APF Grant and Scholarship Programs: Frequently Asked Questions

What is APF's policy on indirect costs?

We do not allow indirect costs to be taken out of grant monies, although applicants can use grant monies for stipend support and other administrative costs (software, materials, etc.). Our policy on this is as follows, from the grant terms and conditions document:

No institutional indirect costs.

The entire grant must be provided to the individual grantee for the stated purpose. The grant may not be used to pay institutional indirect costs or overhead. If funds will be administered by the grantee's institution, the institution must affirm in writing that it will waive all administrative fees and charges for indirect costs. This assurance may be provided through the signature of a responsible official on this agreement. This assurance must be received before the funds can be released.

What is APF's policy on IRB approval?

Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval is required for any research project involving human participants.

APF cannot disburse grant monies without IRB approval. Successful applicants have six months from the date of the grant approval to obtain IRB approval, or the grant will be rescinded.

I have applied for a grant or scholarship — when will a decision be made about the grant recipient(s)? When would funding start?

We try to announce grant recipients approximately two to three months after a grant deadline, though the exact time period may take shorter or longer depending on the number of applications received. Funding begins when recipients submit IRB approval and the required paperwork.  APF funding will continue for a maximum of 12 months from the date of the grant, unless otherwise specified.

Is there a specific format required for APF proposals?

The request for proposals (RFP) will outline what needs to be included in the proposal. If the RFP does not specify proposal requirements, please adhere to the following guidelines:

Title and description of proposed project to include goal, relevant background, target population, methods, and anticipated outcomes. Please include the following (Not to exceed five pages, 1-inch margins, 11 point Times New Roman/Garamond Font):

  • Relevant background, literature review, specific aims, significance
  • Methods section (must be detailed enough so that the design, assessments, and procedures can be evaluated)
  • Implications section

Timeline of proposed project (not to exceed 1 page)

Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed 1 page)

All questions or points outlined in the RFP should be addressed in the proposal. Unless specified, proposals can be either single or double spaced.

I am applying for a scholarship or grant that requires a letter or letters of recommendation. How should these recommendation letters be submitted?

If the application requires letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide your recommender’s email address on your application form.  Our system will automatically generate an email to the email address you provide with a link to upload a letter into our system directly.  On your applicant dashboard, you will be able to track if your recommender has uploaded a letter, but you will not be able to see the letter that has been submitted.

I am writing a proposal and want to include references. If there is a page limit to the proposal, should references be included within the page limit?

No, references can be included in addition to the page limit.

Is there a specific time of day when applications are due?

Applications are due by midnight on the date listed in the request for proposals.

I am an undergraduate student does APF have funding opportunities for me?

No, unfortunately APF does not provide funding opportunities for undergraduate students.

I am a researcher who resides outside of the United States – does APF have funding opportunities for me?

Yes, if the RFP does not specify geographic requirements in the ‘Eligibility’ section, international applicants who meet the other eligibility requirements may apply for APF funding. 

Do I need to be an APA member to qualify for funding?

No, if the RFP does not specify membership to a specific APA Division, APA membership is not required to receive funding.

Will the grant moneys be awarded to me or to my institution?

Grant recipients may choose to either have the funding issued to them directly, or to their institution.