Fund for Psychoanalytic Research: Application & Submission

This is intended to be a general overview of the application.  Details are under Instructions.
The complete instructions for application may be found here and a description of the review process may be viewed here

Face Page (The following are general comments only. Please see Instructions for each of the 4 forms for a complete application.)

See form #1.

Note: Question 5a on the form refers to the institution that will assume financial responsibility for the project (university, hospital, psychoanalytic institute, etc.). If the research is not to be under the administrative auspices of either an institution at which the applicant holds a position, or the psychoanalytic institute or society with which the applicant is affiliated, this should be clearly indicated. In certain cases, when special justification can be provided, the APsaA National Office will assume administrative responsibility. Please contact Tina Faison at with questions, which will be forwarded to the Chair of the Fund.

Curriculum Vitae

See form #2 

In responding to Form 2, the applicant must provide a bio-sketch of the PI and other key personnel, not to exceed a total of 4 pages for each individual.

For a Beginning Scholar Consultation Grant or a Beginning Career Support Grant, include also a maximum four-page CV for primary mentor and/or senior investigator with whom PI will be consulting. This CV should follow the same guidelines as above and should also include other grant support.

Other Support

See form #3

Under other grant support the applicant should include all past support from the Fund, even if the award period has been completed. In addition, current and past grant support from all other sources should be listed and described.

Resubmission of previously deferred applications:

Applicants should provide a detailed introductory letter indicating how the previous reviewers' critiques have been addressed. Applicants should provide page numbers for the specific revisions in response to the previous critiques and also indicate by a change in font (e.g., italics) or underlining where in the research plan substantive revisions have been made.


See form #4.

The maximum budget for a research grant is $20,000 annually for a two year period, for a consultation grant $3000 for a one year period, for a pilot studies grant $5000 for a one year period, and for a career development award $15,000 for a two year period. There is no page limit for the budget, which should include the following information:

Note: The Fund does not support:

  • Overhead and indirect costs.
  • Fees paid for psychoanalytic treatment even if such treatment is undertaken as part of a research project.
  • Private-practice salary levels.
  • Payment for released time of a full-time practicing clinician unless this time is for the limited period covered by a career-award and the applicant defines clearly how many patient hours he/she will supplant with research/career development time.
  • Salary support for completing manuscripts.

The Fund does support:

  • Academic and institutional salary levels.
  • Pro-rated salary for PI's who are academic or institutional employees, and who ordinarily supplement part of their salary from research grants. A statement of explanation should be included in such cases and may be further supported by statements from a departmental business office or departmental chairman.
  • Consultant Fees: Include any costs from individuals serving as consultants; for example research design consultations, scoring of assessments, statistical consultation.
  • Equipment: List the cost of and justify the need for each item of equipment requested. Note that because the awards the Fund can grant are small, requests for large pieces of equipment or for computers are typically not granted unless the PI can make a strong case for why a given computer is absolutely critical to the proposed research and cannot be obtained in any other way.
  • Supplies: List costs by main categories (e.g., external hard drives for data storage, duplicating costs, office supplies).
  • Other expenses: List separately main categories (e.g., computer networking costs, equipment repair and maintenance, subject fees, necessary travels).
  • Travel costs: These might include funds for the PI to travel to consult with another investigator or to support an on-site consultation from a research advisor. Applicants are advised to use this category with some judgment given the overall small amounts of the awards. A budget for a research grant that predominantly supports travel for the PI or a consultant might warrant reconsideration as a consultation application.

Budget Justification

Provide a narrative justification for each of the items listed in the budget. For personnel provide details for their role in the project and their expertise. For items such as subject fees, provide individual amounts (e.g., $50 per subject or $5000 for 100 subjects total). There is no page limit on this section.


Applicants may include relevant material that could aid in evaluating the proposal such as reprints, preprints, and copies of key measures that will be used. However, the appendix should not circumvent important detail that is necessary for a clear and concise account of the research plan. Comments such as "see appendix for more details" are not acceptable while comments such as "questionnaire included in the appendix" are.

Suggested Outside Reviewers

Applicants may submit a request for an outside reviewer and also suggest names for reviewers. The committee also maintains a list of outside reviewers whose consultation is routinely sought.


All applications and supporting materials, including appendices, should be submitted via email to Tina Faison at Submission may be in the form of Adobe pdf files or Miscrosoft Word files.

Submission Deadlines

New, resubmitted, and competitive renewal applications:

December 31 of each year for winter review
May 1 of each year for spring review

Note: These deadlines are absolute. Applications submitted past a deadline will be reviewed in the next review cycle six months later.

Progress Reports

Progress reports for all grants awarded are due twice annually on May 1 and November 1.

Grant awards will be announced on the American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) Website, by email on the APsaA Association and Members Listserves, and in The American Psychoanalyst.

Progress reports will be posted on the APsaA Website. Each progress report should describe:

  • Methods and procedures employed in the research to date (in relation to the Research Plan proposed)
  • Pilot data obtained thus far
  • Difficulties encountered and/or modifications to the Research Plan

In the absence of timely progress reports, applications will not be considered for a second round of funding.