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2012-13 Graduate Research Grants - Fall

Deadline: November 01, 2012 at 11:30 PM HST - CLOSED


To provide funds for Psi Chi members enrolled in a master’s or doctoral program in psychology or a psychology-related field to conduct an original research project

The first author of the proposal must:
• serve as the project director,
• be a graduate student,
• be a Psi Chi member with a member ID number on file at the Central Office,
• have at least one faculty member serve as a coinvestigator and oversee the project, and
• submit only one proposal per round and may receive only one grant per year.

While proposals with multiple student authors are accepted, administration of grant money is the responsibility of the first author serving as the project director. Proposals that are not funded in the first round may be resubmitted in the second round.

1. Proposals must be an electronic document written in English conforming strictly to the instructions in the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).
2. The description of the project (excluding title page, references, and appendices) should not exceed six pages in 12-point font(double-spaced).
3. All proposals should be masked. Your Psi Chi member ID number will serve as a unique identifier for your submission. The only items that will not be masked are the submission form and Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval.


1. General applicant information.

2. Description of the Project
a. Abstract. Include a 120-word APA-style abstract of the project (see APA Section 2.04 for more information).
b. Introduction. Include a literature review and indicate the importance of the project to the science of psychology (APA Section 2.05).
c. Method. Provide enough detail for a reviewer to assess the feasibility of the project (APA Section 2.06).
i. Participants. Describe the sample and indicate that the treatment of participants will meet the guidelines set forth by APA.
ii. Apparatus. Describe the materials necessary for the experiment.
iii. Procedure. Write a description of the experiment with a proposed timeline.
d. Results. Provide a brief description of how data will be analyzed and anticipated results (APA Section 2.07).
e. Discussion. Provide a summary of the implications of your anticipated results and limitations of the proposed study (APA Section 2.08).
f. References. Include references for the paper (APA Sections 6.11 & 6.22).

3. Budget. The total for each grant cannot exceed $1,500. Direct expenses incurred in the conduct of the research are allowed, including equipment, books, supplies, travel to conduct research, and payment of participants. The grant funds cannot be used to pay for travel to present the research or for student assistants to run/conduct the research.

4. IRB Approval. Include a statement from the IRB that the project has been approved. Projects under IRB review must present evidence of IRB status. Grant funds will not be released until IRB approval is obtained.