The Research Committee of the IPA invites proposals for small grants to support psychoanalytical research. Grants are typically awarded in amounts of $10,000 or less. The maximum permitted request is $15,000. We therefore aim to fund mainly pilot studies and to only provide seed or partial funding for larger studies. We support psychoanalytical research of all kinds -- e.g. clinical, experimental, conceptual -- without prejudice. We also fund research on a wide range of topics. However the Research Committee is currently trying to focus research supported by the IPA to a greater extent than before. For the next few years we will be particularly interested in supporting research into unconscious mental processes as broadly conceptualized. While proposals on other topics remain welcome and will be carefully evaluated, during this round proposals focused on unconscious mental processes will receive priority. In the present round, moreover, proposals addressing any of the following three specific questions are especially welcome:

Does unconscious affect exist? Can Freud’s claim (namely that affect is always conscious) be falsified? Are other formulations more readily supported by the evidence?

The ‘unconscious’ is construed differently in psychoanalysis and cognitive science. Can the existence of dynamically (as opposed to descriptively) unconscious mental processes be demonstrated empirically? Should psychoanalytic notions of the unconscious be reformulated?

Psychoanalytic hypotheses are traditionally tested in the clinical situation. What role do the unconscious mental processes of the analyst play in psychoanalytical hypothesis testing? What use do analysts make of the theory of unconscious mental processes in the clinical situation?

The Small Grant Program is established and is available only to IPA Candidates and IPA Members who were recent graduates (less than three years post-graduation). The Small Grant application is limited to 5 single-spaced pages, the maximum award is $5000 (but it is usually limited to $2000). These grants are intended primarily to help potential researchers develop research.

Grants are awarded on a competitive basis, i.e., the available funds are distributed on the basis of the relative merit of the proposal with regard to the Committee’s criteria. 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 being stronger by the committee.

All proposals should indicate how they meet the following criteria put forward by the IPA :

The IPA's current priorities are:

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.

Due date for the submission is Sunday 11th October 2015. Results of the application will be available at latest by December 10, 2015. We are using an online application system and you are strongly advised to read the online guide before starting your application.


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, or a Small Grant application which is limited to 5 single-spaced pages; including 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.

All submissions must be in English and must be submitted using the online form ( CLOSED)

You are strongly advised to read the online guide before starting your application. To access the guide CERP Application Guide
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.

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 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.

Applicants of rejected proposals 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, it should be understood that because grants are made on a competitive basis even if all the matters raised are adequately addressed in subsequent applications this is no guarantee of funding.

Research 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 some 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.

Two points require special emphasis:

We require two separate reports; one a financial summary detailing how the Grant was spent and how surplus money will be disposed of, if any; and a technical report that will be authorised by the Chair of the IPA Committee for the Evaluation of Research Proposals. The technical report should be capable of being published 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.  

Appeals by unsuccessful applicants will be limited to ensuring that correct procedures were followed in the review process. The review process itself will not be repeated unless incorrect procedures were followed.


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