherwise known as the APS Teaching Fund) invites applications for non-renewable grants up to $5,000 to launch new projects broadly addressing the categories below:

  • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Grants in this category support high quality, potentially publishable, scholarship directed at the teaching and learning of psychological science
  • Meetings and Conferences: Grants in this category support efforts that facilitate communication among teachers of psychological science who share common challenges and who would benefit from sharing ideas and resources
  • Technology and Websites: Grants in this category support projects leveraging technological resources to enhance the teaching and learning of psychological science, and to increase the reach and efficient dissemination of related resources
  • Other: The fund welcomes proposals for innovative projects to enhance the teaching and learning of psychological science.

The APS Teaching Fund Committee reviews proposals twice per year. Application deadline is October 1.

To Apply

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

  • Project Title
  • Target Funding Category (e.g. SoTL, Meetings & Conferences, Technology & Websites, Other)
  • Project Director(s)
  • Institution or individual to whom the grant will be awarded. (A single grantee must be named as Principal.) A letter assuring institutional support if this is relevant to the proposed project is highly recommended.
  • Abstract: Summarize the project in 300 words or less.
  • Narrative description of project. Applications should describe concretely and succinctly (1,500 words or less) all of the following:
    • The project goals and the ways these goals will be met
    • The specific products and/or benefits the project will deliver
    • The project’s methods, how those are sound, and how they address an issue
    • relevant to the field (SoTL)
    • How the project promotes and advances high-quality teaching in psychological science in an innovative way
    • What impact the project will have on its target audience
    • How the project speaks to unmet needs in the teaching and learning community and possibly assists international or other under-served populations
    • Other similar resources or projects and how the current proposal adds to or differs from them 
  • Budget: Describe how grant funds will be used including an itemized budget and a clear explanation of why proposed expenditures are required. Instructor salaries, course buy-outs, or similar expenses are not funded (note: while there are exceptions, the fund does not generally fund overhead, computers, etc.)
  • Timeframe: Describe the anticipated time course of the project.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • Dissemination: Describe how the results of the project will be publicized.
  • Director Qualifications: Describe or attach curriculum vitae showing the qualifications of the project director(s) to conduct the project successfully.