2013 APA CEMRRAT2 Task Force Implementation Grants Fund (IGF) for Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology — Request for Proposals

Where to find information regarding funding and application procedures.

The APA Commission on Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology II (CEMRRAT2) Task Force is pleased to announce its Request for Proposals (RFPs) for the 2013 APA CEMRRAT Implementation Grants Fund (IGF) for Ethnic Minority Recruitment, Retention and Training in Psychology. APA's Public Interest Directorate has once again been awarded funding in 2013 to continue implementation of the CEMRRAT plan. The five goals of that plan are:

  1. promote and improve multicultural training in psychology,

  2. increase ethnic minority faculty recruitment and retention in psychology,

  3. increase ethnic minority student recruitment, retention and graduation in psychology,

  4. provide national leadership for diversity and multiculturalism in education, science and human services, and

  5. promote data collection, research and evaluation on ethnic minority recruitment, retention, education, graduation and training.

As in previous years, the CEMRRAT IGF intends to serve as a source for "seed funding" to energize, empower and support interested individuals, organizations and educational institutions committed to enhancing and/or increasing ethnic minority recruitment, retention and training in psychology.

Eligible applicants for these grant funds are state psychological associations, APA divisions, departments/schools of psychology, APA boards and committees, other entities of organized psychology and individuals. Applicants must be APA members at the time funds are awarded.

Unlike the process of rolling submissions used in the past, all proposals must be received by the APA Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs (OEMA) on or before April 1st. It is anticipated that approximately two to four proposals will be funded under each of the seven priority areas listed below. Typical award size is between $1,000 and $3,500.

Established Funding Priorities for FY2013

Training: Professional Development/Linguistic Minorities

To support projects/activities that promote the development of training programs (and associated professional development of faculty) that improve services to linguistic minorities. Examples of such activities/ projects include:

  • collecting, publishing and disseminating model programs that focus on training for services with linguistic minority populations,

  • designing, documenting and evaluating mental health services, research and professional psychology training programs focused on linguistic minorities and

  • establishing practicum or mental health services research training in settings serving linguistic minorities.

Current Initiative: Racial/Ethnic Minority Health Disparities

To support projects/activities that serve to increase the number of prospective and early career ethnic minority psychology faculty committed to issues of diversity in research and scientific inquiry, and who will contribute to scientific educational experiences and role modeling in academic settings. Examples of projects include technical assistance workshops in grant application skills or publication processes, workshops for teaching doctoral students in learning styles and/or development of course exams and preparing future faculty. This funding priority area is also interested in increasing the representation of ethnic minority psychologists in academia and teaching careers. However, it is recognized that those efforts to launch such activities/ projects may exceed available funding; therefore, highest consideration will be given to proposals that present a funding match as part of the request. (Please note: This funding priority area is not designed to support research projects, faculty salary or post-doctoral fellowship supplements or dissertation research.)

Faculty Development

To support projects/ activities that serve to promote increased levels of multicultural competence in teaching, practice and research among a program’s/department’s psychology faculty. Individual professional development will be considered only if applicant presents evidence of limited institutional support or resources for such activities.

Students: Undergraduate/Graduate Innovation 

To support projects/ activities for undergraduate and graduate departments and professional schools related to developing innovative strategies for recruitment, retention and graduation of ethnic minority students in psychology. Applications should propose support of educational transition from high school, to college, to graduate school.

Students: STEM

To support projects/ activities for individuals, organizations and educational institutions that are committed to identifying, demonstrating, documenting or disseminating innovative tools and strategies that define psychology as a STEM discipline. 

Students: Indigenous Approaches

To support projects/ activities that promote outreach, applied experiences and service learning for ethnic minority students across the educational pipeline.

Monitoring & Assessment of Ethnic Minority Representation and Participation in Psychology

To support data collection, research and evaluation on ethnic minority recruitment, retention, education, graduation, leadership development, training and diversity in psychology. In addition to projects that are informative to the developmental process and institutional procedures associated with effective ethnic minority recruitment, retention and training.

How to Apply

There is a standard cover sheet that must accompany the application. Successful applications (in no more than five pages) should describe:

  • problem to be addressed and what is to be done (goals and activities),

  • how these goals are to be accomplished (procedures),

  • expected outcomes or findings,

  • a justified budget for the funding amount requested and

  • rationales as to how the proposed effort is consistent with the CEMRRAT funding priorities and the provisions of the CEMRRAT Plan. In general, CEMRRAT funds may not be used to support travel, indirect or overhead costs, or research projects, unless such expenses are strongly justified and integral to project objectives.

It is hoped that those activities that receive funding will serve as demonstration models. Consequently, progress reports will be expected to be submitted annually by Dec. 1, and a final report must be submitted within 60 days of completion of the funded activity.

Information and materials required for submission can be found on the CEMRRAT webpage. All materials/information must be received by OEMA on or before May 31, 2013. Please direct all inquiries and submissions (email, fax or regular mail) to:

American Psychological Association
Office of Ethnic Minority Affairs
750 First Street, NE
Washington, D.C. 20002-4242
(202) 336-6029 Voice
(202) 336-6040 Fax