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The proposal deadline is September 1, annually.


The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) is pleased to invite proposals for grants to support local- and state-level research/policy groups. SPSSI will fund up to three groups, at up to $2000 each, for each award cycle. There is at least one award cycle each year, which occurs in the fall. 

This grant initiative, begun in 2015, has three goals: 1) to influence policy at the local and state levels through applied research, 2) to increase the availability of policy opportunities for SPSSI members who are interested in applied research, and 3) to encourage students and early career scholars to become more involved in SPSSI. 

Grant awardees will review existing research at the local and/or state levels on policy-relevant topics, conduct additional research as needed, and ultimately use this work to assist policy makers in making data-driven decisions about local- and/or state-level issues.

Research/policy groups outside of the United States who are looking at local and/or regional issues within their countries are also encouraged to apply.



To apply for funding, the group should submit a short proposal (no more than 3000 words) that:


[A link will appear here when proposals are being solicited.] Online submissions are the preferred method.  Please limit the number and size of files uploaded when applying online. 

Proposals for the most recent round of funding are due September 1, annually.

Proposals will be evaluated by members of the SPSSI Local- and State-Level Policy Work Grants Selection Committee.

Applicants will be notified no later than October 15, annually.

Questions? Please contact SPSSI Policy Director Sarah Mancoll (E:, T: 202-675-6956)

Click here to see examples of previously awarded grants