American Psychological Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The American Psychological Foundation (APF) supports research into the connection between behavior and health, on the reduction of social stigma around mental health, fostering understanding, preventing violence, and on long-term mental health needs after a disaster has occurred.

IP TAKE: APF's application procedures are unclear, so it’s a good idea for grantseekers to contact the foundation prior to submitting an application or proposal.

PROFILE: Since the early 1950s, the American Psychological Foundation (a grantmaking organization affiliated with the American Psychological Association) has supported “research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential.” 

APF's specific areas of interests include treating serious mental illness, understanding prejudice, and using psychology to help victims of disasters. Areas beyond this larger funding scope include study of gifted children and adolescents, combating homophobia, connecting mental and physical health, child psychology, and human reproductive behaviors.

APF's grants are offered to early, mid-level, and senior career scientists and investigators working in a number of mental health disciplines, including but not limited to psychology, psychoanalysis, neuropsychology, and perceptual-cognitive development. While the foundation mostly funds research, it sometimes supports intervention and education programs and projects. Most grants from APF range from around $2,000 to $90,000. To learn more about the studies, projects, and programs receiving APF support, browse through its Foundation Grants page.

It also offers a large number of grants for graduate students, from $1,000 up to $10,000, for students of psychology, pyschopharmacology, and even public policy, for research and conference travel. APF also offers Visionary Grants of up to $20,000 to projects and programs that “use psychology to solve social problems.” This is available to graduate students and early career researchers alike.

APF isn’t completely clear on its application procedures, but it looks as though the foundation announces various requests for proposals throughout the year, which have their own assigned deadlines. 

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