Research Proposals 

The 2022 application round is to be announced.


Proposals are welcome from all psychoanalytic researchers. However, the researcher must be affiliated with an organisation capable of administering any grant (also known as a Responsible Authority) that is awarded and providing IRB (ethical) approval.  

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.


IPA Grant procedures do not allow for the funding of overhead or indirect costs such as the purchase of normal office equipment. This includes standard personal computers (PCs), laptops, software and peripherals unless there are exceptional circumstances.  The Responsible Authority or the Principal Investigator or those working on the project are expected to provide such equipment. However, travel directly relevant to the award, such as to a research training project or to the project findings of the work, is acceptable. Almost anything else is acceptable, but should be outlined in the budget request of the online application form. 

Grants are typically awarded in amounts of $10,000 or less. The maximum permitted request is $20,000. 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 researchers whose total cost costs are limited. 

IRB is an Institutional Review Board or equivalent ethics committee. It is required in all instances where research involves human subjects.  Applicants are strongly urged to obtain IRB approval from a local University or Institution which does not charge a fee for the review. If you are unable to obtain a local IRB review, you may apply to the IRB at the Washington Baltimore Centre for Psychoanalysis. Half of the fee for that review will be deducted from any funds awarded to you, and half will be provided by the IPA. IRB approval is not necessary prior to application. However, please note that if you are awarded a grant, the IPA cannot process the payment without either a valid IRB or approval documentation that the research does not involve human subjects and as such is exempt. The provision of the IRB should be in a reasonable period of time from the date of the award.

The Small Grant Programme is available only to IPA Candidates and IPA Members who are recent graduates (less than three years post-graduation). 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 based on 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.

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 to strengthen psychoanalysis, psychoanalytic training and psychoanalytic ideas across the world. Additionally, the IPA assists Societies and individual members to better develop their psychoanalytic identities, practices, professional activities, and contributions to the communities in which they live.

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

  • The IPA will focus its attention on ensuring the vitality, uncompromising ethical standards, and excellence of psychoanalytic training, training standards, and continuing professional development of both existing and emerging component societies. The IPA will place 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 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. 

To be eligible for grant consideration, all applications must be made using the online form in English and no application will be considered after the deadline (30 August 2021). 

Please click here to apply.


General Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions 

If you have any questions or feedback, please do not hesitate to email us on [email protected].


The review process will begin shortly after the application deadline (30 August 2021), and we anticipate that results will be announced in November 2021. 

A minimum of two reviewers will be allocated to each application that passes the initial screening. The highest-ranking applications will then be shared with the IPA Research Grants Subcommittee for the secondary, executive review and final funding decision. Applicants of approved proposals are notified, and are required to obtain ethical approval from an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or ethics committee before funds will be awarded.

Applicants whose proposals we are not able to fund are notified and provided with anonymous 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. The IPA wishes to ensure your research results are as widely disseminated as possible and that all Members of the IPA are able to access them. For this reason, the IPA asks you to grant the IPA a non-exclusive licence to publish the results of your research on the IPA website and in other IPA publications and to enable the IPA to grant a licence to journals to publish it in any language. If this requirement would preclude publication in a professional journal because of the journal's submission requirements, it may be waived at the discretion of the IRB committee chair in which case you will be required to write a summary of your research for publication through the IPA. As the licence you grant to the IPA will be non-exclusive, you will retain the ownership of the copyright and the right to use the results of your research as you think fit. 



1. The Principal Investigator and Responsible Authority (organisation/institute/society administering the grant) must sign a Letter of Grant agreeing to the terms of the grant, including the general conditions detailed here

2. Provide IRB (ethical) approval before funds are distributed. We recommend recipients apply for ethical approval through the Institutional Review Board or Ethics Committee of their Responsible Authority. 

3. Provide reports (full details here) to the IPA, including: 

  •  A technical/scientific report from the Principal Investigator 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 bas been supported by the Fund, and should include a financial summary detailing how the grant was spent. The technical/scientific report will be published on the on the IPA website. If there are any restrictions regarding the IPA publication, please let us know in advance and preferably at the time of application.
  • A fiscal report from the Responsible Authority confirming that the expenditure detailed in the Principal Investigator's report is accurate, and plans to return funds not used for the specific purposes outlined in the Letter of Grant. 

4. 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.

5. In accepting a grant, you agree to credit the IPA with having provided support for your research in any and all publications that derive in whole or in part from work done under the grant.

6. In accepting a grant you agree to inform the IPA of any presentation in any forum that result in whole or in part from work done under the grant.

7. Authors will be asked to inform the IPA if a paper contains matter (such as clinical material) which should not be published. In such cases, the IPA will always consult you and seek your agreement to any necessary changes prior to publication.

8. By applying for this grant, you agree to abide by the above requirements.