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Applications due December 1

The Executive Committee of SPR is delighted to announce the initiation of the Small Research Awards program, which will be a trial program during the 2013-2014 academic year (September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2014).  This year the due date for submitting the application online will be December 1.  A maximum of 9 awards, each with a maximum value of $2000, will be made annually to SPR members (6 awards to regular and retired members and 3 to student members) across SPR chapters.  All members in good standing within the Society are encouraged to apply for these awards.

Applications are invited to address research questions specifically pertaining to psychotherapy processes and outcome and the training/supervision of psychotherapists.  Only projects that are in the planning stages or are ongoing at the time of application will be considered.  That is, completed research projects will not be eligible.  The awards are specifically designed to aid investigators complete small pilot projects that are expected to provide data for future, larger projects.

Awards may be used to purchase supplies (including instruments, equipment, postage, photocopying, software, etc.); to pay coders, research, or technical assistants; and to remunerate client or therapist participants.  Awards may not be used for travelling expenses to present at conferences, but travel funds may be reimbursed if travel is necessary to collect data.

A Review Committee, comprised of one member from each SPR chapter, will be nominated by each chapter’s President.  This Review Committee will evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Executive Committee.  To the extent possible, the intent is to seek balance in awardees across chapters.

This year’s grant applications are due December 1 to this year’s Review Committee Chair, Micki Friedlander.  The Review Committee’s recommended awardees will be submitted to the Executive Committee for final approval by April 15, 2013, and award recipients will be notified after they have been approved by the Committee.  The awards will be announced at the next annual SPR International Meeting. 

Grantees will receive their awards through a Responsible Authority (university or other institution).  Please note that no indirect costs will be granted to the awardee’s institution.
All funds must be spent by August 31, 2014.  A Final Report will be due to the SPR Executive Committee by February 1, 2015.

The application ( should be submitted electronically to Micki Friedlander (, the Research Awards Review Committee Chair.  The application includes an Abstract (limited to 250 words), a summary of the proposed project (limited to 1500 words), an abbreviated Curriculum Vitae (CV), the total budget for the project, and the proposed timeline for completion of the research.  Student members must, in addition, submit an Evaluation Form (included in application) from the supervising faculty member.  That is, if the proposed project is a master’s thesis or doctoral dissertation, the faculty member should be the Chair of the student’s thesis or dissertation committee; if the project is independent research other than a thesis or dissertation, the faculty member should be the responsible supervisor of the project. 

For all applications (regular/retired and student member), the applicant must be in good standing with the Society (i.e., current year’s dues paid, as well as past dues, if applicable).  For both regular/retired and student members, priority will be given to applications that are submitted with documentation from the applicant’s institutional review board that the proposed project has been approved (if such approval is required by the applicant’s institution and country).  Secondary priority will be given to applications with pending institutional review board approval (again, if such approval is required).  Student applications without approval documentation must be accompanied by a clear statement from the supervisor confirming that no problems with institutional review board approval are expected.

The Awards Committee will evaluate each proposal along the following criteria:

  • Importance or significance of the topic to the field

  • Clarity and quality of the methodology

  • Appropriateness of the budget

  • Feasibility of completing the project within one year

  • Prospects for future funding

  • Applicant’s qualifications for completing the proposed project successfully

  • (for students only):  Faculty Evaluation Form

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