Visionary Grants

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

Deadline: April 1, 2016

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.

Support research in psychology: Donate to this fund.

  • 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
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
    "Stand for Courage: Preventing bullying and suicide in high schools using positive recognition of stand-up behavior" 
  • 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.