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2018 Inside the Grant Panel

A Small Grant Competition

Saturday, March 3, 2018
(HR) Regency V

The three finalists:

Julia Briskin, Wayne State University
"Technoference" in Romantic Couples

DongWon Oh and Joel Martinez, Princeton University
Immigrant Face-ism

Emorie Beck, Washington University in St. Louis
Personalized Interventions: Using Networks to Change Behavior and Predict Outcomes

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SPSP is pleased to announce the return of our small grants competition at the 2018 annual convention, formerly Q&pAy, now known as Inside the Grant Panel (IGP).

IGP will showcase the grant applications of three small research grant finalists being evaluated LIVE by a panel of experienced social and personality grant reviewers on factors such as significance, research methods, innovation, budget, etc. In the end, the expert reviewers will pick a winner to receive a $5,000 grant for their research. The two runners-up will each receive $2,500.

About the Grants

Inside the Grant Panel will provide small grants to individuals (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

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 fall 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

December 1         Applications Open

January 12            Deadline to Apply

February 9            Finalists Announced

March 3                Inside the Grant Panel: Atlanta LIVE

The application must include:

  • Abstract (75 words)
  • Research question, goals of the study, significance to social/personality psychology (350 words)
  • Research design and methodology (350 words)
  • Planned analyses (350 words)
  • Itemized budget (350 words)
  • Proposed timeline for completion of the research
  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

Applications may be submitted here and are due by January 12, 2018. Applicants must be members of SPSP and their dues paid for 2018. Priority will be given to applications that have already received institutional review board (IRB) approval. 

The Grant Review Panel 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.


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