Grant Application Instructions

The Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality has a Grants-in-Aid program that provides up to $1,000 (per grant) to support scientific sexuality research in areas not likely to receive support from other sources. The money may be used for either a small project that can be completed with the help of the grant or as part of a larger study that might ultimately be funded from other sources.

FSSS especially encourages proposals involving:

  • uniquely timely research opportunities;
  • new investigators;
  • volunteer research teams;
  • actual, not pilot projects.

Funds may be used for any purpose relevant to the conducting of the research. Funds will not normally be provided for travel to conventions, stipends for principal investigators, or manuscript preparation. Grants do not cover indirect costs.

COMPETITION IS OPEN TO ALL PROFESSIONALS CONDUCTING RESEARCH ON HUMAN SEXUALITY. Grants will not normally be made to students for class projects, thesis or dissertation research. Student Research Grant Awards, funded by FSSS, are already available through SSSS. Proposals may be submitted at any time during the year. Normally grants will be made in May and November. Proposals that are timely or event oriented may be supported at any time, at the discretion of the granting committee.

FSSS Grants-in-Aid Program: Application Instructions

  1. Prepare an MS Word document (.doc or .rtf), with a maximum of 5 pages for the title and description of the proposed research and 2 pages for the bibliography (double-spaced). Do not put your name or the name of your institution in the document. This should be sufficiently detailed to enable the readers to understand the research question, your hypothesis, methods, and proposed statistical analysis (as applicable).
  2. Prepare a proposed budget for your project, again in Word. Include other sources of income or funding you have received or will receive. Again, please do not indicate your name or institution within the budget document.
  3. Prepare a current CV of the Principal Investigator.
  4. Obtain IRB approval or equivalent.
  5. The form requires inclusion of a 150-word abstract of the proposed research. This short abstract will be used by The Society in a summary of all projects submitted and should stand on its own apart from the full abstract. The title must appear on the abstract.
  6. The form requires a short biographical sketch suitable for use in The Society’s NEWSLETTER to introduce the winner of the grant.
  7. Complete the online application form, attaching the required documents. Items 1-6 must be done prior to final form completion.

For additional information contact:

Patricia J. Aletky, Ph.D. at


Peter B. Anderson, Ph.D., Professor
Full-Time Faculty,
Ph.D. in Health Services
College of Health Sciences
Walden University
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Minneapolis, MN 55401
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Senior Editor Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality