Posted by: ISPP JSC | October 7, 2010

Call for Small Proposals for Potential Funding by ISPP

In 2008, the ISPP Governing Council decided to use a portion of the income from ISPP investment funds for small grants that further the goals of ISPP. The purpose of these modest grants is to “strengthen our organization, to expand international membership, and to promote excellence in political psychology. Priority will be given to events or activities that include participants from diverse geographic locations, enhance the visibility of ISPP, promote membership, and increase awareness of the journal.

ISPP members are invited to submit proposals for these grants for 2011. For 2010, with $14,000 to award, the Allocations Committee awarded three grants between $3,500 and $5,000. While the total money available this year is not yet determined, it will likely be in the range of $10,000 – 15,000.

While any proposal related to political psychology is welcome, the Allocations Committee for 2009 favored proposals to help establish a political psychology conference in the Balkans, to network political psychologists in Eastern and Southern Europe and beyond. For 2010, the committee has underwritten conferences on genocide, on the development of democracy in the former communist countries of Eastern Europe, and on development of democratic understanding in the South Caucasus. The Committee had this time chosen not to support proposals for research funding, for travel, or for paying for invited speakers. Nevertheless, every proposal will be considered fully.

To be considered for the coming year, proposals must be submitted to ispp@vcu.edu by Wednesday, December 15, 2010 by 5:00 p.m. East Coast Time.

The Allocations Committee must select recipients for the grants in time for their inclusion in the 2011 ISPP budget, which must be prepared before the Governing Council meeting, January 21-22, 2011. All applicants will be notified shortly after the Governing Council meets.

There is not a rigid format for proposals. However, the following components should be included:

— The title of the project;
— The person or persons submitting the proposal, including their affiliations and complete contact information. If non-members will be involved in the proposed project, please identify which persons are ISPP members;
— A brief description of the project, including its aims, and why it is feasible to complete within a year or less;
— The background and significance of the project;
— A time line for the project that lists specific activities and their timing. The earliest availability of funds for the coming year will be March 1, 2011;
— A plan for evaluating whether the goals of the project are met;
— A detailed budget, including funds requested from ISPP and the likelihood of supplementary funding from other sources.

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