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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Full member and summer school 'seedcorn' research grants


The aim of the 'seedcorn' research grants is to assist researchers in developing new research projects. In particular, ‘seedcorn’ grants are intended to support preliminary research which may assist the holder to subsequently obtain larger scale funding from other sources (for full members). In addition, the seedcorn grant may also be used for supporting research that was designed at EASP summer schools (in this case, applicants will be a group of summer school participants).


  • Seedcorn grants are restricted to full members of the Association, with the exception that former EASP summer school groups may also apply for this grant. At least one EASP member needs to be part of the summer school group.

  • Any member may be awarded a maximum of one seedcorn grant within a period of 5 years (not including summerschool seedcorn grants)


  • Scientific merit of proposal. Enough detail should be provided to allow an evaluation of the appropriateness of the theoretical rationale, the soundness of the proposed methods, and the feasibility of the project.
  • Academic need and academic benefit: Postdoctoral students from countries/departments which have only limited access to research funds are especially encouraged to apply.


The maximum grant awarded to any one individual will typically not exceed € 2000 and will typically be used to compensate participants, purchase consumables or other equipment, and travel costs, where needed.

Application Procedure

Applicants should submit:

  1. A proposal (approximately 1500 words) outlining the nature, objectives and duration of research and its intended outcomes;
  2. A letter from the head of the institute/department where the research is to be conducted confirming that access to the necessary facilities will be provided;
  3. A justified budget, including the likelihood/availability of alternative sources of financial support.
  4. For full members: An updated cv (including publication list)


Deadlines for grants are: March 31, June 30, September 30, and December 30. The application must be received at least 3 months before the intended start of the research.
The successful applicant will be required to provide a brief (i.e. around 1500 words) report within 6 months after receipt of the grant, outlining the research conducted and the outcomes achieved.

All applications should be submitted by e-mail to the Executive Officer (including requested attachments).

The application should state clearly which scheme is being applied for.