Parapsychological Association Research Endowment

The Parapsychological Association (PA) received a generous donation from Dr. Gertrude Schmeidler to establish an endowment for scholarships and grants-in-aid. Its purpose is to encourage parapsychological research by students and other researchers. Dr. Schmeidler is one of parapsychology's leading researchers and educators, and with this endowment she continues and broadens her contributions to scientific parapsychology. The awards are administered by the Board of the Parapsychological Association through a committee that evaluates the grant requests. One or more awards are made each year, and the Board's preference is to enable two or more projects that require on the order of US$2,000 to US$5,000. These awards are primarily intended to pay for direct costs of conducting research, but may also be used to help defray other expenses provided the applicant is able to document the relevance of such support to parapsychological research.

Ordinarily upon award, 90% of the funds are provided. After the awardee sends a final report to the committee detailing the results of the project and how the money was spent, the final 10% of the grant is disbursed. Under exceptional circumstances the grant committee may decide to disburse the entire amount before the final report is submitted, but a report is still required.  Researchers who have received a PARE grants in prior years must complete that research before being considered for additional funding.

In accordance with the goals of the Parapsychological Association to achieve a scientific understanding of psychic phenomena, including telepathy, clairvoyance, remote viewing, psychokinesis, psychic healing, and precognition, experimental research is a primary target for support, but proposals addressing phenomenological, sociological, historical, and other approaches will be considered. Applications for renewal of grants are also acceptable. The committee will accept brief, formal proposals (less than 3,000 words), in either plain text or an MS Word document, preferably submitted electronically. The proposal should have a cover page with the Title and a brief abstract (50 words or less) of the research, contact information for the applicant, and a short statement of personal qualifications. The latter should include indication of student status or a degree from an accredited university. The body of the proposal should describe the proposed research with a clear statement of the hypothesis or other focus of the work, a short summary of the relevant literature, some information about methodology, a statement of the resources needed along with a budget, an expected time-line for completion, and plans for formal presentation and/or publication of the work. Letters of support from people who will be involved in supervising or helping with the work, or other relevant documentation, will substantially assist the committee in its deliberations.

Judgments will be made based on the quality of the proposal and its prospects for completion as a useful contribution to the field. Applications should follow the guidelines below and must be submitted using this template, and must be submitted by June 30th. 

Please send all materials and inquiries to: Dr. David Vernon at grants@parapsych.org.

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2019 PARE Awardees

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 9, 2019
The Parapsychological Association furthers the scientific study of near death experiences by supporting the research of multi-disciplinary investigators around the globe. More

2018 PARE Awardee

An investigation using Kirlian photography to measure the impact of directed intention on nonbiological targets is the 2018 PARE winning grant proposal. More

2017 PARE Awardees

This year’s PARE funds will support research in associative remote viewing; the psychology of attachment and the exceptional experiences of twins; and perceptual and psychophenomenological traits associated with varieties of healing practices. More

Researchers at EvanLab Explore OBEs through Hypnosis

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019
Is it possible to induce an Out-of-Body-Experience (OBE) using hypnotic suggestion? What might be the electroencephalogram (EEG ) correlates of this experience compared with the EEG correlates of a deep hypnosis? A Parapsychological Association Research ... More

2016 PARE Awardees

This year’s PARE funds will support individual who are investigating near death experiences and out-of-body experiences. More

2015 PARE Awardees

Last Updated: Thursday, November 19, 2015
This year’s PARE funds will support teams who are investigating hypnosis-induced out-of-body experiences and scopathesia. More

2014 PARE Awardees

Last Updated: Monday, October 13, 2014
This year’s PARE funds will support an examination of historical research archives on haunting and poltergeist activity in the United Kingdom, experiments on synchronous physiological responses between twins, and a replication of previous experiments on ... More

Application Guidelines for PARE Grants

Applications for PARE grants should show explicit attention to the matters listed below. These points may usefully be implemented as headings within the application (perhaps supplemented by other headings according to the nature of the individual ... More

2013 PARE Awardees

An investigation of altered states of consciousness and precognitive abilities and research into the role of Facebook as medium for post-mortem communication are the subjects of study for the 2013 PARE winning grant proposals. More

Argentinian Parapsychologists Work with Spiritist Groups to Produce Exhibit and Book

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019
A Parapsychological Association Research Endowment (PARE) grant provided funding for the research project “Spiritism in the Voice of Spiritists,” lead by Juan Corbetta , Juan Gimeno, and Fabian Savall in conjunction with the Instituto de ... More

2012 PARE Awardees Announced

Healing Touch therapy, the role of memory in precognitive dream experience and a replication of Dean Radin’s presentiment studies are the subjects of study for 2012 PARE winning grant proposals. More

Luke: Luck beliefs and Psi-Mediated Instrumental Response (PMIR)

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019
Report of completed research funded by the Parapsychological Association Research Endowment in 2006 More

Terhune: The incidence and determinants of visual phenomenology during out-of-body experiences

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019
Report of completed research funded by the Parapsychological Association Research Endowment in 2005 More

Wilde, David: Do out-of-body experients have better visual imagery skills than non-experients?

Last Updated: Friday, October 4, 2019
Report of completed research funded by the Parapsychological Association Research Endowment in 2005. More

PARE Grant 2008 Awardees

Renaud Evrard received a PARE grant for a proposal entitled “Differential clinical approach to exceptional experiences : from traumatic to growth processes in teenagers and adults.” Alexander Batthyany was granted for “Retroactive ... More
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