Funds are available from the Group
Foundation for Advancing Mental Health to support group psychotherapy research that focuses on one of
five clinical populations: children, the elderly, the chronic mentally ill, substance
abusers and significantly ill patients with marked functional impairment.
The Group Psychotherapy Foundation is seeking research-focused,
rather than program-focused, applications.
Grants are typically awarded at $2,500-$15,000 depending on the
importance of the research to the field, the seniority of the
investigators and the number of research applications received.
Grant funding can be used to support the basic costs of research, e.g., supplies,
research equipment, photocopying, postage, computer services, statistical consultation and
research assistant salaries; investigator salaries and travel expenses
are not funded.
(Equipment purchased for use with a research project is to be donated to an institution at
the completion of the project.) Grant monies are awarded with an expected completion of
the project in one year as follows: fifty percent upon grant approval, forty percent upon
submission of a six month progress report and the final ten percent upon receipt of a post
The deadline for receipt of research grant application materials is
Email submission is preferred; application materials should be
sent to the Group Foundation at
mailed, one copy should be sent to the Group Foundation for
Advancing Mental Health at 25 East 21st Street, 6th Floor, New York, NY 10010.
The application form may be reproduced in word with electronic
signature, scanned and emailed, faxed or mailed.
Applications must include:
1. Completed application form (initial signature page);
2. 1-page summary of research project;
3. Detailed description of research project which covers the 8
areas mentioned below;
4. Budget information;
5. Information about the investigators, including curriculum vitae of principal investigator;
6. Approval form from the appropriate local ethics review board;
7. Sample of participant consent form;
8. Optional additional materials, e.g., letters of support, reprints.
Applications will be reviewed by researchers who are experts in the
field of group psychotherapy research. Applications are given
scores from 1 – 5 on each of the following areas:
Importance of the topic
(from “not at all important” to “very important”). Successful
applications will make a compelling and logical argument for why the
completion of the research project would move the field of group
psychotherapy research forward and/or improve public health.
Would the study contribute to the body of evidence supporting the
efficacy of group psychotherapy
(rated from “not at all” to “greatly”)? Successful applications
will illustrate how the research study, if conducted, will provide a
needed contribution to the existing group psychotherapy literature.
Coverage of the literature
(rated from “poor” to “excellent”). Successful applications will
provide an organized, focused review of the literature on which the
study is built, illustrating the contribution that the new study
Conceptual framework (rated from
“poor” to “clear and compelling”). Successful applications will
provide a clearly delineated theoretical rationale for their
intervention strategy, possibly including a diagram or other
description of how the intervention affects its proximal and
(rated from “flawed” to “state-of-the-art”). Successful
applications will provide a clear rationale for the choice of study
design (e.g., open trial, non-randomized control, randomized
control), along with a clear and accurate description of how the
design will help meet the purposes of the study. For example, a
small open trial of a new treatment can be extremely useful for
working on additional treatment development and demonstrating
feasibility and acceptability of the new treatment, but it cannot
demonstrate treatment efficacy.
Appropriateness of measures (psychometric quality, relevance;
“inappropriate” to “appropriate”). Successful applications will use
instruments that measure the constructs in question and will include
information on the reliability and validity of the measures for the
Appropriateness of statistical approach (relevant analyses, power
rated from “inappropriate” to “appropriate”). Successful
applications will include a complete and appropriate analytic plan.
Feasibility of study (investigator experience, realistic proposal,
rated from “doubtful” to “no concerns”). Successful applications
will be feasible.
The detailed project summaries should be detailed enough to allow
reviewers to accurately rate each of these eight categories. There
are no page limits for the Group Foundation grant applications.
9. Conditions Governing the Award: Recipients must agree to accept the conditions governing the award as determined by the
Group Foundation for Advancing Mental Health which include:
- Carrying out the project as approved by the Group Foundation;
- Submitting progress reports as requested by the Group Foundation;
- Submitting a final report no later than three months after completion of the
- Returning any unspent funds to the Group Foundation.
Should funding of the project be approved, acknowledgment of the Group
Foundation's support is to be included in all publications derived from the award.
Additionally, grant recipients are encouraged to submit reports to
the International Journal of Group Psychotherapy for consideration