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Research Grant



The Silvan S. Tomkins Grant for Research in the Affective Sciences is offered by the Tomkins Institute to support publishable research on the processes and functions of affect and emotions. The grant is open to graduate students, faculty, and independent researchers to support research in the affective sciences. Funding is available up to $3000.


Review Criteria


The primary criteria for awarding the grant are related to the quality of the research proposal. Proposals will be rated on the justification for the research contextualized in a cogent literature review, the clarity of the research question, the appropriateness of the research design, and the theoretical or applied importance of the research. Consideration will be given to research that investigates theoretical propositions suggested by Silvan S. Tomkins. Secondary criteria are related to the quality of the applicant, including previous publications or conference presentations, awards won, personal statement, and the letter of recommendation from the research adviser.




Preference will be given to students and/or faculty at an accredited university, but applications from independent researchers will be accepted and held to the same standards of academic rigor, including IRB approval. Applicants should have demonstrated research competence and commitment to basic or applied affective science. IRB approval must be received before funding can be awarded if human participants are involved.


How to Apply


Research proposal. Please include the following in a single document, not to exceed five pages, one-inch margins, 12-point Times New Roman, single-spaced.


Literature review. Relevant background, justification for research, objectives of research


Method. Detailed enough so that the design, procedures, and analysis can be evaluated


Anticipated outcomes. Impact of findings, including the implications of the anticipated results or null results. 

Additional documents:


Project timeline (not to exceed one page)


Detailed budget and justification (not to exceed one page). Do not include institutional or overhead costs. Applicants may use grant monies for direct costs of their proposed project.


Abbreviated CV (not to exceed five pages)Personal statement of commitment to affective science (not to exceed one page)


Supporting faculty supervisor letter (if the applicant is a student)List of peer-reviewed journals this research may be appropriate for (at least three)


Submission Process


Application materials should be submitted online by November 1 via the webpage ( applications that contain all required elements will be considered.


Applicants will be notified when a completed application has been received and is under consideration.


Applicants will be notified of the funding decision by March 1.


Contact: mariamcman at gmail dot com.


Fund Disbursement


One-half of funds will be disbursed within 30 days of notification of IRB approval.

The remaining half of funds will be disbursed within 30 days of notification of submission to peer-reviewed journal, along with submitted manuscript.

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