American Psychological Foundation (APF): Visionary Grants

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) is seeking applications for its Visionary Grants. This scheme provides seed funding for research, education and intervention programs that use psychology to solve social problems. APF encourages applications for pilot projects that will lead to major federal funding in the future, or for demonstration projects that can be applied broadly to similar geographical and social settings.

Priority areas are:

  • Applying psychology to at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g. serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged)
  • Preventing violence
  • Understanding the connection between behaviour and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity)
  • Understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g. race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability and socioeconomic status)

Funding & Duration

Up to US $20,000 (approx. AUD $25,800) for one year.


Applicants must:

  • Be a graduate student or early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral)
  • Be affiliated with a nonprofit charitable, educational or scientific institution, or governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes
  • Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work

The following are not eligible for funding:

  • Political or lobbying purposes
  • Entertainment of fundraising expenses
  • Anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual
  • Localized direct service
  • Conference/workshop expenses

Submission Requirements & Due Date

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