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Friday, January 29, 12:45 PM, Room 6B



Three finalists have been selected to compete in the 2016 Q&pAy competition, SPSP’s live small grant review contest. Chosen from a large pool of applicants, the three finalists will compete for $5000 to fund their research during the 2016 SPSP competition in January. Click here to learn more!


SPSP is pleased to announce the kick off of Q&pAy, a small grants competition—our own version of the ABC hit show “Shark Tank”—at the 2016 annual convention.

Q&pAy will showcase three small grant finalists pitching their grant proposals to a team of social and personality experts who will ask questions about the grant (significance, research methods, budget, etc). During the 15-minute interrogation, audience members will be given the chance to participate in this high-stakes Q/A. In the end, the “sharks” will pick a winner to receive a $5,000 grant for their research.

Q&pAy is an educational experience for both contestants and audience members, and it is open to any current SPSP member or student. If you are attending the convention and interested in participating, complete the application below.

About the Grants

This program will provide a small grant to one winner (or a team of two) that is intended to support a relatively inexpensive, well-powered study that may be submitted for publication and for presentation at a future SPSP convention.  The winner will receive a $5,000 grant. Runners-up will also be awarded with a prize.

Awards may be used to compensate participants (on-line or in-person), purchase supplies, travel to research sites, or pay research assistants.  Funds may not be used for salary or travel to conferences, and no indirect costs will be granted to the awardee’s institution. If grantee’s institution cannot receive grants without direct costs being assumed, payments and tax-reporting responsibility falling upon the grantee.

Award recipients must submit a report of the research to SPSP within six months of the completion of the study and, if the research is successful, are expected to submit it both for publication and for presentation at the SPSP convention.

The Application Process

The application must include an abstract, a description of the proposed project (described below), a curriculum vitae (CV), the proposed timeline for completion of the research, and a budget. Applications may be submitted here and are due by December 1st. Applicants must be members of SPSP and their dues paid for 2016. Priority will be given to applications that have already received institutional review board (IRB) approval. 

The Review Committee will evaluate each proposal along the following criteria: (1) importance or significance of the topic to the field; (2) clarity and quality of the research methodology and analyses that will be conducted; (3) appropriateness of the budget; and (4) feasibility of completing the project within the timeline provided.  It is particularly important that applications include sufficient information to convince the Committee that the project will be completed to an ethical and publishable standard, so issues involving power, sample size, and planned analyses should be discussed.

Semifinalists will be announced by December 9th and must submit a two-minute video clip discussing their proposal by December 22nd. The three candidates selected to participate will be announced in early January.

The SPSP “Sharks”

Meet the experts who will question the finalists on-stage. 

Eli FinkelEli Finkel, Northwestern University - Eli J. Finkel is a professor at Northwestern University, with appointments in psychology and in the Kellogg School of Management. He earned his PhD from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 2001. He has kayaked through a snow squall in Antarctica, but he has never knowingly eaten porridge. 



Wendy Berry MendesWendy Berry Mendes, University of California--San Francisco - Wendy Berry Mendes is the Sarlo/Ekman endowed chair of Emotion at UC San Francisco. She obtained her PhD from UC Santa Barbara in 2003. In her spare time she enjoys competitive kite flying, visiting cat cafes, and preparing for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. 



Elizabeth HainesElizabeth Haines, William Paterson University - Elizabeth Haines is a professor of psychology at William Paterson University. She earned her Ph.D. from City University of New York in 1999. Her research focuses on stereotyping and prejudice. Well-honed skills include: the two finger whistle, daydreaming, and putting runs in her nylons.



Sam GoslingSam Gosling, The University of Texas at Austin - Sam Gosling is a professor of psychology at the University of Texas, Austin. His research focuses on personality in non-human animals, new methods for collecting data in everyday contexts, and the psychology of physical space. In the summers he can often be found at the helm of his tiny inflatable boat, the Belafonte II. 



Nicholas RuleNicholas Rule, University of Toronto - Nick Rule is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Toronto and the Canada Research Chair in Social Perception and Cognition. An expert in the study of person perception and thin-slices, he is an avid people-watcher, careful listener, and impatient judge of character. He presently lives in the tallest residential building in North America with his 20-lb. Maine Coon cat, Mrs. Jingles (pictures eagerly offered upon request).

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