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Grant to a USA, Canada, or International Graduate Student or Qualifying Psychologist to Conduct Research in the Field of Trauma

Dr. Christine Blasey Ford Grant


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/21/24 11:59 PM Hawaii Time (HST) Save

Grant Description
Grant of $1,900 to a USA, Canada, or International graduate student or early-career psychologist affiliated with a qualifying institution or government agency to conduct research studies in the field of trauma. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that focus on the understanding, prevention, and treatment of the consequences of exposure to traumatic events such as sexual assault, sexual harassment, and rape.

Direct costs are budget items that are considered acceptable by APF.

  • Open access costs/publication costs are considered direct project costs and are acceptable. It is important to consider how your funded proposal will make an impact – and if/how your results will be disseminated. 
  • PI stipend/salary support is considered a direct cost, but is evaluated within the context of the methodology and the PI time dependent on the success of the study. If an applicant includes PI stipend/salary support as a budget item line, they should include justification/rationale for the divergence of funds from other project areas.
  • Other examples of direct costs include:
    • Participant payments
    • Technology expenses (hardware/software/imaging etc)
    • Travel (to conduct research or disseminate findings)
    • Non-PI (personnel) stipend/salary support (this includes co-PI’s and/or Research Assistants)
    • Supplemental training


Additional Eligibility Criteria
Applicants must:
- Be a graduate student or early career psychologist (a doctoral-level psychologist who is no more than 10 years postdoctoral)
- Be affiliated with nonprofit charitable, educational and scientific institutions, or governmental entities operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes
- Have a demonstrated knowledge of trauma and trauma research
- Have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work

APF encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, gender, and geography.

International applicants from countries that have diplomatic relations with the United States and who meet the other eligibility requirements may apply for APF funding.

- APF does not allow institutional indirect/administrative/overhead costs and/or fees to be taken out of grant monies. The entire grant must be provided to the individual grantee for the stated purpose. Institutional indirect/administrative/overhead costs and/or fees may not be included in the applicant’s grant budget. If the applicant is selected for funding, and the institution accepts the funds on behalf of the applicant, the institution must adhere to the grant application budget and affirm in writing, on the grant Terms & Conditions, that it will waive all institutional indirect/ administrative/overhead costs and/or fees.
- In general, any cost that is not directly compensating or reimbursing an effort/service/item/infrastructure that is integral to the success of the proposed project is considered either an institutional indirect/ administrative/ overhead cost and/ or fee. If an effort/service/item/infrastructure is already provided to the applicant and would be available whether or not the proposal existed, then the item is not considered integral to the success of the proposal.
- Examples of institutional indirect/administrative/overhead costs and/or fees: Examples include (but are not limited to): Technology Infrastructure Fees, Cost-Share Initiatives of any kind, lab administration and/or maintenance fees, etc.

Current APF Trustees are not allowed to receive APF grants. APF Trustees must wait one year after their term of service before they can be considered for a grant.

Pre-Application Information
Deadline: February 21, 2024. Applications are due at 11:59 p.m. Hawaii Time (HT) on the due date.

The Foundation tries to announce grant recipients approximately two to three months after a grant deadline, though the exact time may take shorter or longer depending on the number of applications received. Applicants are not held to the timelines they submit in their proposals.

IRB Approval:
- Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for any research project involving human participants.
- APF cannot disburse grant monies without IRB approval. Successful applicants have six months from the date of the grant approval to obtain IRB approval, or the grant will be rescinded.

You can apply to as many APF programs as you like. Researchers can win multiple awards for different projects. Each individual project, however, can only win once. This means that if you win funding for your project, that specific project will be removed from consideration for future funding opportunities from APF.


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Number of Grants
One grant will be awarded.

Estimated Size of Grant
One grant of up to $1,900 will be awarded.

Term of Contract
Funding begins when recipients submit IRB approval and the required paperwork. APF funding will continue for a maximum of 12 months from the check date. Extensions are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information
Apply online:

For questions, use the contact form to get in touch with the Program team:

American Psychological Foundation
750 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002-4242

Phone: (202) 336-5843
Fax: (202) 336-5812

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