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EASP – European Association of Social Psychology

Seedcorn Research Grants

For full members and EASP Summer School attendees

Purpose

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 should be a group of Summer School participants).

Eligibility

  • 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. In the case of Summer School groups, at least one needs to be a EASP member. For reasons of intellectual property, all respective group members of Summer Schools need to be aware of the application and agree with it (even if they do not want to be actively involved).
  • Any member may be awarded a maximum of one seedcorn grant within a period of 5 years (not including Post-Summer School seedcorn grants).

Scientific Criteria

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.

More specifically, the project should include:

  • Theoretical background
  • Link between the issue addressed and social psychology
  • Research questions and hypotheses
  • Methods
  • Expected results
  • Dissemination strategies
  • Timeline for the research

Evaluation criteria

  • Originality
  • Appropriateness of methods to address the research questions and hypotheses
  • Link between the issue addressed and social psychology
  • Contribution to social psychological literature
  • Relevance of replication (if applicable)
    Replication of studies can be approved under the condition that the project includes at least an original study advancing the knowledge on the related issue
  • Potential for publication
  • Applied value (relevant mostly to applied research)
  • Expertise of applicant and teams
    (for all, with the exception of Summer School Seedcorn Grants)
  • Open science principles
    Research adhering to such principles (e.g. open data, preregistration) is especially welcome

Diversity criteria

Once the scientific merit of projects has been assessed, diversity criteria will be employed to reach the final decisions regarding fund allocation.

These are:

  • Gender of applicants
  • Geographical diversity/institutional affiliation  

For this reason postdoctoral students from countries/departments which have only limited access to research funds are especially encouraged to apply.

Amount

The maximum grant awarded to any one individual will typically not exceed 3000 Euro and will typically be used to compensate participants, purchase consumables or other equipment, and travel costs, where needed.

Deadlines and Application Procedure

Deadlines for seedcorn grants are: February 28th, June 30th and October 31st. The application must be received three months before the intended start of the research. Please download and complete the attached PDF form and send it to office@easp.eu

Additional Requirements

Please see the above application form for a list of requirements. Relevant photo(s) would be appreciated. The report and any photo(s) provided by the applicant will be published on the EASP website, and mentioned in the next EBSP issue.