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APF John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant for Psychologists Investigating Serious Emotional Disturbance (SED)

The John and Polly Sparks Early Career Grant supports early career psychologists conducting research in the area of early intervention and treatment for serious emotional disturbance in children.

The John and Polly Sparks Foundation partnered with APF to empower early career psychologists to produce scientifically-based research and programs that could provide models for broad-based applications across the country.

APF will be awarding three grants of up to $20,000 and one grant of up to $19,000.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Conformance with stated program goals and qualifications.
  • Quality and impact of proposed work.
  • Innovation and contribution to the field with proposed project.
  • Applicant's demonstrated competence and capability to execute the proposed work.


Applicants must:

Be an early career psychologist (no more than 10 years post‐doctoral with a degree from an accredited university).

Proposal Requirements

  • Title and description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods and anticipated outcomes. Please include the following (not to exceed five pages, 1-inch margins, 11-point Times New Roman/Garamond Font, single space):
    • Relevant background, literature review, specific aims, significance
    • Methods section (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments, and procedures can be evaluated)
    • Implications section
  • Timeline of proposed project (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed 1 page)
  • Two letters of support.
  • CV (10 page max)

Proposal length including timeline and budget can be up to 7 pages, not including references.

Submission Process


  • Apply online.
Application date
15 Mar 2019
America United States Mid-Atlantic
Social sciences Psychology & Cognitive Sciences
Required post-doc experience: 
between 0 and 10 years
Grants available
Award granted
Up to US$ 20.000