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.

Application deadline is October 1.

To Apply

E-mail applications to 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.