Grants-In-Aid to Reduce Barriers to Improving Psychological Science

Applications are currently OPEN for SIPS Grants-in-aid!

The Society for the Improvement of Psychological Science (SIPS) wants to provide a mechanism for its members to advance the SIPS Mission outside the confines of the annual conference. To that end, we are delighted to announce the availability of grants-in-aid for projects that will reduce barriers to improving psychological science.

We define projects broadly. Examples of projects in alphabetical order include (but are not limited to) educational resources, interactive media, preconferences, small in-person gatherings to complement online conferences, social networks, software, tutorials, webinars, and workshops. Applicants should, however, feel free to submit projects not captured in these examples or propose to build on existing projects.


Contributors at any stage of their career at any type of institution are eligible to apply. The lead contributor must be a member of SIPS and may request a dues waiver if financial assistance is needed to join. Lead contributors may submit only one application per deadline. Members of the SIPS Executive Committee are ineligible to be contributors. 

We encourage and will give preference to projects led by scholars with one or more of the following characteristics: scholars who are members of one or more groups that are underrepresented in psychological science, scholars in training (e.g., students, postdocs), scholars who earned their doctoral degree within the last seven years, scholars working in circumstances where research is challenging or support is limited, and scholars outside Canada, Europe, and USA.


Contributors may request up to $2,500 USD. SIPS intends to commit $7,750 USD total across 3-7 awards. 

Funding requires open sharing of the grant application and grant output for awarded projects. Contributors may apply a license to the application and output, if desired.

Funding for proposals involving research with human or animal subjects will only be released after receiving documentation of approval or exemption from the lead contributor’s institutional review board / ethics committee / animal care and use committee. Some research may require approval or exemption by regulatory bodies at other contributors’ institutions. The research cannot proceed until all approvals or exemptions are in place.

Funds may not be used for indirect costs (i.e., overhead) to institutions or as salary support for faculty or equivalent personnel. Funds may be used to cover a small stipend for student or postdoc consultants necessary to conduct the project (e.g., undergraduate or graduate project assistance).


Submit your proposal here. If you can not access to Google form, submit your proposal by filling this the form here and sending it to, with an email subject starting with “GIA 2024 Application”. The proposal includes the following fields:

Please provide the names and role(s) of all contributors to the project. For roles, please succinctly describe what each contributor will do in service of the project; if applicable, consider using the Contributor Roles Taxonomy:

To be eligible for a grant-in-aid, the lead contributor must be a SIPS member who agrees to share the grant application and grant output publicly if funded. 

The lead contributor assumes primary responsibility for submitting the proposal and corresponding with SIPS as needed about the proposal. If the grant-in-aid is awarded, the lead contributor assumes responsibility for receiving the funds and carrying out the project.

If you are not a SIPS member, please join before proceeding further with this application by clicking here. If financial assistance is needed, you may request a dues waiver here before joining.

Lead Contributor’s Last/Family Name:

Lead Contributor’s First/Given Name:

Lead Contributor’s Institution:

Lead Contributor’s Email Address:

Which of the following describes the lead contributor? (Select all that apply):

  • SIPS member
  • Agrees to assume primary responsibility for submitting the proposal and corresponding with SIPS as needed about the proposal
  • Agrees to receive the funds and carry out the project if funds are awarded
  • Agrees to share grant application publicly if funded
  • Agrees to share grant output publicly if funded
  • Scholar who is a member of a group that is underrepresented in psychological science
  • Scholar in a training position (e.g., student, postdoc)
  • Scholar who earned their doctoral degree within the last seven years 
  • Scholar working in circumstances where research is challenging or support is limited
  • Scholar living and working outside Canada, Europe, and USA

Title of the project:

Abstract summarizing the project in up to 480 characters (~80 words):

Does the project involve human or animal subjects? (yes/no)

A proposal addressing the following:

  • Describe the project with supporting literature (up to 3600 characters, which is ~600 words; character limit includes in-text citations). The strongest proposals will articulate a rough timeline and the product(s) to be generated upon completion.
  • Explain how the project reduces a barrier to improving psychological science. If proposing to build on an existing project, explain how the proposed project will advance the work. (up to 1200 characters, which is ~200 words)
  • Provide a budget of up to $2,500 USD. The budget may not include salary support for personnel or indirect costs to institutions. The budget may include a stipend for consultants necessary to conduct the project (e.g., undergraduate or graduate project assistance). (up to 1200 characters, which is ~200 words)
  • Provide full references for works cited in proposal (no maximum character count):


Submit your proposal by 131 March 2024. You will receive a copy of your responses at the email address you provide as confirmation of submission. We anticipate notifying lead contributors about the outcome of their request for funding on or near 25 May 2023. 

Questions? Please email

Sponsored by: The grants-in-aid and other financial programs are made possible through SIPS memberships and generous donations from SIPS members and supporters. If you are interested in supporting this and other initiatives, please join SIPS or consider donating to one of our funds. SIPS membership waivers are available for those who would like to be involved with the organization and need financial assistance.

This call for proposals is an adapted version of SPSSI’s Grants-in-Aid Program.