The Fund awards four types of grants:
- Grants of one year duration at a maximum of $20,000 (applications for competitive renewal after the first year will be accepted) for a specific project building upon psychoanalytic principles or directly investigating the process and/or outcome of psychoanalytically informed treatments. The Board recognizes that this amount of money is not sufficient usually to cover the costs of a large research study, particularly one that may involve a large number of subjects or a longitudinal design. Hence, the Board encourages applicants to consider feasibility of their request, that is, what they can achieve for this amount of money, and also to think about this type of award as supporting the beginning stages of a research project, the gathering of pilot data, or the refinement of design and methods.
- Small grants of less than $5,000 for one year to permit a beginning scholar to gather pilot data in preparation for the submission of a full grant to the Fund or to another agency.
- Small grants of $3,000 to permit a beginning scholar to spend time visiting and consulting with a more experienced, senior investigator who has agreed to help the junior investigator begin their investigative work. Typically these awards are made to permit the beginning scholar the funds to travel and/or to reimburse the senior investigator for travel and consultation. These grants may also be used to support travel to a research training seminar in the US or abroad that is a relevant to the applicant's career plans.
- Awards of up to $15,000 for one year to support the beginning career of a psychoanalytic investigator. These mini-career awards are intended, for example, to "buy time" for a junior faculty member or clinician just starting a practice so that they may consult with other investigators, join an investigative team, or attend seminars on research methodology or specific methods relevant to their research. Note that these awards are different from # 2 and # 3. Applicants for these awards must provide a career development plan with letters from appropriate faculty and mentors describing the candidate's career development plan and how the award will facilitate the candidate's goals.