Research Awards

The American Art Therapy Association and its generous donors provide annual Research Awards which are publicly presented at a special ceremony during the Annual Conference to encourage the growth of the art therapy profession by rewarding excellence and enabling access to information and resources for the members who are selected by the Research Committee. The Research Committee is proud to announce an unprecedented opportunity for 2018:  Seed Grants. Seed Grant funding is available and intended to support pilot studies and clinician-researcher partnerships in art therapy. This year, the Research Committee, through a highly competitive selection process, will bestow two seed grants for research and four awards:
     Seed Grant
     American Art Therapy Association Research Award

     Doctoral Student Research Award
     Gladys Agell Award for Excellence in Research 
     Rawley Silver Research Award

APPLICATION DIRECTIONS

Research Award and Seed Grant applicants must be current members of the American Art Therapy Association. Follow the guidelines for the award and/or grant for which you are applying, and submit all required materials via e-mail to info@arttherapy.org with the award name in the subject line.
Click here for full details on 2018 Seed Grants. 
Click here for full details on 2018 Research Awards. 


DEADLINE

Applications and supplemental materials must be received by close of business (5:00 p.m. EST) on June 29, 2018.


REVIEW PROCESS

Members of the Research Committee or their designees will review proposals using the Evaluation Criteria explained for each separate grant or award. Members of the committee who review proposals must be blind to the identity of individuals submitting a proposal to ensure impartiality; they must not know the applicants. If committee members who can remain blind to the applicant identity are not available to review submissions, the Chair will invite qualified reviewers from outside the committee to review a submission. Outside reviewers will be chosen in consultation with other Research Committee members who are knowledgeable of art therapists with research expertise and able to provide a careful and thoughtful judgment on submissions.


SEED GRANT

The purpose of these seed grants is to support the generation of research in art therapy. The grant requires a clinician-researcher collaboration and is open to art therapists worldwide (One of the Principal Investigators must however be a member of AATA). The grant period can be up to but no longer than two years in length. The proposal should include a clear articulation of how the clinician-researcher partnership will be structured for the project. Maximum Award Amount: 2 awards available, each up to $4,000.00

Proposal Narrative:

  • Principal Investigators (PIs) Names 
  • Proposal Title
  • Problem / Issue & Goals:  Summary of the research or creative activity proposed, which should include the following: 
    • Clear statement of the problem and significance of study 
    • Aims and objectives of the proposed study
    • Literature review, leading up to an identified gap in the art therapy literature 
    • Research Design for the study 
    • Population and Sample 
    • Recruitment procedures 
    • Measures (include efforts to ensure validity and reliability) 
    • Data Collection Procedures 
    • Data analysis plan 
    • Brief description of project PIs experience as relevant to the project and how the clinician-researcher partnership will be implemented
2018 Seed Grant RFP

AMERICAN ART THERAPY ASSOCIATION RESEARCH AWARD

This award is given out to professional members of the American Art Therapy Association in support of excellence in research. Maximum Award Amount: $1,000.00

Eligibility Criteria for Award:

  1. The researcher must be a member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
  2. Research could be in progress or completed research, but not dissertation or thesis work.
  3. 2018 Application Form
DOCTORAL STUDENT RESEARCH AWARD

This award is to fund art therapy research being conducted as part of doctoral studies. Maximum Award Amount: $2,000.00

Eligibility Criteria for Award:

  1. The researcher must be a member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
  2. The researcher must be enrolled in a full-time or part-time doctoral program. 
  3. The research must be related to the advancement of the knowledge base of the field of art therapy. 
  4. 2018 Application Form
GLADYS AGELL AWARD FOR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH

This award is given out to student members of the American Art Therapy Association in support of excellence in research. Maximum Award Amount: $250.00

Eligibility Criteria for Award:

  1. The researcher must be a student member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
  2. An art therapist must be the principal investigator.
  3. The study must be conducted in the area of applied art therapy research.
  4. The research design must use a statistical measure.
  5. The research must be student work completed within the past year. Both May and December graduates may submit papers by June 29 of the following year.
  6. 2018 Application Form
RAWLEY SILVER RESEARCH AWARD

The purpose of this award is to fund an art therapy research study in its proposal stage. Maximum Award Amount: $1,000.00

Eligibility Criteria for Award:

  1. The researcher must be a voting member of the American Art Therapy Association, Inc.
  2. Individuals may submit (or be part of a submission team) for only one proposal. Multiple submissions by any researcher (individually or as part of a research team) will not be accepted.
  3. The research must be in a proposal stage or an early progress stage.
  4. 2018 Application Form

Direct questions to: info@arttherapy.org