Foundation News

Calls for Grants and Awards Nominations

Apply for Neuropsychology Scholarship

APF will award two $2,500 Benton-Meier Scholarships in neuropsychology in 2007. Applicants should submit a letter, co-signed by their faculty mentor or director of training, detailing research accomplishments, a budget for the proposed course of study, and the purpose for which the scholarship will be used. Applications should be submitted online at The deadline is June 1.

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Funding Available for Violence Prevention

APF will award up to $20,000 in 2007 for innovative community programming aimed at interventions to prevent and reduce violence in society. Proposals from non-PhD holders and non-psychologists will be accepted provided their proposal meets the following program goals:

  • Encourages the transfer of psychological science with regard to violence, its prevention, and intervention strategies to programmatic applications within the community

  • Supports the implementation of innovative community programs aimed at preventing violence in a number of social settings (e.g. young adult populations, the elderly, domestic partnerships, and others)

Applicants must be engaged in research-based program implementation. Special consideration will be given to programs that show promise for broad-based community support. The deadline is June 1. 

$16,000 Available for Graduate Scholarships

In 2007, APF will provide up to $16,000 for graduate research scholarships, which will include 11 $1,000 awards, a $3,000 Ruth G. and Joseph D. Matarazzo Scholarship, and a $2,000 Clarence Rosecrans Scholarship.

Each department of psychology that is a member in good standing of the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology (COGDOP) may nominate up to three candidates. Students should contact their psychology department to inquire about the nomination process. Each nomination should include five copies of the application, letter of recommendation from a graduate research advisor, transcript, cv, and a brief outline of the nominee’s thesis or dissertation research project. The deadline is June 15.

This program is administered by the APA Science Directorate. For more information, contact (202) 336-600 or visit

Proposals Sought for Disaster Relief Programs

APF is accepting proposals for the 2007 Raymond A. and Rosalee G. Weiss Research and Program Grant, which will support psychology-based disaster relief programs. Up to $20,000 will be available for programs that

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive approach to the sustained rebuilding of communities

  • Encourage the application of psychological science to problems arising in the aftermath of disasters and crises, and

  • Implement psychological principles into innovative programs in the recovery effort

Applicants must be affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, but a PhD is not required. For proposal requirements, visit or contact Idalia Ramos, Program Officer, at (202) 336-5814 or via Email. The deadline is July 1, 2007

Apply for APF Visionary Grant

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 APF visionary grants 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

APF considers one-cycle applications on a quarterly basis. Upcoming deadlines are July 1, October 1, and December 1.

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Apply for Mental Illness Dissertation Award

APF and the APA Science Directorate are accepting applications for the 2007 APF Todd E. Husted Award, which recognizes an individual whose dissertation demonstrates the most potential to contribute to the development of improved outreach and delivery of mental health services for those with severe and persistent mental illness.

Topics relevant for the $2,000 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 deterioration, homelessness, and premature deaths of those with serious mental health 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 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 regarding the role of serious mental illness in the behaviors of mentally ill offenders; or

  • increase access to and utilization of appropriate services and supports for the most treatment-resistant and severely mentally ill individuals.

The deadline is September 15.

IRA Rollover Bill

In 2007, individuals who are age 70 ½ or older may donate distributions of up to $100,000 from their Traditional or Roth IRAs directly to charity without having to pay taxes on the distributions as income. Mention the IRA Rollover Bill to your attorney or tax advisor to see if you are eligible to take advantage of this opportunity. For more information about how to contribute to APF, contact Elisabeth Straus at (202) 336-5824 or via Email.