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American Psychological Foundation Visionary Grants

The Visionary Grants support innovative research, education, and intervention efforts that advance psychological knowledge and application in

  • Understanding the connection between behavior and health.
  • Reducing stigma and prejudice
  • Understanding and preventing all forms of violence
  • Addressing long-term psychological needs in the aftermath of disaster

Preference will be given to early career psychologists (ten years or less postdoctoral), and pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from major federal and foundation funding agencies, and “demonstration projects” that promise to generalize broadly to similar settings in other geographical areas and/or to other settings.


Visionary Grants range from $5,000-20,000

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must

  • be affiliated with 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. APF will NOT consider the following requests for grants to support:
    • political or lobbying purposes
    • entertainment or fundraising expenses
    • anyone the Internal Revenue Service would regard as a disqualified group or individual
    • localized direct service
    • conference/workshop expenses
  • Have 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.

International applicants who meet the other eligibility requirements may apply for APF funding.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Innovative and potential impact qualities (introduction of proven interventions in a similar setting , minor extensions of established theory, or work that has little chance of replication or use beyond the proposed setting do not qualify as innovative or impactful)
  • Quality, viability, and promise of proposed work
  • Criticality of proposed funding for proposed work (mere contributions to larger funded efforts, or “add-ons” that could/should be carried out under that funding are discouraged)
  • Clear and comprehensive methodology
Application date
1 Apr 2018
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Social sciences Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 99 years
Award granted
Up to US$ 20.000