Research Proposals 


[The 2018 research round will be announced shortly]


The Research Committee of the IPA invites proposals for grants to support psychoanalytical research. The grants are intended to fund research with clear psychoanalytic significance.

We support psychoanalytical research of all kinds including clinical, experimental, conceptual and applied research. The several forms of psychoanalytic research are evaluated without prejudice regarding the type of research. We also fund research on a wide range of topics. The major requirement is that the research expand psychoanalytic knowledge. Research proposals must be clearly related to psychoanalysis and all proposals must be accompanied by an explicit statement of how the research contributes to psychoanalytic knowledge.

Grants are typically awarded in amounts of $10,000 or less. The maximum permitted request is $15,000. We therefore fund proposals that can make significant use of limited funds. Examples of such proposals include pilot studies, seed or partial funding for larger studies and researches whose total costs are limited.


Proposals are welcome from all psychoanalytic researchers. However, the researcher must be affiliated with an organization capable of administering any grant that is awarded and providing IRB approval if human subjects are involved in the research.


The Small Grant Programme is available only to IPA Candidates and IPA Members who are recent graduates (less than three years post-graduation). The Small Grant application is limited to 5 single-spaced pages, the usual award is limited to $2000 but awards of up to $5000 may be granted in unusual circumstance. These grants are intended primarily to help potential researchers in their development as investigators by supporting mentoring and research focused education


Grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Available funds are distributed on the basis of the relative merit of the proposal as determined by their satisfaction of the Research Committee’s criteria with the strongest proposals funded first. Unfortunately, this means that many worthwhile proposals cannot be funded and that some good proposals will not be funded because other proposals were regarded as stronger by the committee.

Proposals must include statements showing that the research will contribute to psychoanalytic knowledge, that they fit within the IPA’s current priorities, that the research meets ethics standards, has need institutional support for distribution of funds. Research will only be funded once approved by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) but applications will be considered provided application has been made for such approval. Applicants are strongly urged to obtain IRB approval from a local university or institution which does not charge a fee for the review. If the applicant is unable to obtain a local IRB review, the applicant may apply to the IRB at the Washington Psychoanalytic Center. Half of the fee for that review will be deducted from the funds awarded to that applicant, and half will be provided by the IPA.

All proposals should indicate how they meet the following criteria put forward by the IPA as part of the IPA’s current priorities:

The IPA will actively encourage the promotion of psychoanalysis as a method of treatment and as a complex and pluralistic set of evolving theories about the mind and culture in order to strengthen psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic training and psychoanalytic ideas in the world and to assist Societies and individual members to better develop their psychoanalytic identities, practices and professional activities and contribute to the communities in which they live.

The IPA will foster and enhance its members’ sense of participation in and belonging to an international psychoanalytic organization and community and feeling of connection to other analysts worldwide, through its many activities, including regional and inter-regional dialogues, communication and exchanges, using both traditional and modern technologies.

The IPA will focus its attention on ensuring the vitality, uncompromising ethical standards and excellence of psychoanalytic training and training standards and continuing professional development of both existing and emerging component societies, placing its priority on preserving and enhancing the quality of psychoanalytic thinking, treatment, practice and training in their diverse areas of interest and application whenever and wherever they are attempted.

All proposals must be accompanied by a statement of how they advance specifically psychoanalytic knowledge. All applicants must agree to participate in follow-up of their research and to properly credit the IPA in all publications and presentations that include research for which the grant was made.

Applications that meet the initial criteria are then assessed by reviewers appointed by the Research Committee regarding their psychoanalytic research significance, the quality of the proposed methodology, the adequacy of the research team and the support it has, whether the budget and timeline of the proposal is realistic.

Because applications will be reviewed by psychoanalysts who are not necessarily sophisticated about specific research methodologies and the research resulting from successful applications must be made comprehensible to analysts who wish to learn from the research, applicants should take care to explain technical terms and subjects in a manner comprehensible to psychoanalytic readers. Referring to a school of philosophy or a statistical test by name alone will greatly weaken an application. Explaining what a technical approach is and why it is appropriate to the question under study strengthens the application.


We are using an online application system and you are strongly advised to read the online guide before starting your application. To access the guide click here Research Committee Application Guide

  • The research grant application uses the following procedure:
  • All applicants submit a single-spaced Abstract/Summary that should be typed or copied directly into the abstract box of the online application form along with the amount requested and other relevant information as requested.
  • You should also upload a full application limited to 10 single-spaced pages (12 point type or larger, 1 inch margins), or a Small Grant application which is limited to 5 single-spaced pages (12 point type or larger, 1 inch margins). This should include a brief curriculum vitae of the Principal Investigator and any co-investigators, details of the sponsoring institution and the budget. The budget should be as specific and detailed as possible. A clear rational budget is one indicator that the applicant has carefully thought through the proposed research. A full application may request a maximum award of $15,000.
  • Full curricula vitae of investigators and publication may be included as separate attachments but these will not necessarily be reviewed in full by reviewers.
  • All submissions must be in English.

If you have problems logging onto the system please read the Logon Guide.

To view frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) about RC applications Research Grant FAQs.

To view the full IPA RC General Conditions General Conditions.


A minimum of three reviewers will be allocated to each application that passes the initial screening.

The primary reviews of each application are submitted to members of the Research Committee for the secondary, executive review and final funding decision.

Applicants of approved proposals are notified, and are required to obtain approval of an Institutional Review Board (IRB) before funds will be awarded.

Applicants whose proposals we are not able to fund are notified and provided with the peer reviewer comments that we hope will prove useful. Unfortunately, we will not always be able to provide a comprehensive review. These reviews may also be used as an aid to any future application. However, please understand that because grants are made on a competitive basis within each round of applications even if all the matters raised are adequately addressed in subsequent applications there is no guarantee of funding.

Applicants should be aware that due to budget constraints the IPA is unable to fund many very worthwhile applications. Even when we limit awards to the more outstanding applications, our financial constraints frequently require that we award only a proportion of the amount of funds requested by each investigator. Applications judged to be outstanding will have received high ratings from all three primary reviewers; if one of the three reviewers is justifiably unimpressed with the proposal, it is unlikely to be funded. Applicants should consider that no researcher has all their research proposals funded. Given the limited research funds and the limited focus of all granting agencies, researchers must expect from time to time that their applications – even excellent ones -- will not be funded.


All recipients of grants are required to:

  • Provide IRB approval before funds are distributed.
  • Provide reports to the IPA including 1) a financial summary detailing how the grant was spent and how surplus money, if any, will be disposed of and 2) a technical report that must be approved by the Research Committee Co-Chair responsible for the evaluation of research proposals. This report should be provided after one year and also after the completion of any project that has been supported by the Fund. The technical report publishable on the IPA’s website. If there are any restrictions regarding IPA publication please let us know in advance and preferably at the time of application.
  • Acceptance of the grant entails a commitment to provide copies of any publications that may result from it following its termination and to respond to periodic inquiries from the IPA regarding developments that may have flowed from the grant.  

Robert M. Galatzer-Levy
On behalf of the Research Committee, IPA