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The Executive Committee of SPR established the Small Research Awards program in 2011. The awards are specifically designed to aid investigators in completing small pilot projects that are expected to provide data for future, larger research studies. Completed research projects will not be eligible. These grants are awarded annually to SPR members (regular/retired and student members) who are in good standing in the Society for Psychotherapy Research.


A maximum of 4 individual research awards (up to $2500 each) and 2 collaborative research awards (up to $5000 each) will be given for the academic year (September 1, 2020 to August 31, 2021). Applications should address research questions specifically pertaining to psychotherapy research, such as processes and outcome, methodological developments (data analysis, instruments, diagnostics, etc.), and the training/supervision of psychotherapists. Collaborative projects must include researchers from different institutions and countries and offer reasons for the project collaboration versus individual research.


Factors considered in evaluating a proposal are the importance or significance of the topic to the field, clarity and quality of the research methodology and analyses proposed, and the prospects for continuation of work building on the pilot project (if applicable). Only projects that are in the planning stages or are ongoing at the time of application will be considered. Furthermore, the project should be designed to be completed within the time frame proposed and within the budget requested. Applications that ask for funds primarily to complement other funds will not be supported.


Awards may be used to purchase supplies (including instruments, equipment, postage, photocopying, software, etc.); pay coders, research, or technical assistants; and to remunerate client or therapist participants. Awards may not be used for travel expenses to present at conferences, but travel costs may be reimbursed if travel is necessary to collect data. Justification for the budget is required, but it is not necessary to specify the use of every last dollar.


The due date for submitting 2020 applications is March 1, 2020.


Applications should include:


1. Application cover sheet


2. Abstract (maximum 250 words)


3. Project Description (maximum 1500 words, exclusive of references, tables & figures). The narrative should include the major research questions, the specific objectives of the study, the research methodology, the preliminary work already accomplished (if applicable), the anticipated significance to the field, and any supporting evidence regarding the likelihood of continuation of work building on the pilot project and future funding (if applicable). It is particularly important that applications specify analysis of the data collected sufficiently to convince raters that the project will be completed to an ethical and publishable standard. Quantitative projects should address sample size, power/effect sizes and use of confidence intervals to complement or replace hypothesis testing and should spell out aims leading to specific hypotheses or effects/models to be explored and the particular statistical and/or psychometric methods to be used. Qualitative projects should say what methods of exploration of the data will be used and how the chain of evidence and its plausibility and value will be conveyed in the report.


4. Timeline of proposed activities/work schedule


5. Itemized budget, with justification


6. A letter (or e-mail to the applicant) from the applicant’s institutional review board indicating that the proposal has been approved or has been submitted and is awaiting approval (if approval is required by the applicant’s institution or country). Letters of approval should indicate the start and end dates of the project.


7. Abbreviated curriculum vitae (CV) 5 pages maximum, focusing on the applicant’s major research activities (presentations, publications, works in progress) within the past 5 years. Students’ CVs should indicate educational status (e.g., master’s student, doctoral candidate). In case of a Collaborative Research, the application must include the CVs of all the researchers of the group.


*For both regular/retired and student members, priority will be given to projects that have been approved by or received a waiver of IRB (ethics committee) review from the Responsible Authority, i.e., University or other Institution. Secondary priority will be given to applications with pending institutional review board approval.


**For students: Application should include a Faculty Evaluation Letter endorsing the project including a clear statement confirming that no problems with completion of the project or with institutional review board approval are expected.


Individual or collaborative groups are not eligible to receive an additional, new grant from SPR within the same membership category (i.e., regular/retired members or student members) within a 5-year period from the date of receipt of the initial award. However, a student grantee may apply for a new grant within 5 years if she/he/they has become a regular SPR member in good standing.


The Review Committee will evaluate proposals and make recommendations for funding to the Executive Committee with winners notified by April 1, 2020. To the extent possible, the committee tries to balance awards across chapters and membership categories. The awards will be announced during the 2020 SPR conference at the General Membership Business 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, 2021.


A Final Report will be due to the SPR Executive Committee by February 1, 2022 and should include the following:

  • The extent to which the original aims as stated in the application have been achieved
  • The work undertaken in relation to this project
  • Any publications and presentations that have resulted from this work
  • Any related subsequent grant awards
  • An account for research funds from the responsible authority (University or other institution) 

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Small Research Grants 2018


Andrzej Werbart - SPR European Chapter
Aviv Nof - SPR European Chapter


Tohar Dolev - SPR European Chapter
Gal Lazarus - SPR European Chapter


Sebastian Euler - SPR European Chapter & Shelley McMain- SPR North America Chapter
Cristobal Hernandez - SPR Latin America Chapter & Marc Jarczok- SPR North America Chapter



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