Visionary Grants

Funding Agency:
American Psychological Foundation

The APF Visionary Grants seek to seed innovation through supporting research, education and intervention projects and programs that use psychology to solve social problems in the following priority areas:

  • applying psychology to at-risk, vulnerable populations (e.g., serious mental illness, returning military, those who are incarcerated or economically disadvantaged);
  • preventing violence;
  • understanding the connection between behavior and health (e.g. wellness, diabetes, obesity);
  • understanding and eliminating stigma and prejudice (e.g., race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, and socioeconomic status);
  • furthering racial equity: APA has requested funds from their fund at the Tides Foundation to fund a 2024 Visionary Grant that is focused on furthering racial equity.

Preference will be given to pilot projects that, if successful, would be strong candidates for support from major federal and foundation funding agencies, and “demonstration projects” that promise to generalize broadly to similar settings in other geographical areas and/or to other settings.

One-year grants are available in amounts of up to $20,000.

Deadline: Apr. 3, 2024

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

APF encourages applicants from diverse backgrounds with respect to age, race, color, religion, creed, nationality, ability, sexual orientation, gender, and geography.

Applicants must:

  • be a graduate student or early career researcher (no more than 10 years postdoctoral)
  • be affiliated with an educational or scientific institution, a nonprofit charitable, organization, or a governmental entity operating exclusively for charitable and educational purposes
  • have demonstrated competence and capacity to execute the proposed work



Funding Type



Grad/Prof Students
Junior Faculty
Post Doctoral Fellows


Community Outreach and Engagement
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

April 3, 2024