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About the American Psychological Foundation (APF)

APF provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come. Since 1953, APF has supported a broad range of scholarships and grants for students and early career psychologists as well as research and program grants that use psychology to improve people’s lives.

APF encourages applications from individuals who represent diversity in race, ethnicity, gender, age, disability, and sexual orientation.


The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research to increase the general public’s understanding of homosexuality and sexual orientation, and to alleviate the stress that lesbian women, gay men, bisexual women, bisexual men, and transgender individuals experience in this and future civilizations. Since 1995, the Placek Fund has granted more than $1 million.

About the Wayne F. Placek Grant

The Wayne F. Placek Grant encourages research that addresses the following topics:

Heterosexuals’ attitudes and behaviors toward lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, including prejudice, discrimination, and violence

Family and workplace issues relevant to LGBT people

Special concerns of sectors of the LGBT population that have historically been underrepresented in scientific research


One $15,000 grant available annually

APF does not allow institutional indirect costs or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct administrative costs of their proposed project.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicants must:

Be either doctoral-level researcher or graduate student affiliated with an educational institution or a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research organization

Graduate students and early career researchers are encouraged to apply

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated on:

Relevance to Placek program goals

Magnitude of incremental contribution

Quality of proposed work (significance, innovation, approach)

Applicant’s demonstrated scholarship and research competence

Proposal Requirements

Submit ONE document in PDF format as described below. Page numbers and the applicant’s name must appear on each page. Use 1 inch margins and 12-point font.

Cover Sheet (1 page)

Title and Abstract (1 page)

Description (up to 3 pages) to include:

Methodological Approach (up to 4 pages) to include

  • Background & Significance
  • Innovation
  • Explanation of the Project’s Relevance to Placek Program Goals
  • Theory/Conceptual Framework
  • Design
  • Sample and Recruitment
  • Proposed Analysis


Timeline for execution (1 page)

Full budget with justification (indirect costs not permitted; 1 page)

CV of the project leader

Submission Process and Deadline

Submit a completed application online by March 1, 2015.


Please be advised that APF does not provide feedback to applicants on their proposals.

Questions about this program should be directed to Samantha Edington, Program Officer, at