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APF is seeking proposals for research-based programs on violence prevention and intervention. Applicants may request up to $20,000.

Neuropsychology Scholarship Deadline is June 1

APF and APA Division 40 (Clinical Neuropsychology) are currently seeking applications for the Arthur Benton and Manfred Meier Neuropsychology Scholarships. Each $2,500 grant is awarded to a graduate student who shows great promise or achievement in their graduate studies, as signified by scholarly and/or research activity. Students must also demonstrate financial need.

Applicants should submit a letter documenting their accomplishments, financial need, and proposed use of the scholarship. The letter should be co-signed by their faculty mentor or director of training after he or she has certified the accuracy of the student's presented information. Seven copies should be sent to: Benton and Meier Scholarships, American Psychological Foundation, at the APA address. All applications must be received by June 1.

APF Offers $20,000 in Violence Prevention Grants

APF is seeking proposals for research-based programs on violence prevention and intervention. Applicants may request up to $20,000. With the grant, the APF board of trustees hopes to:

  • Encourage the application of psychological science to understanding and preventing violence.

  • Support innovative community programs aimed at preventing violence in social settings

  • Provide seed money for promising interventions proposed by community-based organizations or provide funding for established community programs that have been successful.

Applicants must be psychologists with a doctoral degree who are involved with a research-based program related to violence prevention. Special consideration will be given to programs with a strong research foundation and those that have, or show promise for, broad-based community support. The submission deadline is June 1. 

Apply for the 2006 Husted Award

The American Psychological Foundation and the APA Science Directorate invite nominations for the 2006 Todd E. Husted Memorial Award. This $1,000 award recognizes a person whose dissertation demonstrates the most potential to contribute to the development and improvement of mental illness services for those with severe and persistent mental illness.

Topics relevant for the award include those that foster the development of a more comprehensive, humane, and responsive system of mental health care; develop a protective and humane sequencing of interventions to prevent the deterioration, homelessness, and premature deaths of those with serious mental illness; develop effective methods of improving patient compliance with medication and treatment for those having impaired insight as a result of schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder; demonstrate practical methods of improved identification, diversion, and treatment of persons with mental illness who, as a result of that illness, enter the criminal justice system; foster methods to improve training and social attitudes of professionals in the criminal justice system (attorneys, public defenders, judges) regarding the role of serious mental illness in the behaviors of mentally ill offenders; increase access to, and utilization of appropriate services and supports for the most treatment resistant and severely mentally ill persons.

The Husted award is made possible by June Husted whose son, Todd, died as a result of poor services for the severely mentally ill. The application deadline is September 15, 2006. Completed applications will be accepted after June 1, 2006.

APF Offers Small Grants Program

Nonprofit organizations or individuals engaged in activities that advance psychology as a means of understanding behavior and promoting health and human welfare, are eligible to apply for an American Psychological Foundation (APF) grant of $5,000 or less. Grants must conform to one or more of APF’s funding priorities, which are as follows:

  • Education/Scholarships

  • Uncovering the connection between mental and physical health

  • Violence Prevention and Intervention

  • Responding to national and international disasters where psychology must play a role

APF considers applications on a quarterly basis. Upcoming deadlines for 2006 are July 1, October 1, and December 1.

APF will not consider grants for political or lobbying purposes; grants for entertainment of fundraising expenses; grants for projects with no relation to psychology; grants to anyone the IRS would regard as a disqualified group or individual; or grants to members of the APF Board of Trustees or APA Board of Directors. All projects involving original data collection from human participants must be approved by the applicant’s Institutional Review Board or Human Subjects Committee within 21 days of the application deadline.

For more information, visit APA grants and scholarships or call (202) 336-5814.