Since its inception, the Foundation for Personality and Social Psychology (FPSP) has been quite active, initially establishing the SAGE, Diener, Cialdini, and Rusbult career awards. Through the Heritage Initiative, FPSP has also begun to launch additional awards to honor those who have made significant contributions to our field. As a direct result of funds raised, FPSP will award an inaugural round of Heritage Dissertations Research Awards this year.
FPSP is designed to provide crucial support for wide-ranging, forward-looking, long-term activities that could enhance the discipline. It focuses on development and fundraising, seeking gifts and donations to fund activities that have the potential to augment and broaden the vigor of personality and social psychology. In the future, FPSP will seek to fund an array of fellowships, travel grants, research projects, conferences, and innovative educational programs.
Personality and social psychology faces many challenges, but also lives in an era of unprecedented opportunity. "May you live in interesting times" is an admonition of unclear origin but obvious meaning. Clearly, these are interesting times for the discipline. FPSP was established to rise to the challenge of these interesting times — aiming to raise philanthropic funds and sponsor activities to advance personality and social psychology, ones that will explicitly address the challenges the discipline faces as well as to identify and take advantage of clear opportunities. FPSP is a non-profit charitable organization incorporated in the state of New York since 2006, legally separate from related organizations, while sharing a common commitment to personality and social psychology.