SRF – Grants Program

Awards (up to $10,000 awarded per year)
Source Award: Up to $5000
Connection Award: Up to $2500
Inspiration Award: Up to $1000
Pilot Award: Up to $500

  • Awards must be used for direct costs of research being conducted as part of an academic degree program at an institution of higher learning in the United States.
  • Research projects must be designed to examine the epidemiology, phenomenology, and/or clinical/community/cultural/environmental contexts of psychedelic substances.
  • Direct costs include (but are not limited to) participant incentives, computer software, office materials, and a portion of the award will be specifically designated to be used for travel to present findings to a national or international scientific meeting/conference (poster or oral presentation). Ideally, the meeting/conference will be attended by an SRF Board member to facilitate an in-person connection with SRF.
  • Individual awards are not renewable, but applicants may apply for awards more than once and there is no limit to the number of individual awards that an applicant may be awarded during the course of his or her training.

Diversity Statement
Individuals who identify as a member of a diverse ethnic, racial, gender, religious, or sexual orientation group are especially encouraged to apply. Studies that are designed to address gaps in our understanding of the ways in which the experience of diversity as it relates to psychedelic science and examining psychedelic substance use, or the cultural, environmental, and clinical applications of psychedelics among diversity population are also highly encouraged.

Required application documents

  • SRF Application Form
  • CV or Resume
  • Study proposal (including the background informing the study, research aims, hypotheses, methods, and proposed data analyses)
  • Study budget & brief justification
  • Description of your plan to disseminate the information to scientific and non-scientific communities (e.g., a proposal for travel to present findings at a conference, etc.)

Additional documents depending on the stage of the study:

  • Proposal stage: Projects in the proposal stage (i.e., pre-IRB or academic committee approval) must be approved by the primary research mentor and/or the committee that is overseeing the project, as evidenced by a letter of support from the primary mentor stating that the project has been approved and is in process of seeking IRB approval. If changes to the study occur as part of the IRB approval process, then an updated proposal must be submitted for expedited review and approval at SRF. If accepted for an award, and after the protocol is approved by the local IRB, the applicant must submit the final approval letter to SRF on condition of receiving the award.
  • Data collection stage: Projects in the active data collection stage (post-IRB approval and preparing to recruit or actively recruiting or conducting the study) are eligible for awards, however, the application must be accompanied by the final approval letter from the IRB at the applicant’s institution of higher learning and, in addition to the materials noted above, the applicant must include a brief summary of the status of recruitment or study completion at the time the application is submitted.
  • Data analysis / manuscript writing stage: Projects at this stage (all recruitment and data collection activities are completed) are also eligible for awards. Applications must be accompanied by the final IRB approval letter and, in addition to the materials noted above, must include a brief summary of the participant characteristics (i.e., a flow chart of recruitment and table of main sample characteristics) and a summary of the primary results.
  • Completed projects: Projects that are completed within one year of the application deadline are eligible for awards. Applications must include the final IRB approval letter and, in addition to the materials noted above, a summary of primary findings (e.g., this could be a manuscript or thesis/dissertation document), and a list of presentations/publications that have come from the project. In order to apply at this stage, applicants must also include a secondary analysis section that details a new way in which the data will be examined. Funds can also be used to fund a translational aim of a completed project. Such translational aims could include the use of the data to inform public health, intervention, or other educational/environmental/community endeavors. If applicants are seeking funds for a translational arm of a completed project, then application documents must include specific aims and plan for this secondary project and the justification for any new expenses.

Application Process
Applications due by June 1st of each calendar year.

More details about the application process and forms will be available by April 1st of each calendar year.

Peer Review Committee & Review Process
Each application will be reviewed by no less than two individuals with experience in research methodology. Each application will also be reviewed by one or more scientists in training. Each reviewer will rate each application using a standard form. Ratings are based on the quality and innovation of the study design, the merit of the applicant and their academic mentors, and the likelihood of successful completion of the study. Ratings will be submitted to the president of SRF or their designee. Once ratings are compiled, the Board of Directors will meet to discuss the merits of the highly ranked applications and vote on those applications that should be accepted for awards.

Notification of awards
Awards will be announced by September 1st of each calendar year

Distribution of funds
Receipts for approved expenses can be submitted to SRF for reimbursement. Alternatively, if paying for study expenses presents a hardship to the awardee, SRF may be able to coordinate purchases in an effort to decrease such burden. The awardee must notify SRF at least 30 days prior to any purchase to seek approval and to coordinate the process with SRF staff.

Awardee Agreement
Each SRF awardee agrees to the following, which is conditional upon receiving the award:

  1. All funds will be used in accordance with the budget that was approved by the foundation.
  2. Any changes to the budget must be approved by the president of SRF.
  3. The awardee will submit a progress report every 6 months after the award notification until such time as the project is completed. Future reimbursement of funds is conditional upon timely submission of progress reports. Upon completion of the project the awardee will provide a summary of the findings to SRF. If the project has already been completed, then the summary of findings is required at the time of funds disbursement.
  4. The awardee agrees to present the findings from the project in one of the following formats (research conference or scientific meeting, peer reviewed publication, editorial publication).
  5. The awardee agrees to list SRF as a funding source for the project in any/all presentation formats that come from the project as well as in the official written report of the degree program (i.e., master’s thesis, doctoral dissertation, etc.).
  6. The awardee agrees to uphold the ethical obligations of institution where they are enrolled and from where the study has been approved (or is in the process of becoming approved).