The Lewis Foundation provides grants in the range of $5,000–$30,000 to research projects that advance the science of interpersonal relationships. We like projects involving close collaboration between members of two or more professional disciplines. We do not support repeated annual funding or multi-grantor projects unless those funds are already in hand. However, we do support pilot projects that may lead to larger projects to be funded by others.
Grants are open to nonprofit organizations that qualify as public charities for federal income tax purposes.
Applications should be double spaced in a 12-point font, pages numbered, ideally about 10–12 pages in length (not double sided)–exclusive of brief CVs or resumes– and cover the below requirements. The most successful applications are written with two different audiences in mind: professional reviewers (clinical and developmental psychologists, psychiatrists, and social workers) and board trustees (business and community leaders).
- Statement of purpose of the project.
- Background and brief literature review.
- Method: subjects, procedures, design, statistical approaches.
- Human rights, ethical considerations, informed consent; notice of IRB approval*.
- Time frame from beginning through major steps to completion.
- Relationship to the areas of primary interest of Lewis Foundation.
- Scientific importance of the project.
- Practical or applied importance of the project: who stands to benefit, and how.
- Detailed project budget (click here to see an example of a sample budget with the bare minimum of information needed); indicate clearly what is being requested from Lewis Foundation and all additional funding for this project that will be needed or applied for from other sources. Please identify those sources and the amounts to be applied for, or that have been pledged or received. Express salary figures in terms of hourly rate and number of hours over the course of the project. A clear explanation for each budget item is required. Please do not make the budget an Appendix.
- Copy of any proposed paper and pencil measures and a list of validity and reliability references for each instrument.
- Plan for dissemination of results.
- Description of applicant’s institution or agency and verification of “public charity” status in the form of an IRS determination letter.
- Identification of at least two individuals responsible for the project who may be contacted for further discussion; (Limit CVs to 15 pages).
* Grant applicants from institutions that have an Institutional Review Board must provide notice of their IRB’s approval of the grant application project and a copy of the consent form to be used. Applicants who do not have an IRB should request a copy of our “IRB Sample Guidelines.”
Once you have incorporated all of the necessary information and are ready to submit you can attach your grant file to an email and send it to Administrator at JMLewisfoundation@att.net by 3 p.m. on the application deadline date.
Your grant application is acceptable in Adobe pdf or Microsoft Word format. Or you can mail four copies of your grant to the Foundation at 6301 Gaston Ave., Suite 620, Dallas, Texas 75214.
We rely on highly skilled reviewers. All are senior mental health professionals with many years of experience as psychotherapists, teachers, and clinical research directors. All have had long involvement with the Foundation and are intimately familiar with its history and mission. Each reviewer independently reads every application and completes a form entitled Grant Application Evaluation. This form directs the reviewer to address the 12 areas of concern listed. The reviewer notes under each category whether the application fulfills this area of concern or falls short in some fashion.
The reviewer records notes concerning the application’s clarity, completeness, and compliance with guidelines.
The Board Decision
Grant Application Deadlines
Grant Application Must Be Received By: To Be Considered by the Board of Trustees:
March 7, 2023 May 2023
July 11, 2023 September 2023
November 7, 2023 January 2024
It is clear in some grant applications that the applicants are essentially requesting funds to pay current operating costs; that is, basic salaries, rent, utilities and other costs of doing business rather than requesting funds earmarked for a specific research project. The Foundation does not fund overhead or administrative costs. Lewis Foundation grants do not support overhead, indirect costs, general administrative expenses, or travel for attending professional meetings.
In the “Topics to cover in the application…” section listed above, #4 directs the applicant to address human rights, ethical considerations, and informed consent. University staff will need to provide a letter from their Institutional Review Board noting approval of the grant application project and a copy of the consent form to be used. Staff employed in institutions that do not have an Institutional Review Board should provide a copy of our Institutional Review Board Sample Guidelines with the grant application. This document requires the signature of the project director, the executive director of the organization, and the board chairperson indicating that they have carefully reviewed the grant application and the items listed in the Sample Guidelines and agree that the research project successfully addresses the concerns of feasibility, meaningfulness, human rights, and informed consent. The consent form to be used in the study must be included along with a copy of the Institutional Review Board Sample Guidelines in the grant application.
Consent forms should not be written in “lawyerly” language, but rather should be composed in plain English.
Most studies involve some kind of research questionnaires or other paper and pencil measures. A copy of each such instrument and references supporting the reliability and validity of the measures must be included in the grant application.
A brief description of the applicant’s institution or agency and verification of public charity status in the form of an IRS determination letter is necessary. It is not necessary to include lengthy descriptions about the institution or agency.