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$25,000 Research Grant Award

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To celebrate 25 years of EMDR therapy research, the EMDR Research Foundation is offering at least one $25000 Research Grant Award.  More than one study may be funded, based on the quality of the applications.

Areas of Priority

In December 2013, the EMDR Research Foundation announced the following new research priorities:

1st Priority – Advancing Evidence Based Practice: Increase the availability of quality EMDR research in areas where we already have a foot-hold in the literature but where more evidence is needed. Specifically, those areas are in the use of EMDR therapy to treat:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Military PTSD
  • Phantom Limb Pain
  • To enhance recovery from the impact of cardiac events and the diagnosis and treatment of cancer

2nd Priority – Addressing the Global Burden of Trauma: Investigate the use of EMDR in natural or man-made disaster responses, by determining the effectiveness of the following protocols: early intervention protocols, the child or adult group protocols, or the use of EMDR standard protocols in disaster response.

3rd Priority – Building Clinical Evidence: There are a number of areas where EMDR therapy is being used, clinical observations are positive, and there are some research indicators of success. However, more research is needed to build a body of literature in these populations or diagnostic categories, including but not limited to:

  • Addictions
  • Eating disorders
  • Dissociative disorders
  • Additional medical/somatic conditions
  • Suicide prevention and/or to address the impact of suicide

These priorities apply to research across the lifespan, so that a study might address, for example, adolescent addiction, or geriatric depression.


A researcher who has earned a doctorate in social work, psychology, nursing or a related field, who is affiliated with a college, university, or research institution, is eligible to apply for this grant. Practitioners/clinicians who possess relevant research experience are encouraged to apply. Collaborative partnerships between researchers affiliated with a college, university, or research institution and practitioners/clinicians with expertise in EMDR are encouraged and preferred. If the research grant is awarded, the affiliated institution must assume responsibility for and serve as the fiscal agent for the project. The principal investigator will assume responsibility for and serve as the fiscal agent for any project without an institutional affiliation As an international organization the EMDR Research Foundation accepts proposals from U.S. and international researchers, however, applications must be submitted in English and budgets developed in U.S. dollars.

Applications for $25000 Award

Applications are due September 1, 2014. The recipients of the award will be notified of their selection by December 1, 2014. An electronic copy of each application document is required. Any application received without all required documents will not be reviewed. All materials should be collated and sent together.

The required application documents include:

  • Cover sheet that provides name, address, phone number, email, university, graduate department or school, project title, and abstract
  • Proposal Narrative (maximum of 10 double-spaced pages, not including references):
    • Statement of the problem and specific research aims
    • Background literature
    • Research design & methods (including measures and data analysis plan)
    • Significance of the proposed study
  • Copies of the measures
  • Letters of agreement from any partnering organizations
  • Evidence of Institutional Review Board approval or equivalent for international researchers
  • Timeline for proposed study identifying key tasks
  • Proposed project budget (this may exceed the amount of the grant)
  • A curriculum vitae of the Principal Investigator and research team members

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and faxed documents will not be accepted. Materials received after the deadline will not be accepted or reviewed. There will be no extensions of deadlines for any individual for any reason. Applicants are advised to keep a complete set of application documents for their own files.

Selection Criteria

A committee of scholars with expertise in research design and EMDR will independently and blindly review each application. The committee will consider the following criteria when evaluating the merits of each application:

1. The degree to which the proposed study addresses the priority areas established by the Foundation as listed in this announcement.

2. The overall methodological quality of the proposed research project. Please note: qualitative and quantitative methods are both valuable scientific approaches. The evaluation of a proposal will be based on the soundness of the methodological choices made in order to most effectively answer the research questions.

3. The potential significance the study has for building knowledge in and strengthening EMDR practice

4. The feasibility of the proposed study and the applicant’s ability to complete it in a timely manner.

Duration of the Project and Reporting Expectations

The project can proceed for up to two years. A progress report will be due one year after the funding cycle begins. The award recipient will be expected to provide an overview of progress made toward completion of the research project and an accounting of expenditures covered by the grant. An updated timeline should also be provided in the report. Upon completion of the project a final report will be due summarizing expenditures and outcomes of the study. Any articles submitted to or accepted for publication by an academic journal should also be sent to the EMDR Research Foundation.

Allowable Expenses

The applicant may use the grant to cover the costs of conducting the proposed study, but may not use it to pay for indirect costs, travel, equipment, or for one’s time. Examples of allowable costs include: instruments, research assistants, transcriptions, interviewers, coders, software, statistical training or consultation, printing, photocopying, office supplies, postage, travel to interview sites, and incentives for participants. All unexpended funds remaining at the end of the 2 year time period must be returned to the EMDR Research Foundation.

Submit application to:

EMDR Research Foundation
401 West 15th Street, Suite 695
Austin, TX 78701

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