Visionary Grants

Up to $20,000 to seed innovation through supporting research, education, and intervention projects and programs.

Deadline: April 1, 2015

Sponsor: APF


The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • Understanding and fostering the connection between behavior and physical health to ensure well-being.
  • Reducing stigma and prejudice to promote unity and harmony.
  • Understanding and preventing violence to create a safer, more humane world.
  • Supporting programs that address the long-term psychological needs of individuals and communities in the aftermath of disaster. 

One-year grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.

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  • Affiliation with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, but excluding: 
      - Any group regarded by the IRS as non-conforming to 501(c)(3). 
      - Any activity involving political, lobbying, fund-raising or entertainment expenditures.
      - Conference/workshop expenses.
      - Localized direct service. 

  • Demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work.

  • IRB approval must be received from host institution before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.

How to Apply

To apply, download the request for proposals (PDF, 375KB).

Past Recipients
  • Dara Babinski, PhD, Penn State
    "A novel social skills intervention for adolescent girls with ADHD"
  • Naama de la Fontaine, PhD, Yale
    "Police Response to Children Expose to Violence: The Impact of Specialized Training on The Current State of Practice" 
  • Arpana Gupta, PhD, UCLA 
    "Mind Altering Microorganisms: Sex and Race Difference in the Influence of Gut Microbiota on Brain Structures in Obese Healthy Control Subjects" 
  • Ryan Hill, Florida International University
    "Pilot Trial of a Web-Based Program to Reduce Perceived Burdensomeness in Adolescents
  • Anne Krendl, PhD, Indiana University
    "The current proposal uses a neuroscience approach to identify how stigmas about mental illness affect attitudes towards mental health treatment, and how they can be reduced." 
  • Casey LaDuke, Drexel
    "A prospective incremental validity study in an incarcerated sample" 
  • Scott Ross, PhD, Utah State University
    "Preventing Bulling in High School: A Matched-pairs Controlled Trial" 
  • Laura Taylor, PhD, UNC Greensboro
    "Daily Stressors and Positive Development among Immigrant and Refugee Youth"
  • Nadav Antebi, Columbia University
    "From Minority Stress to Minority Growth: Stigmatized Identity and the Development of Positive Attributes and Growth in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Populations" 
  • Laura Kati Corlew, PhD, East-West Center
    "Relating the Psychological Recovery from Recent Disasters to Climate Change Risk Perception and Preparedness in Hawai'i and American Samoa" 
  • Farrah Jacquez, PhD, University of Cincinnati
    "Physical and Mental Aspects of Stress and Resilience in Vulnerable Youth" 
  • Bernhard Leidner, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
    "From the Laboratory to Field-Experimental Interventions: Understanding and Improving the Justice Discourse in Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Resolution" 
  • Timothy Nelson, PhD, University of Nebraska, Lincoln
    To understand the relationship between sleep and psychopathology in youth with significant mental health problems 
  • Kymberlee O'Brien, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Boston
    "Transmission of Discrimination-Related Stress Reactivity and Reduction from Mother to Infant" 
  • Jodi Quas, PhD, University of California, Irvine
    "Empathy and Altruism: Missing Pieces in the Peace Building Process" 
  • E. Scott Geller, PhD, Virginia Tech University 
  • Tamara L. Newton, PhD, University of Louisville 
  • David Vogel, PhD, Iowa State University 
  • Rezarta Bilali, PhD, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Thao N. Le, PhD, Colorado State University 
  • Johanna Ray Vollhardt, PhD, Clark University 
  • Lisa Kiang, PhD, Wake Forest University 
  • E. Mark Cummings, PhD, University of Notre Dame 
  • Rachel Barr, PhD, Georgetown University
  • Sarah Enos Watamura, PhD, University of Denver
  • Alisha Ali, PhD, New York University
  • Judith E. Carroll, University of Pittsburgh 
  • Lenny R. Vartanian, PhD, Syracuse University 
  • Shari Elizabeth Miles-Cohen, PhD, Women's Programs Office, American Psychological Association 
  • Michelle Billies, Graduate Center of the City University of New York 
  • Joni T. Howard, Washington State University
  • Population Media Center 
  • S. D. Shantinath, PhD, Woman to Woman International 
  • Melissa I. Gebbia, PhD, Molloy College
  • Beatrice Beebe, PhD, New York State Psychiatric Institute 
  • BraVada Garrett-Akinsanya, PhD, LP, National Multicultural Conference and Summit 
  • Douglas C. Kimmel, PhD, AIZHIXING Institute of Health Education
  • Laurie Young, PhD, Older Women's League
  • Population and Development International 
  • Advanced Research and Training Seminars (ARTS)
  • Middle East and North Africa Regional Conference of Psychology, Science Directorate, American Psychological Association 
  • Sam Walton, We Care Media Arts, Inc.