Deadline: October 15, 2012
Purpose of Grant-In-Aid
The AP-LS Committee on Early Career Professionals (ECPs) was formed
in 2007 to initiate programs geared toward issues commonly faced by
ECPs. ECPs face a number of unique challenges and issues when making
the transition from graduate study to professional life. More than
ever, today’s ECPs are likely to struggle with juggling multiple roles.
Challenges faced by ECPs include financial concerns or strains, meeting
licensure requirements, developing a professional identify, obtaining
tenure, and enhancement of health and wellness, among other issues
(Green & Hawley, 2009).
The purpose of this award is to support AP-LS members who are ECPs in
conducting research related to psychology and law. It is the
committee’s desire that these awards are not limited only to members who
are psychologists, but instead open to AP-LS members from all
Funding up to $5,000 per award is available for expenses associated
with conducting the research (e.g., equipment, participant payments,
software, data transcription, research assistants, and expenses incurred
at sites away from the home institution while collecting data). Travel
to conferences and salary expenses are not eligible costs. Only direct
costs are available for funding; no indirect costs will be paid. AP-LS
requests that applicants attempt to secure matched funding from their
To receive an award, the applicant must be an Early Career
Professional, defined by APA as those within 7 years of receiving their
last degree. Applicants must be classified as ECPs upon the application
deadline for that year. Applicants may submit only one award proposal
per funding cycle. In addition, to maximize the impact of the program, a
strong preference will be given to those applicants who never have
received an AP-LS ECP Grants-in-Aid. Under exceptional circumstances,
the committee may consider a second award. The possibility of a second
award will be a rare occurrence, and the previous award must be
completed prior to submitting a second proposal. Proposals that
represent ‘seed money’ for larger projects and proposals that are for
‘stand alone’ projects will be accepted. Applicants are encouraged but
not required to secure matched funding from employers to support the
Applications should include the following 5 documents/files submitted
at the same time, but as separate attachments:
- Applicant Summary Information: please download
this Excel file from the AP-LS website, complete the indicated
fields, and submit with your application.
- Cover letter that includes:
- Contact information (e.g., address, phone number,
- Proposal title
- Status of the human subjects review for the project
(approval must be obtained prior to disbursement of the award)
- Explanation regarding attempts to secure matched funding
from employer (please contact Laura Guy with any questions)
- Project Application Package
prepared for blind review that includes:
- An abstract (up to 150 words) describing the proposed
- A project description (up to five pages; any legible
formatting accepted) that includes the following 4 sections:
- Statement of the problem. A clear statement of
the research problem and its significance to psychology and
- Overview of the relation of the problem to the
state of the field. A concise overview of the relevant
empirical literature, theoretical background, and/or law
related to the research problem.
- Project method. A detailed description of the
methodology and analytical strategies to be used.
- Anticipated contribution. A brief
description of the significance of the project within the
field of psychology and law.
- Project timeline.
- Proposed budget with budget justifications. If the
applicant has secured additional funding for the proposed
research from another funding source, please provide an
explanation of how the external funds will be used (additional
funding is not required and is not considered among the
- Curriculum vitae.
- A list of at least 5 suggested reviewers for the project
with expertise in the content area of the proposal. External
reviewer suggestions must exclude those with a potential conflict of
interest (e.g., former advisors, collaborators).
Applications first will be reviewed by at least two external
reviewers; proposals will be subject to blind review. After receiving
external reviews, the ECP Committee will meet to evaluate the proposals
and to make funding decisions. Both the external reviews and a panel
summary will be provided to the applicant, regardless of award
In evaluating each proposal, outside reviewers and the panel will
evaluate and provide feedback about the intellectual merit of the
project using the following criteria:
- What is the quality of the proposed project? Is it
methodologically rigorous? Is the method thorough and complete?
- What is the potential contribution of the proposal to the
field of psychology and law? Does it have potential to contribute
to advancing knowledge in the field?
- Does the proposal present an original idea in psychology and
law? Does the proposal use new or creative methods or viewpoints to
address old problems?
Application Deadline, Notification of
Award, and Ending the Award
Applications will be accepted annually until
October 15. Please submit the 5 documents/files
described above via e-mail as separate attachments to the ECP Committee
Chair, Laura Guy (email@example.com).
Late applications will be held until the next award date. Applicants
will be notified of the status of their submission by November 15.
Award recipients will be announced at the AP-LS Conference. Awardees
must submit yearly progress reports on November 15 of each year until
the project is complete. Upon completion of the project, awardees must
submit an end-of-project report (to be displayed on our website) and
must present the results of their research at either a subsequent AP-LS
conference or in the division’s APA program (applicant’s choice).
We are looking forward to reviewing your application! If you
have questions about the grant-in-aid, please contact Laura Guy at