Member/Affiliate Member Research Grant


Sponsor: Division 19


The Society for Military Psychology is pleased to announce the research grant program to stimulate, promote and support cutting-edge research that advances the science of military psychology.  Individual awards may be given for research within any area military psychology for up to $5,000, but total funds available for awards given in the research grant program may not exceed $15,000.


Annual deadline: May 30

Any member (e.g., members/associate/fellow) or affiliate member (international/professional) of the Society may apply to the research grant program. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree at the time of application. Students are not eligible to apply for this award but should apply to the Student Research Grant Program.

Evaluation Criteria

Proposals will be evaluated by a committee of scientific peers to determine which efforts are of highest quality to merit grant support.  The following criteria will be used to evaluate each proposal:

  • Research approach: An assessment of the overall quality of the conceptual framework, design, methods, and planned analyses.

  • Relevance: Does the proposed research address a relevant topic for the science of military psychology?

  • Significance:  Does the proposal address an important problem relevant to both the academic and practitioner membership of the Society for Military Psychology? Will the proposal advance knowledge and practice in a given area?

  • Innovativeness:  Does the proposed research employ novel concepts, approaches or methods? Does the proposal research have original and innovative aims?

  • Realism: Likelihood that the project can be completed within one year of award date.

  • Appropriateness of budget: Is there clear justification and rationale for the expenditure of the award monies? Can the proposed work be accomplished with the funds requested or is there evidence that additional expenses will be covered by other sources of funding?

How to Apply

Proposals should be concise and convey concepts in simple terms but with sufficient detail to achieve clarity. Proposals should be prepared in accordance with the latest edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. All proposals must include the following items:

  1. Cover Sheet: A cover sheet containing the title of the proposal, investigator’s name, address, telephone and email.

  2. Abstract: An abstract summarizing the proposed research in no more than 100 words.

  3. Introduction Section: An introduction describing the project purposes, theoretical rationale, and proposed hypotheses or research questions to be investigated. The introduction should summarize existing knowledge on the proposed topic; articulate well stated research questions/hypotheses; identify the contributions of the study; and explain why the contribution is important in advancing the field.

  4. Method Section: The methodology should provide an adequate description of proposed participants (including relevant demographic and/or military background characteristics); provide accurate and concise information on all measured variables; and succinctly describe all study procedures and include status of human subjects review process (which must be satisfactorily completed and a signed approval letter submitted to the award committee before grant funds can be awarded).

  5. Analytical Strategy Section: An analytical section describing relevant descriptive and inferential statistical analyses proposed to test hypotheses/research questions. Power analyses must be incorporated into the description of the analyses to ensure that sample size concerns have been planned for in advance.

  6. Significance to the Science of Military Psychology: A section addressing the implications of the findings or conclusions for the science of military psychology.

  7. Program Plan: Outlining an overall project plan, defined deliverables, schedule of performance and detailed budget.

  8. Resume: An abbreviated resume should be included with the proposal (limited to two pages).

Proposal packages should not exceed 15 inclusive pages. Recommended length for items (3) through (6) of the proposal is 5-7 double-spaced, typed pages; for items (7) of the proposal, 2-3 single-spaced, typed pages; and for item (9) of the proposal, 1-2 single-spaced, typed pages. The proposal must use 12-point font with 1” margins. The proposal must be submitted as a single self-contained document in pdf format, named to indicate the first author (e.g.,  lastname.pdf).


All grant award recipients will be required to deliver a final report to the chair of the Awards Committee within 1 year of the date of the award. It is strongly encouraged that the results of the research be submitted for presentation in Div. 19 at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.


Materials must be submitted electronically in PDF format no later than May 30 at midnight (EST) to Keith Cooke. List your name and the name of the award on the subject line of your email (e.g. Jane Smith, Society for Military Psychology Travel Grant Program). Award winners will be notified prior to June 30 and will be acknowledged during the Society for Military Psychology business meeting at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association.

Past Recipients

Philip Held, PhD

Mallory Lucier-Greer, PhD; Michelle L. Kelley, PhD; James E. Griffith, PhD; and Ann Hergatt Huffman, PhD, and Robert J. Goodman, PhD

Rebecca K. Blais, Jessie “Tony” Flores, Janet Anderson and Louis Nadelson
"Military and Nonmilitary Factors Related to College Academic Functioning in Veterans"

Winfred Arthur, Gonzalo J. Munoz and Andrew M. Naber "An Investigation of Skill Decay and Reacquisition of Individual- and Team-Based Skills in a Synthetic Training Environment"

James Griffith "Relationships among Combat Exposure, Post-deployment Stressors, and Social Support to Suicide Risk and to Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptoms"