This year marks the sixth anniversary of the American Psychological Foundation’s (APF) Pre- College Grant program, which provides up to $20,000 a year to support projects that promote the science and application of psychology for promising high school students.

The program “tries to fund projects that wouldn’t typically be funded by other places,” says Parie Kadir, program officer of the APF. “Our mission is to seed innovation and launch careers. We really look for innovative, cutting-edge grants that you wouldn’t normally see — not just implementing psychology in high schools, but really showing students how interesting and exciting psychology can be.”

APF is particularly interested in projects that will generate student interest “in innovative ways and areas that not everyone is thinking about,” says Kadir.

Last year’s winner set up a program that allowed students to study the psychological impact of flight on pilots. “She planned to take her students to a simulator center to experience flight themselves,” Kadir says. “The project will help them to see that psychology isn’t just about private counseling, but also that it can benefit society. I personally would have loved to go with them.”

Past projects have included professional development for teachers, pre-college research internships for students, and an intensive threeweek summer program for promising juniors and seniors at the University of Chicago.

The 2012 grant cycle is under way, with applications due by May 1.

Guidelines and application information available online.

In addition to the Pre-College Grant program, APF offers two additional grant programs for high school psychology teachers through the Education Directorate, one to provide travel and related support for teachers to attend workshops and conferences, such as to the APA Annual Convention, and one to support local teaching networks. These grant cycles are also now under way, with applications due by April 15 and May 1.

To apply for these grants, contact APA’s Education Directorate by email.

—E. Wojcik