Small Grants

Submissions are due March 1, 2024.

Submit a proposal for the Teaching Fund small grant via the online submission portal, accessible to current APS Members.

Application deadlines are March 1 and October 1.

Proposals should include the following information:

  • Project Title
  • Target Funding Category
    • Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
    • Meetings and Conferences
    • Technology and Websites
    • Antiracist Curricula
    • 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 (with the exception of student time), computers, and overhead costs are not funded.
  • 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.
  • Evaluation Plan: Describe a plan for evaluating the success of the grant. For most projects, it will be sufficient to collect and analyze simple data such as participant feedback, social media engagement, pageviews, etc.
  • Director Qualifications: Describe or attach curriculum vitae showing the qualifications of the project director(s) to conduct the project successfully.

Advice from the Committee

Submitted grants will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • How likely is the project to promote or advance high-quality psychological science?
  • How likely is the project to impact a broad audience?
  • How likely is the project to meet a need (includes both innovative teaching practices and contributing to underserved populations)?
  • How likely is the project to be sustainable beyond the APS funds?
  • How likely is the project to provide outreach opportunities (either connecting students to the community or disseminating information to the public)?

The APS Fund for Teaching and Public Understanding of Psychological Science was established with the support of The David and Carol Myers Foundation.

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